THE RED SPIDER
 
 
  Czerwony Pająk

 

 

drama I 2015 I Poland

 

Original Title:  Czerwony Pająk

 

Duration:  95 min

Language:  Polish with English subtitles

 

Director: Marcin Koszałka 

Writer: Marcin Koszałka, Łukasz M. Maciejewski 

 

Cast: Filip Pławiak, Adam Woronowicz, Julia Kijowska, Małgorzata Foremniak, Wojciech Zieliński, Marek Kalita, Przemysław Bluszcz, Piotr Głowacki

 

 

 

 

 THE RED SPIDER

 

 

Karol Kremer (Filip Pławiak) is a diving champion from a privileged family living in the 1960s Cracow. Poland is under communist rule, and times are dark and murky while the city is empty and uninviting. After winning a diving tournament, Karol and his teammates go to a local funfair to celebrate his success. On his way back he discovers the body of a murdered boy, presumably the newest victim of the Red Spider, a terrifying serial killer, prowling the streets of Cracow. Spotting a stranger leaving the fairground, Karol follows him and tries to get closer to the silent, mysterious man, whom he believes to be the infamous murderer.

 

The Red Spider, a Polish-Czech-Slovak co-production, is a story inspired by two characters, Lucjan Staniak (‘the Red Spider’), a fictional crime literature serial killer, and the real acts of serial murderer Karol Kot (later named the Cracow’s Vampire), who was one of the youngest serial killers ever and became a media celebrity in the 1960s.

The Red Spider plays with true, false and made up beliefs. Choosing the name of a fabricated serial killer for the title of Koszałka’s film is just another element of this game. Who is The Red Spider in the film? Karol? The mysterious vet Karol believes to be the serial killer, or maybe the Communist system? You decide.

 

"The Red Spider is a solid addition to Polish cinema's long track record of serious-minded, well-crafted, morally questing drama. With Koszalka acting as his own cinematographer, this Polish-Slovakian-Czech co-production is beautifully lit, crisply edited and handsomely shot in muted colors. Petr Ostrouchov's spare score, insinuating and disquieting, is deployed with elegant restraint. The 25-year-old Plawiak also impresses in just his second lead role, a potential future Euro-star who possesses some of the sharp-edged intensity of a young Edward Norton or Ryan Gosling"

 

Hollywood Reporter

WINNER

 

Best Director - goEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden 2016

FIPRESCI International Critics Award - goEast Film Festival, Wiesbaden 2016

Best Film - Shadi Abd El Salam Award at Cairo International Film Critics Week, 2015

The French Critics’ Award – International Film Festival in Arras, the French Critics’ Award, 2015

 

 

 

 

RED SPIDER

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Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

RED SPIDER

RED SPIDER

Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

RED SPIDER

RED SPIDER

Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

RED SPIDER

RED SPIDER

Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

RED SPIDER

RED SPIDER

Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

RED SPIDER

RED SPIDER

Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

RED SPIDER

RED SPIDER

Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

RED SPIDER

RED SPIDER

Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

RED SPIDER

RED SPIDER

Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

RED SPIDER

RED SPIDER

Czerwony Pająk / photo. Adam Golec

All non-English films screen with English subtitles.

POLISH FILM FESTIVAL  2016 

WALPURGIS NIGHT 

Sunday 26 June 6:30

 

 

THESE DAUGHTERS OF MINE

Thursday 16 June 6:30

 

 

PLANET SINGLE

Thursday 30 June 6:30

 

 

LIFE MUST GO ON

Sunday 3 July 6:30

 

 

LETTERS TO SANTA 2 

Sunday 19 June 6:30

 

 

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PERTH FESTIVAL DATES

 

 

Program Announced

9 Oct 2020

 

Tickets on Sale
9 Oct 2020

 

Perth Opening Night 

Thursday 29 Oct 2020

Festival Dates

29 Oct  – 15 Dec 2020

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