Section: Youth Film U18 Competition



Magdalena Łazarkiewicz
Poland, 2018, 105 Min

Standing on the threshold to success, Ulka suddenly disappears and only returns after two years – physically battered, mentally unstable, taciturn. The reasons for her disappearance quickly become apparent and not only expose the abysses of her own past. An intimate film about the act of returning home which doesn't succeed if the emotional baggage is too heavy.

The Moonshot Company

Ulka – always cheerful, singing in the church choir and taking part in a singing competition – is suddenly gone. Believed dead by her parents, she returns to the small town of her not too distant youth – changed.  Her boyfriend had her work as a prostitute for several years. She managed to escape. However, the reception is cold: Ulka’s mother tries to erase her past through prayers, her older brother ignores her, and her father worries about the damage to the image of his tour company for pilgrimages that might result from the return of his lost daughter. Only her little brother Karol is unconditional in his desire to be close to her. The increasingly threatening appearance of Ulka's former pimp also makes the echoes of the past gradually sound louder.

Magdalena Łazarkiewicz’s sixth feature film is a haunting portrait of psychological violence in families and its effects on communities. The hypocritical decency complicates sincere mercy and gestures of understanding. Łazarkiewicz succeeds masterfully in not judging her characters: psychologically coherent and visually impressive. WK

DCP | Farbe / Colour
Katarzyna Cesarz Terechowicz, Magdalena Łazarkiewicz
Wojciech Todorow
Artur Kuczkowski, Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasiński
Witold Chomiński
Elwira Pluta
Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz
Sandra Drzymalska, Agnieszka Warchulska, Stanisław Cywka, Katarzyna Herman
Lambros Ziotas
The Moonshot Company
Kasia Karwan
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Magdalena Łazarkiewicz

Magdalena Łazarkiewicz - born 1954 in Warsaw, Poland. She is a theatre and film who graduated from the Silesian University of Katowice. In addition to several feature films, she has also made television films and series as well as documentaries. During her long career she has worked with Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieslowski, among others. 

ODJAZD (1991)
GŁĘBOKA WODA (2011-2013, TV series)

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