GDYNIA: The acclaimed Polish film director Krzysztof Zanussi will showcase his new drama Ether, a coproduction between Poland, the Ukraine, Hungary and Lithuania, in the main competition of the 43rd Gdynia Film Festival, running from 17 to 22 September 2018.
Ether is a psychological drama with a Faust-inspired motive, set at the beginning of the 20th century in Galicia, about a military doctor experimenting with science in order to get power over people.
"He is a man who confused science with religion, and the two should never be confused; that is what this film is about. Ether was a source of great fascination by the end of the 19th Century; because of its power, it could heal pain and take away consciousness. In my film, ether is a metaphor as it becomes a tool of salvation and subjection", Zanussi said in a statement.
Ether was shot in Poland, the Ukraine and Hungary in two sessions between August and December of 2017. It is currently in the last stages of postproduction. The main characters are played by Jacek Poniedziałek, Andrzej Chyra, Maria Riaboshapka, Małgorzata Pritulak, Zsolt László, Ostap Vakuliuk, Stanislav Kolokolnikov and Rafał Mohr.
The movie is produced by Studio Filmowe TOR in coproduction with the Ukrainian outfit Interfilm Production Studio, Lithuania’s Studio Uljana Kim and Hungary’s Laokoon Film, Revolver S.R.L., Bielle RE S.R.L. as well as Poland’s WFDiF, TVP and NC+..
Ether was supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, the Podkarpackie Film Fund, the Ukrainian State Film Agency, the Lithuanian Film Centre and the Hungarian Film Fund.
The film will be released in Poland on 30 November 2018 distributed by Next Film.
Credits:Director: Krzysztof ZanussiScreenwriter: Krzysztof ZanussiDoP: Piotr NiemyjskiCast: Jacek Poniedziałek, Andrzej Chyra, Maria Riaboshapka, Małgorzata Pritulak, Zsolt László, Ostap Vakuliuk, Stanislav Kolokolnikov, Rafał Mohr