24.10.2023 / 16:15
PL: Chleb i sól
Director: Damian Kocur
Script: Damian Kocur, Marta Konarzewska
Cinematography: Tomasz Woźniczka
Editing: Alan Zejer
Producersi: Jacek Bromski, Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuściński
Cast: Jacek Bies, Dawid Piejko, Nikola Raczko, Nadim Suleiman, Nadeem Shalave, Małgorzata Puzio
Tymoteusz, a pianist – student of the Warsaw Academy of Music, returns to his hometown for a vacation. A provincial town, like many in Poland, is a place where time has stood still, especially now during hot holidays. Tymek’s friends and his brother Jacek stayed in the city, also a pianist, who, however, did not enter the Academy of Music and spent time with his friends in the estate. A stay in his hometown is only a holiday stop to Western Europe, where Tymoteusz received a foreign scholarship. The central meeting point for local youth is the newly created kebab bar. Local youth live well with foreigners, but there are some minor exceptions. Over time, the conflict between a group of employees and the boys from the estate worsens. Fear and a sense of threat begin to develop in intimidated foreigners.
The screening will be followed by Q&A session with director Damian Kocur.
The most interesting proposition in Polish social cinema for many years
Nothing seems to be happening and the tension is rising. Everything seems so natural and yet precise. Outstanding direction and flawless actors.
He rejects simple polarization in favor of paradoxes, combining aesthetic imagination with realism.
There hasn’t been such authenticity in Polish cinema for a long time. A few scenes hurt like salt sprinkled on wounds.