I'M A KILLER
 
Jestem Mordercą 

 

 

I'M A KILLER

 

drama, crime, thriller I 2016 I Poland 

SUNDAY, 09/09/2018 6:30pm

 

 

Original Title:  JESTEM MORDERCĄ

Duration:  117 min

Language:  Polish with English subtitles

Director: Maciej Pieprzyca

Writer:  Maciej Pieprzyca

Cast:  Mirosław Haniszewski, Arkadiusz Jakubik,

Agata Kulesza, Magdalena Popławska, Piotr Adamczyk, Tomasz Włosok

 

 

Awarded the Silver Lions for Best Film at the Gdynia Film Festival 2016 and Golden Goblet for Best Director at the Shanghai International Film Festival 2017, I’m a Killer is a fascinating psychological thriller that flawlessly combines elements of comedy, drama and gripping murder investigation. Inspired by the true story of a man sentenced to death in a circumstantial trial known as the “Vampire of Zagłębie” case, it tells the story of a young policeman who under professional and social pressure needs to choose between what is morally right and what will bring him a better future. 

 

In early 1970s a small industrial town in the Silesia region of southern Poland is shaken by a series of murders. All 14 victims are women. When it’s revealed that one of the victims is the niece of the first secretary of the Katowice Voivodship Communist party, pressure increases to catch the so called “vampire”. An ambitious young policeman, Janusz (Mirosław Haniszewski), is assigned to the case and is prepared to do anything to prove himself. Thrown into deep water and pressured by his superiors, he does everything to capture and sentence a murderer despite weak evidence and his own doubts. He introduces a series of innovative techniques and has a large team of detectives to help him catch the killer. After a long and unsuccessful hunt they finally arrest a man who they think might be the murderer. The evidence against him is not strong enough and Kalicki, a simple labourer and father of three, does not want to admit to the crimes. With expectations of a terrorised public and the authorities piling on, in spite of his doubts Janusz eventually makes the suspect sign a confession after grilling him for days. But is he the killer?

​I’m a Killer by Maciej Pieprzyca, an award-winning director of crowd pleaser “Life Feels Good” and “Splinters”, won a number of prizes, including Silver Lions for Best Film at the Gdynia Film Festival 2016 as well as the Eagles, Awards of the Polish Film Academy, for Arkadiusz Jakubik (Best Supporting Actor) and Agata Kulesza (Best Supporting Actress) for their outstanding performances.

The film is inspired by the case of Zdzisław Marchwicki, an alleged serial killer who was sentenced to death by a court in communist ruled Poland in 1975. His death was supposed to calm down social tensions and the authorities turned a blind eye to the fact there were many errors in the investigation and some evidence was fabricated. In 1998 Maciej Pieprzyca made a documentary about the events, and in I’m a Killer he revisits the subject to tell the story from the perspective of a young detective who is put in charge of bringing the murderer to justice.

MACIEJ PIEPRZYCA

Director and scriptwriter born in 1964 in Katowice in Poland. He debuted in 2008 with the film "Splinters". In 2013 he directed "Life Feels Good" – one of the most successful Polish films in recent years, awarded at many international film festivals (Grand Prix, Ecumenical Jury Award and Audience Award at the Montreal World Film Festival; Silver Hugo and Audience Choice Award at the Chicago IFF; Golden Space Needle at the Seattle IFF). For his recent film, “I’m A Killer”, Maciej Pieprzyca received the award for Best Director at the Shanghai International Film Festival (2017). The film also won the Silver Lions and Best Screenplay award at the Gdynia Film Festival (2016).  At the moment Maciej is working on his new feature film, a story of Mietek Kosz, one of the greatest Polish jazz pianists and composers.

AWARDS

 

2017 – Shangai International Film Festival – Best Director

2017 – Cottbus Film Festival – Special Prize for Best Director

2017 – Cottbus Film Festival – Award for Outstanding Actor (Mirosław Haniszewski)

2017 – Polish Academy Awards The Eagles – Best Supporting Actress Award (Agata Kulesza)

2017 – Polish Academy Awards The Eagles – Best Supporting Actor Award (Arkadiusz Jakubik)

2016 – Gdynia Film Festival – Silver Lions

2016 – Gdynia Film Festival – Best Screenplay Award

 

 

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