• Director

    Jan P Matuszyński

  • Producers

    Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham

  • Screenwriter

    Kaja Krawczyk-Wnuk

  • With

    Tomasz Ziętek, Sandra Korzeniak, Mateusz Górski

  • France-Poland-Czech Republic 2021. 160min

  • UK Distribution

    Modern Films

  • Language

    Polish

    With English subtitles

While the killing itself appears to be a case of unmotivated sadism, the case is soon deemed political when reported on the BBC World Service. This leads to a concerted effort by the authorities to distort legal procedure and falsify the evidence through blackmail and physical intimidation. Very much a film in the tradition of Andrzej Wajda’s Man of Marble, Jan P Matuszyński’s second feature provides a penetrating insight into the realities of life in Polish society following the imposition of martial law. Its compelling narrative and strong performances document a critical period in Poland’s history, while making a crucial statement on the necessity for an independent rule of law – a principle that can no longer be taken for granted in supposedly democratic countries.

Peter Hames

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