Gdynia Polish Film Festival Competition Spotlight: 33 Scenes from Life

By Krzysztof Kwiatkowski

Malgorzata Szumowska's 33 Scenes from Life, winner of the Locarno Special Jury Award, depicts a 33-year-old artist who has come to a crossroads in her life.

Active ImageThe main protagonist is played by Julia Jentsch, an actress known for her roles in The Edukators, Sophie Scholl - The Last Days and I Served the King of England. She is partnered by Andrzej Hudziak, the winner of the Best Actor Award at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival in 2006 for A Few People, a Little Time by Andrzej Baranski. Active Image

Szumowska drew attention for her first film, Happy Man, nominated fir the European Film Award. She followed it with Stranger (Ono), a story about pregnancy and motherhood, starring Małgorzata Bela, a model. 33 Scenes From Life is her third full-length feature. The director once again works with cinematographer Michał Englert.

33 Scenes From Life is a Polish-German co-production. Germany is represented by Pandora Filmproduktion GmbH-Koln, and Poland by STI Studio Filmowe Sp. z o. o. The Polish Film Institute granted a subsidy of 1.8 million zlotys. The production was also supported by Film Stiftung NRW and Mediadesk. The film will be distributed in Poland by Kinoswiat, opening in November 2008.

Directing: Małgorzata Szumowska
Screenplay: Małgorzata Szumowska
Cinematography: Michał Englert
Music: Paweł Mykietyn
Art direction: Anna Niemira
Sound: Michał Dominowski
Film editing: Jacek Drosio
Costume Design: Julia Jarża-Brataniec
Production Manager: Janusz Turkowicz
Production: Pandora Filmproduktion GmbH-Koln, STI Studio Filmowe Sp. z o. o.
Producer: Raimond Goebel
Co-producers: Teresa Dworzecka, Małgorzata Szumowska
Executive Producer: Mirosław Warchoł
Distribution: Kino Świat Sp. z o.o.
World distribution: Trust Films Sales
Country & year of production: Poland/Germany 2008

Julia Jentsh
Andrzej Hudziak
Małgorzata Hajewska
Maciej Stuhr
Izabella Kuna
Peter Gentzler


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