Mirka is an unremarkable woman, around the age of 60, who has always wanted to please everyone. Her marriage with husband Julek is loveless, and her adult son takes her care for granted. Even in the hospital on the maternity ward her conscientious work is rarely appreciated. When one day the police turn up at the door and arrest Mirka, everyone is flabbergasted. Armed only with a knife, she had wanted to rob a bank. She is deeply ashamed, and yet should she be? Director Anna Jadowska, the recipient of five awards, including the award for best film, at the FFC 2017 with “Wilde Rosen”, once again describes the fate of women in contemporary Poland. External views, traditional moral concepts and the expectations of those around her determine Mirka's view of herself on her typically post-socialist prefabricated housing estate. Her road to greater self-realisation is rocky, and yet the consistent narrative from her perspective slowly but steadily wins the audience over to a woman who no longer wants to merely be a victim.
Text: Kira Taszman
English: Peter Rickerby
Stadthalle: Original version with English subtitles + German simultaneous translation.
Weltspiegel Saal 2: Original version with English subtitles
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Dorota Pomykała - Mira, Bogdan Koca - Julek
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Anna Jadowska - Graduated from Łódź Film School and Wajda Masterschool of Directing, her feature "Touch Me" (Berlinale 2003 Forum section) wins the Grand Independent Cinema Prize in Poland in 2004. The same year, her short film "Corridor" is selected to the Cannes International Critics’ Week. In 2005, she wins the Best Polish Debut Award for her film "Now, Me". Her last feature, "Wild Roses" (2017) wins again numerous awards among which the Impact Award Stockholm IFF, 5 Awards Cottbus IFF.