Black Mercedes

Janusz Majewski

IFFR 2020

The Tyger Burns

  • 123'
  • Poland
  • 2019

Janusz Majewski certainly loves to play hopscotch with genres, a change of style and atmosphere from film to film. And yet, it's difficult to miss his penchant for crime movies: his splendid second feature, The Criminal Who Stole a Crime (1969), and his true crime masterpiece, The Gorgon Case (1977), to name a few. Black Mercedes fits right in with this pattern, as well as with Majewski's interest in the past, where the majority of his features are set.

The year is 1942 and protagonist Rafał Król, quite the Majewskian anti-hero, serves as an investigator for the Polnische Polizei im Generalgouvernement (the so-called Blue Police) while maintaining his underground contacts. The place is Warsaw, the crime is murder, the victim... and here things get murky pronto. Once Król starts digging into the victim's past, it becomes clear that she was quite different from how she appeared, and what her husband says she was.

Director
Janusz Majewski
Country of production
Poland
Production Year
2019
Festival Edition
IFFR 2020
Length
123'
Medium
DCP
Original title
Czarny Mercedes
Language
Polish
Producer
Wlodzimierz Niderhaus
Production Company
WFDiF
Sales
WFDiF
Screenplay
Janusz Majewski
Cinematography
Arek Tomiak PSC
Editor
Milenia Fiedler PSM, Mariusz Kus PSM
Production Design
Andrzej Halinski, Inga Palacz
Sound Design
Krzysztof Jastrzab
Music
Pawel Lucewicz
Cast
Aleksandar Milicevic, Artur Żmijewski, Andrzej Zielinski, Maria Debska, Lukasz Sikora, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Andrzej Mastalerz