Section: Hits



Maciej Kawalski
Poland, 2022, 107 Min

Zakopane, 1914. Doctor and author Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński wakes up after a night out. He can't remember the events of the last few hours, and then a body is found on the sofa. A fast-paced version of “Hangover”, from the final phase of the Belle Epoque between morals, slapstick and political confusion, which allusively and intelligently makes fun of Polish and therefore European history.

Tadeusz Boy-Żeleński, Witkacy, Joseph Conrad and Bronisław Malinowski are faced with a mystery: they don't know who the dead man in their living room is. It soon turns out that it is Marquis Boy, a writer with French passport, who fell victim to a mix-up; his murderers were actually targeting doctor Tadeusz Żeleński. However, the four well-known bohemian personalities have no time to lose because the police is already knocking on the door. What follows is an eventful ride through the Tatra mountain landscape, including guest appearances by Vladimir Lenin and Józef Piłsudski.

The “Polish Paris” of Zakopane is now turning out to be the scene of a huge conspiracy involving artists, politicians, revolutionaries and gangsters. In his debut film, Maciej Kawalski shows icons of the Polish culture and politics in a new light.

The doctor, lecturer and do-gooder Tadeusz “Boy” Żeleński is taken from a real figure from Polish cultural history, as are other participants involved in the plot such as the pianist Karol Szymanowski and the writer Stanisław Ignacy Witkiewicz. A captivating story full of humor and adventure, presented by thrilling performances from prominent actors such as Tomasz Kot (Cold War) and Andrzej Seweryn (In the Swamp, Różyczka).

Text: Marthe Gärtner


The film will be shown in the Weltspiegel in the original language with English subtitles and simultaneously translated into German. Headphones are available free of charge against a deposit in the cinema foyer.

Maciej Kawalski
Paweł Dyllus
Maciej Pawlowski
Michał Czarnecki
Łukasz Targosz
Marcin Dorociński
Tomasz Kot
Wojciech Mecwaldowski
Andrzej Seweryn
Michał Barczak
Agnieszka Dziedzic
Koi Studio
Aneta Hickinbotham, Leszek Bodzak
Maciej Kawalski

Maciej Kawalski - studied medicine and later film directing at the University of Silesia’s Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. His short films and commercials have won awards at many international festivals. The short “The Last Waltz” was in the shorts competition at the WFF 2014, and “Atlas” (2017) won awards at festivals including Kraków, Gdynia, Miami, New York and Rome. His first feature screenplay, “The Clearing”, made it to the Sundance Screenwriters Lab Semi-Finals and is in pre-production. “Dangerous Men” is his first full-length feature.

2021 Planet Single: Eight Stories. Sounds Like
Love (TV series)
2020 Mały Zgon / Little Death (TV series)
2017 Atlas (short)
2015 Tutto o Niente / All or Nothing (short)
2014 Tribute to Solidarity (animation)
2014 Ostatni walc / The Last Waltz (short)
2011 Zegarmistrz / The Watchmaker (short)
2011 Kobieta za ladą (short doc)

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