drama I 2019 I Poland
SUNDAY, 23/06/2019 6:30pm
Original Title: Zabawa Zabawa
Duration: 88 min
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Director: Kinga Dębska
Writer: Kinga Dębska, Mika Dunin
From the director of the well-received These Daughters of Mine (PFFP 2016 opening film), a poignant new drama with brilliant performances by Agata Kulesza, Dorota Kolak and Maria Dębska. A stirring story of three women: a respected sixty year old child surgeon, a well known prosecutor in her forties and a young professional who are at the top of their game and on the brink of collapse at the same time.
Dorota (Agnieszka Kulesza) is a well known prosecutor and her husband is a famous politician. Teresa (Dorota Kolak) is one of the best children surgeons in the country. Magda is a student with a good job and great career prospects. They have little in common apart from one weakness that step by step brings them to the point of almost losing everything they worked so hard for. Just like many others struggling with alcohol addiction, Teresa, Dorota and Magda don't think they have a drinking problem. When Dorota causes a traffic accident while drink driving, she uses her immunity to avoid prosecution. She claims it was only an innocent accident. Even when her husband, who helped keep her drinking habit a secret, slowly loses patience, she is still in denial of her problem. So is Teresa, who already lost her family due to alcohol. Drinking is also gradually getting out of control for Magda, leading to events that she will never forget. All three are just about to hit rock bottom. Will they find the strength to do something before it is too late?
Kinga Dębska, director of box office hit These Daughters of Mine, was born on September 4, 1969 in Bialystok. She is a screenwriter and director of feature films and documentaries. She has a Master's degree in filmmaking from FAMU Film School in Prague and a Master in Japanology from Warsaw University. Before becoming a director she worked as a journalist. Her films have won awards at many film festivals. These Daughters of Mine (2015) was officialy selected at Rome FF and won the Audience and Journalists Award at Gdynia FF. She is also the author of award-winning documentaries. Her documentary Actress (Aktorka) was awarded with a Golden Grape at the Lubuskie Film Summer.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
WINNER: Audience Award, Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, Cracow I 2019
WINNER: Special Prize for Acting (Agata Kulesza, Dorota Kolak, Maria Dębska), Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, Cracow I 2019
NOMINATED: Golden Lion for Best Film, Gdynia Polish Film Festival I 2018