crime, drama I 2021 I Poland
SATURDAY 13/05/2023 6pm
PALACE NORTON ST
Original Title: Lokatorka
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Director: Michał Otłowski
Writer: Jacek Matecki, Tomasz Klimala
Cast: Sławomira Łozińska, Irena Melcer, Jan Frycz,
Krzysztof Stroiński, Piotr Głowacki, Barbara
Kurzaj, Andrzej Grabowski, Leszek Lichota,
Marcin Czarnik, Tomasz Sapryk, Marek Kalita,
Emilian Kamiński, Maria Mamona,
Inspired by real events, the gripping story of an unsolved crime and a corrupt system allowing mysterious businessmen to buy tenement houses with the intention of forcing out the tenants, renovating the abandoned buildings, and selling them for profit.
Based on the story of Jolanta Brzeska, a well-known Warsaw activist fighting the re-privatization mafia.
The peaceful lives of tenants in a Mokotów district tenement house are disturbed by the appearance of the alleged legal owner of the building. Using ruthless methods, the man forces more and more families to move out. The most determined in her fight for the right to her apartment, where her family has lived for over 70 years, is Janina Markowska (Sławomira Łozińska). When she suddenly disappears in mysterious circumstances the police launch an investigation. With little to no progress, the case is likely to be closed until the investigation is taken over by a young, ambitious officer - Anna Szerucka (Irena Melcer), who is unexpectedly asked to head a special task force. A series of clues leads the officer onto the trail of intrigue involving politicians, agents of the former secret service, and high-ranking members of the bar. An uneven fight with the system begins, with the lives and rights of expelled residents at stake.
Screenwriter, director, producer. Graduate of the Łódź Film School (Film Direction Department) and Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing (Creative Development course for producers). Scholarship-holder of the Berlin Nipkow Programm, European Broadcasting Union, Moonstone International and Media Business School. Two-time finalist of the Hartley-Merrill screenwriting competition. Director and author of the screenplay of the awarded film “Waterline”.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
WINNER: Best Supporting Actress: Slawomira Lozinska I Gdynia Polish Film Festival I 2021
WINNER: Special Award for "bold and uncompromising approach to an important contemporary problem" I Polish Film Festival in America I 2021
WINNER: Society Humanitarian Award I Polish Film Festival in America, Chicago I 2021
WINNER: Golden Gorget I National Culture Festival "Memory and Identity", Warsaw I 2022
WINNER: Best Action Film I Kozzi Film Festival I 2022
NOMINATED: Golden Lions for Best Film I Gdynia Polish Film Festival I 2021
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