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NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN 
 
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NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN

drama, comedy, mystery I 2021 I Poland, Germany 

SUNDAY 17/10/2021 6:30pm

 

 

Polish Title:     Śniegu już nigdy nie będzie

Duration:        113 min

Language:        Polish, Russian, French

 

Director:  Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert,

Writer:     Michał Englert, Małgorzata Szumowska

Cast:        Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska (Body),

                 Agata Kulesza (Cold war, Ida), Weronika Rosati,

                 Łukasz Simlat( Corpus Christi), Andrzej Chyra,

                 Katarzyna Figura, Krzysztof Czeczot

 

 

From multi award-winning writer/director Małgorzata Szumowska (Elles) and her long-time cinematographer Michał Englert, NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN is a beguiling modern fable about an affluent Polish community forever altered by the arrival of an enigmatic stranger who may - or may not - have powers of healing.

One grey, foggy morning, a mysterious young man, Zhenia (Alec Utgoff, Stranger Things), crosses the border from the Ukraine into Poland, carrying only a massage table. When faced with a staid official at Warsaw’s immigration office, he secures the necessary residence permit by simply taking the man’s head in his huge, soft hands and massaging him into a trance.

 

Zhenia soon establishes himself with the well-to-do residents of a suburban gated community of identical white McMansions, where his unique talents quickly become in demand. Among the clientele are Maria (Maja Ostaszewska), who finds a calm in Zhenia that her hostile children and husband don’t provide; derisive widow Ewa (Agata Kulesza, Ida) who lusts after the masseur in more ways than she’ll dare admit; a woman obsessed by her three bulldogs who pleads for them to also be treated, and Wika (Weonika Rosati), who has invested the last hopes for her cancer-stricken husband (Lukasz Simlat, Corpus Christi) in Zhenia’s seemingly magical fingertips. But as he navigates through the affairs, drinking, drug-taking and games of neighbourly one-upmanship, no one thinks to ask Zhenia about his own concerns, least of all his mysterious origins…

Anchored by Utgoff’s utterly magnetic central performance, Szumowska and Englert’s study of class and modern malaise astutely blends magic realism with dark humour and stunning production design to often jaw-dropping effect. Following Pawel Pawlikowski’s Cold War and Jan Komasa’s Corpus Christi as Poland’s official entry to the Academy Awards, NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN is a striking jewel worthy of equal attention.


"Magical. A tour-de-force." The Hollywood Reporter


"A captivating work of art with a very potent premise." — Dwight Brown, National Newspaper Publishers Association


"Dreamlike and unnerving. A hypnotic viewing experience that awakens all senses through our eyes. The plot and imagery are gorgeously intertwined." 
— Carols Aguilar, The Playlist


"A Serene and melancholy, full to the brim with arresting compositions. A modern fairy tale for a cynical world." — William Repass, Slant 

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"Utgoff is irresistibly compelling, instilling in his character a silent yet singular presence worthy of the "superhero" status that he ultimately acquires." Beatrice Loayza, The New York Times

MAŁGORZATA SZUMOWSKA

One of the most prominent Polish directors of today, Małgorzata Szumowska was born in Kraków in 1973. She has directed, written and produced feature and documentary films and has received numerous awards at international and Polish film festivals. After two well-received shorts, her first feature, 'Happy Man' (2000) was nominated 'Discovery of the Year' at the European Film Awards and won the Special Prize in Thessaloniki. Her second feature, 'Strangers' (2004) was presented at Sundance and Berlinale; '33 Scenes From Life' (2008), won her the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Festival. She later directed 'Elles' (2011) with Juliette Binoche, and 'In The Name Of', which won the Teddy Award at Berlinale. She returned to the Berlin festival with 'Body' in 2015 and 'Mug' in 2018, which won her the Silver Bear for Best Director and Grand Jury Prize respectively. Her first English language feature, 'The Other Lamb' (2019) was screened in Toronto, San Sebastian and London. She recently completed a short film for Miu Miu and has just finished her new feature 'Never Gonna Snow Again‘.

AWARDS AND ACCOLADES

WINNER: Premio Fondazione Fai Persona Lavoro Ambiente Award - Special Mention,

                 Venice Film  Festival I 2020

WINNER: Best Cinematography, Polish Film Awards I 2021

NOMINATED: Golden Lion Best Film I Venice Film  Festival I 2020

NOMINATED: Golden Giraldillo Best Film I Seville European Film Festival I 2020

NOMINATED: Grand Prix Golden Listapad Best Film I Minsk International Film Festival I 2020

NOMINATED: Cinema Extraordinaire I Bergen International Film Festival I 2020

NOMINATED: Dragon Award International Competition I Göteborg Film Festival I 2021

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