In the summer of 1967, Paweł, Piotr, Szymek and Elka, 12-year-old leads in the film, live through the most extraordinary days of their lives. They meet a fascinating boy, gifted with unusual imagination, and full of mystery. He is David Weiser, a Jewish boy. Weiser is planning something extraordinary. At the last stage of preparation, however, an explosion occurs, which everybody considers an accident. As a result Weiser disappears. To the principal participants of the events this becomes their lifelong puzzle, cause of incomprehensible fears, and nightmares.
It is now the year 2000. Thirty years after the tragic and still inexplicable event, the male lead, Paweł Heller, along with his girlfriend Juliana, comes back to Poland from Germany, to the town of his childhood in Silesia. The seemingly forgotten past, however, returns with a magically forceful vengeance.
Golden Bear | Berlinale, Germany, 2001
Best Editing, Best Sound | Polish FF, Poland, 2001
CAST & CREW
Pawel Huelle, Tony Grisoni, Wojciech Marczewski
Director of Photography
Francois Musy, Marek Kuczynski, Joanna Napieralska, Marek Wronko
Marek Kondrat, Krystyna Janda, Juliane Kohler, Teresa Marczewska, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Krzysztof Globisz, Janusz Gajos, Michael Mendl
Lu Films 12
Born 1944, Lodz, Poland. Polish film director and screenwriter. Marczewski began studying directing at the State Higher School of Film, Television and Theatre in 1962. He suspended his studies in 1964 and enrolled in a university to study philosophy and history. Three years later, he returned to the film school to complete the course of study in film directing. He directed twelve films between 1968 and 2001. His 1981 film Shivers won the Silver Bear - Special Jury Prize at the 32nd Berlin IFF. His film Escape from “Liberty” Cinema” was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1991 Cannes IFF. Apart from filmmaking, teaching occupies a prominent place in Marczewski's life. He has taught regularly at the National School of Film and Television in Copenhagen since 1984. From 1992 to 1994 he was dean of the Directing Department at the National School of Film and Television in Great Britain. In addition, Wojciech Marczewski is a co-founder of, and one of the star lecturers at, the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing, which opened its doors to students in Warsaw in 2002.
Like Heaven (1967), The Bridge over the Tracks (1967), An Anatomy Lesson (1968), Attempts (1969), Long Shadows (1972), Travelers like Others (1969), Partings and Returns (1973), Easter (1974), Whiter than Snow (1975), Nightmares (1978), The Housemaster (1979), Shivers (1981), Escape from "Liberty" Cinema (1990), A Time of Betrayal (19697), Weiser (2000)