DOLCE FINE GIORNATA
Słodki Koniec Dnia
DOLCE FINE GIORNATA
drama I 2019 I Poland
THURSDAY, 27/06/2019 6:45pm
Original Title: Słodki Koniec Dnia
Duration: 92 min
Language: Italian | Polish | French
with English subtitles
Director: Jacek Borcuch
Writer: Jacek Borcuch, Szczepan Twardoch
A free-spirited writer and recent Nobel Prize winner, Maria Linde lives the perfect life with her family in warm Tuscany while maintaining a secret relationship with a young Egyptian immigrant, the owner of a nearby beach bar. After a horrific terrorist attack in Rome, Maria, the widely admired poet, ignites controversy by sharing unpopular and politically incorrect views on the erosion of democracy, freedom and humanity.
Maria Linde (Krystyna Janda) is a respected Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner for Literature. She lives in a multi-generational house in Tuscany, near the old Etruscan city of Volterra. Her life follows the quiet rhythms of the Italian countryside, until her world and relationships with her husband Antonio (Antonio Catania) and daughter Anna (Kasia Smutniak) begin to erode as she grows fond of a young immigrant, Nazeer (Lorenzo de Moor). At the crossroads of a free spirit and an aging body, Maria tries to define her role in the fast-changing circumstances of her world. When a terrorist attack takes place in Rome, Maria, under the influence of emotions, shares her controversial view about the events in an impassioned acceptance speech, giving up her Nobel Prize and igniting controversy in her village and across Europe. From that moment on, she will experience a startling chain of consequences for her lover, her family, the local community and herself.
Dolce Fine Giornata is a story about a clash of great creative intellect and femininity, with the backdrop of eroding democracy in Europe. From the first to the last scene, Maria has the strength and courage to stand for what she values most.
Jacek Borcuch's newest film Dolce Fine Giornata premiered to great reviews at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, winning the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting (Krystyna Janda). It stars the iconic Polish actress Krystyna Janda (winner of Best Actress at Cannes in 1990), popular Italy-based Polish actress Kasia Smutniak (Loro, Perfect Strangers) and Italian actor Antonio Catania (My Big Gay Italian Wedding).
Borcuch’s understated storytelling and the compelling central performance from Krystyna Janda create a graceful film that is consistently engaging and often very moving
— Alan Hunter, Screen Daily
"Dolce Fine Giornata", a superbly written and performed exercise about a Nobel prize winning poet whose controversial interpretation of terrorism in contemporary European contexts allows for a formidable representation on the complex intersections of art, politics and the tenuously elevated platform afforded celebrated artists. — Nicholas Bell, Ioncinema
The old continent has been setting the tone for hundreds of years, being a point of reference, shaping and imposing a picture of life on our planet. The best of images. Although Europe is still the best place to live, its inhabitants are beginning to demand concrete measures from politicians. Hundreds of thousands of newly arrived refugees are enforcing rapid, often ill-thought decisions, the consequences of which are felt every day by the citizens of Europe. The fear of the unknown, the lack of wise politics and cooperation between the states forming the union make the continent 'stuffy' and very uncertain.
Born in 1970, Brocuch is a Polish director, screenwriter and actor. He graduated in Philosophy at Warsaw University and acting at Theatre Academy in Warsaw. His film All That I Love (2009) screened at major international film festivals such as the Sundance Film Festival (World Cinema Dramatic Competition), the Busan International Film Festival and the International Film Festival Rotterdam. His next film Lasting (2013) won the World Cinema Dramatic Cinematography Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and his latest film Dolce Fine Gioranata won the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting (Krystyna Janda) at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
Krystyna Janda, the dame of Polish cinema, is a film and theater actress known internationally for playing leading roles in films by Polish directors Andrzej Wajda (Man of Marble, Man of Iron), Krzysztof Kieslowski (Dekalog) and Andrzej Zuławski (On a Silver Globe). In 1981, Janda played in the Academy Award-winning movie Mephisto. In 1982 she played the lead character in Ryszard Bugajski's film Przesłuchanie (Interrogation), which premiered seven years later in 1989 following the collapse of communism. Despite the film's late release, she garnered international acclaim for her performance including winning Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1993 she was a member of the jury at the 43rd Berlin International Film Festival. She is considered one of the greatest and most popular actresses in the history of Polish cinema. For her role in Dolce Fine Giornata she was awarded the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
WINNER: World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting (Krystyna Janda),
Sundance Film Festival I 2019
WINNER: Main Prize for Best Film, Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema,
Cracow I 2019