In one of the most remarkable Polish films of the year, director Michal Rosa returns to his previous interest in social drama and focuses the storyline on three people and their lives in a town in the Silesian region. The film follows the stories of the three protagonists: Jozef, Marta and Sebastian. The linking element is their urgent need for an impossible sum of money, each for a different reason.
Jozef, somewhere in his fifties, has to find the money so he can pay for his wife’s new teeth. Marta dreams of leaving her country and finding a new life abroad and Sebastian is a young survivor who has adapted to the harsh life of the free-market economy.The three stories intertwine as the protagonists reveal their dreams and everyday struggles.
The script is based on newspaper notes, overheard stories and dialogues, as well as police reports, which brings it close to real life. We can see in this film a follow-up to the Polish kino socjalnego niepokoju (moral-anxiety films), a movement in the seventies that was very interested in the impact of social and economic changes in the country. However, the film keeps its optimism and faith in people. (LC)

Original title
Co slonko widzialo
Filmmaker
Michal Rosa
Premiere
European premiere
Country
Poland
Year
2006
Medium
35mm
Length
109’
Language
Polish
Producer
Henryk Romanowski
Production Company
Filmcontract, Telewizja Polska S.A., Wytwornia Filmow Dokumentalnych I Fabularnych
Sales
Filmcontract
Writer
Michal Rosa
Cinematography
Bartek Kaczmarek, Andrzej Szulkowski
Editor
Krzysztof Szpetmanski
Production Design
Jerzy Talik
Sound Design
Piotr Domaradzki
Cast
Damian Hryniewicz, Dominika Kluzniak