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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