My Friend the Polish Girl

  • 93'
  • United Kingdom
  • 2018

Katie, a young American documentary maker, casts a Polish woman as protagonist in her film about the life of migrants in London after the Brexit referendum. Her only instruction as director to Alicja is: "Act as if I’m not here."

That does not mean that Katie doesn’t intervene in her life – on the contrary. With confrontational questions, she tries to force intimacy and drives a wedge between Alicja and her boyfriend. Alicja earns a pittance as assistant in a cinema and is trying to get work as an actress while she becomes engrossed in the film; the camera has a magical attraction for her. This documentary soon becomes the report of a questionable game in which the two women challenge each other.

In a powerful and fresh visual language that combines cinéma vérité with drawn animation and style elements from vlogs, this convincing feature debut provides a reflection on the rapacious relationship between filmmaker, subject and spectator.

Directors
Ewa Banaszkiewicz, Mateusz Dymek
Premiere
World premiere
Countries of production
United Kingdom, Poland
Production Year
2018
Festival Edition
IFFR 2018
Length
93'
Medium
DCP
Language
English
Producers
Ewa Banaszkiewicz / Warsaw Pact Films, Mateusz Dymek / Warsaw Pact Films, Sebastian Petryk / PS Films
Production Companies
Warsaw Pact Films, PS Films
Sales
Warsaw Pact Films
Screenplay
Ewa Banaszkiewicz / Warsaw Pact Films, Mateusz Dymek / Warsaw Pact Films
Cinematography
Michał Dymek
Editor
Matylda Dymek, Mateusz Dymek / Warsaw Pact Films
Production Design
Jagoda Szymanska
Music
Tara Creme
Cast
Aneta Piotrowska, Emma Cohen, Daniel Barry, Max Davies, Darren Rose, Andy Abbott