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The Perfect Afternoon

Przemysław Wojcieszek

Poland 2005

10.02. 16:30 Arsenal 1 (Eng. subtitles)
11.02. 10:00 CinemaxX 3 (Eng. subtitles)
12.02. 19:00 CineStar 8 (Eng. subtitles)

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Twenty-year-old Mikołaj, his girlfriend Anna, and his partner Krzysiek have a small publishing house in Gliwice. Mikolaj and Anna plan to marry in a few days. But the young couple finds little time to prepare the wedding – after the financial failure of their first book, they are seeking a suitable new manuscript. Meanwhile, Mikołaj's mother, Maria, who lives in Warsaw, is visited by her ex-husband Andrzej, who lives in Wrocław and used to be a member of Solidarity. Andrzej has received an invitation to their son's wedding and wants to attend it with Maria. But Maria declines; they separated twelve years ago, but it is still painful for her. Andrzej does not give up, and after a long talk, he finally persuades Maria to join him on the trip to Upper Silesia. "In my theater plays and films up to now, I have expressed myself only rather indirectly on social themes. In "The Perfect Afternoon", I wanted to speak openly about everything. In this film, Poland appears as a place where one can live well and where, despite problems, there are many opportunities. Behind the film’s humorous facade is a serious level. I can well understand the stance of many young Poles who believe they can improve their lives by fleeing the country. After my first trip to the United States, I spent half a year thinking of nothing but emigration. But my film shows that one cannot flee oneself and that going away like that changes nothing if you are not on good terms with yourself." Przemysław Wojcieszek

 

Production: Skorpion Art, Telewizja Polska S.A.

World Sales: Skorpion Art

Screenplay: Przemysław Wojcieszek

Cinematographer: Jola Dylewska

Art Direction: Andrzej Płocki

Costume Design: Zuzanna Winiarska

Composer: Radosław Łukasiewicz, Pustki-Band

Cast: Michał Czernecki, Magdalena Popławska, Małgorzata Dobrowolska, Jerzy Stuhr

Format, screen ratio: 35mm, 1:1.85, Color

Running time: 91 minutes, 24 frames/sec.

Language: Polish