Section: Polskie Horyzonty

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25 Years of Innocence

Jan Holoubek
Poland, 2020, 112 Min

Over night Tomek's life is turned upside down as he is thrown in jail. Though wrongly accused, he ends up spending almost two decades behind bars; How could that happen? An enthralling prison melodrama.

New Year's Eve 1996/1997; in a village near Wrocław a young girl is raped and murdered. The media are in uproar, and demand that society catch the perpetrator and bring him to justice. The police soon arrest an uneducated young man with no permanent job. Soon afterwards he is sentenced to 25 years in prison.

The story of Tomek Komenda alternates between a reconstruction of what happened at the time, a description of an everyday existence in prison full of violence and humiliation, the story of a young policeman who searches for the truth and the struggle of Tomek's mother, who continues to believe in the innocence of her son (a masterful performance from Agata Kulesza, who will be familiar to audiences from the Oscar-winning film "Ida").

The film was hailed as Discovery of the Year at the 2020 Polish National Film Awards. In spite of worsening pandemic conditions, over 700,000 viewers headed to the cinemas to see it.

1:2.35 [Cinemascope]
Andrzej Golda
Bartlomiej Kaczmarek
5.1 Digital
Rafal Listopad
Krzysztof Lojan
Colin Stetson, Sahra Neufeld
Agata Kulesza, Piotr Trojan, Dariusz Chojnacki
Anna Wasniewska-Gill
TVN Discovery Group
TVN Discovery Group
Joanna Bogunia
Jan Holoubek

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