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51st Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019


Fortnight 1979, Feature film, 1h51


The growth of a young boy, then of a teenager, as much the intellectual as the physical aspects, and the choices that life offers : this is the simplest summary of this film. Actually, what seemed important to me was to ask the following question : what chance does an individual have concerning his own life, confronted with the pressures and social stereotypes, confronted with sacred institutions and the nightmares of daily life. I wanted to raise to issue of the right to determine one’s proper destiny, and to defend human dignity. And I hope that no one will be fooled by the « historic » aspect of my film. Wojciech MARCZEWSKI


Wojciech Marczewski

He was born in Poland. He studyied at the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre and went to university with the intention of studying philosophy and history but he returned to the film school. He received an Award of the Minister of Culture and Art 2nd class in the realm of cinema (for artistic achievement in the films « Zmory / Nightmares » and « Dreszcze / Shivers ») and a general award for cinematic achievement. He was granted the academic title of Professor of Film Art. He worked at the Studio Malych Form Filmowych Se-Ma-For (Se-Ma-For Studio of Small Film Forms) in Lodz, where he created « Lekcja anatomii / The Anatomy Lesson », a short film in which he combined live action with animated elements. He directed a number of television films, including related to World War II, often having stories that were set during, or in some other way linked into, the wartime German occupation of Poland. »Nightmares » came to be considered one of the most important debuts in post-World War II Polish cinema. Marczewski is viewed as making movies that are part of the creative current in Polish cinema.

Bronislaw Pawlik
Hanna Skarzanka
Janusz Michalowski
Maria Chwalibog
Piotr Lysak
Teresa Marczewska
Tomasz Hudziec

Pawel Hajny, Wojciech Marczewski

Wieslaw Zdort

Irena Chorynska

Zigmunt Konieczny


Title in Original Version : Cauchemars