Section: Feature Film Competition



Tomasz Wasilewski
PL/DE, 2022, 115 Min

Marlena and her partner Tomasz, a few years her junior, live in a lonely house by the sea, happy with each other and with life in their secluded world. Their everyday life is turned upside down however when Marlena, against Tomek's wishes, decides to let her (meanwhile estranged) critically ill son Mikolaj move in with them. It's not only the exhausting care that casts a shadow over their relationship: as Mikolaj moves in, more and more family secrets come to light that had hitherto been hidden for many years

Following on from “United States of Love” (Silver Bear, Berlinale 2016), Tomasz Wasilewsk develops here a complex, unconventional and uncompromising family drama; free in its narrative form and with an inspiring, fascinating, hyper-stylised image design from renowned Romanian cameraman Oleg Mutu.

Text: eksystent Filmverleih

English: Peter Rickerby

Stadthalle: Original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation.

Weltspiegel Saal 2: Original version with English subtitles

Tomasz Wasilewski
Oleg Mutu
Maciej Pawłowski, Ilja Koster
Beata Walentowska
Katarzyna Sobańska, Marcel Sławiński
Dorota Kolak as Marlena
Łukasz Simlat as Tomasz
Tomasz Tyndyk as Mateusz
Katarzyna Herman as Magda
Marta Nieradkiewicz as Iza
Ewa Puszczyńska, Ada Solomon, Jamila Wanske
Extreme Emotions
microFILM, Achtung Panda!
Extreme Emotions
Batalionów Chłopskich 14/82
94-058 Łódź

Ewa Puszczynska
Tomasz Wasilewski

Tomasz Wasilewski - Polish scriptwriter and director. His full–length feature debut In a Bedroom (W sypialni) had its World Premiere in Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2012 and was one of the most frequently presented Polish films at the international film festivals. His 2nd feature film Floating Skyscrapers (Płynące Wieżowce) had its World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival in New York in 2013. American film critics of IndieWire chose Floating Skyscrapers the Best Movie presented at Tribeca; the film went on to win East of the West Competition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2013, the Best Directing Award at Transilvania International Film Festival in 2014, the Audience Award at the International Competition New Horizons in Wrocław, the Best New Directing Talent and the Grand Prix of Juth Jury at Gdynia Film Festival, Poland. In 2016 Variety Magazine picked Tomasz Wasilewski one of “10 Europeans to Watch”. His 3rd film United States of Love (Zjednoczone Stany Miłości) had its World Premiere in Competition of 66th Berlin International Film Festival (2016) and won Silver Bear for Best Script as well Tomasz Wasilewski was nominated as Best European Scriptwriter at 29th European Film Awards. For Best Director he received awards at Valletta FF and Gdynia FF. Fools is his 4th feature film.

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