Producer: Sylvie Barthet, Daniel Battsek, Malgorzata Bela
Writer: Pawel Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki, Piotr Borkowski
Release Date: Dec 21, 2018
Runtime: 1hr 29m
In the 1950s, a music director falls in love with a singer and tries to persuade her to flee communist Poland for France.
Did You Know?
The first Polish-language movie since 1990 to be shown in the Cannes Film Festival competition. Although there were entries from Polish directors Krzysztof Kieslowski and Roman Polanski during that time, they were made in French and English as co-productions.
Like “Roma,” another glory of the current season, the film was shot in black-and-white; the shooter was Lukasz Zal, who was co-cinematographer, with Ryszard Lenczewski, on “Ida.” As in both of those films, the result here is mysteriously ravishing, so much so that you either forget it isn’t in color or take the rich blacks and radiant whites to be colors in their own right. Also, black is the color of the screen between the chapters of a story that takes bold narrative leaps off-screen; the impact of these ellipses is stunning.