Archive of films Snow White and Russian Red / Wojna polsko-ruska

Poland
2009, 108 min

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
Year: 2009

This adaptation of the literary debut by Dorota Masłowska, which was also published in the Czech Republic, tells the story of a tough nationalist, homophobe, racist and anti-semite called Silny. The film is a poetic, direct and disturbing portrayal of love, hopelessness and political burnout in contemporary Central and Eastern Europe.


Synopsis

This adaptation of the controversial literary debut by the then 18-year-old Polish writer Dorota Masłowska tells the story of a tough nationalist, homophobe, racist and anti-semite called Silny. His girlfriend Magda leaves him and he gets together with the satanist virgin Angela. Together they hang out in the nihilistic environment of drug-dependent urban wretches whom Silny regards with a commentary fed on black humour and paranoia. Snow White and Russian Red is a poetic, direct and disturbing portrayal of love, hopelessness and political burnout in contemporary Central and Eastern Europe. It’s just as frenzied and insane (in the positive sense) as the novel and even incorporates Masłowska into the plot (played by Masłowska herself). The film uses various formal approaches in order to achieve the same sense of ferocity and volatility as the book, which was highly acclaimed for its stylistic merits as well. This praiseworthy attempt to adapt a challenging literary model for the screen hovers on the edge of experimentation, however, it unquestionably preserves the clarity and spirit of the original.

About the director

Xawery Żuławski (b. 1971, Warsaw), the son of Polish film director Andrzej Żuławski and actress Małgorzata Braunek, studied at the National Film School in Łódź. He gave his debut in 2006 with the feature film Chaos, which earned him the title Best Debut Director at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia. He was also involved in the film project Europe 99euro-films.

Contacts

Film Media S.A.
Mickiewicza 63, 01-625, Warsaw
Poland
Tel: +48 22 424 1624
Fax: +48 22 833 4496
E-mail: office@filmmedia.com.pl

About the film

Color, 35 mm
International premiere

Section: Forum of Independents - Competition
   
Director: Xawery Żuławski
Screenplay: Xawery Żuławski podle románu Doroty Masłowské / based on the novel by Dorota Masłowska
Dir. of Photography: Marian Prokop
Music: Jan Komar, Filip Kuncewicz
Editor: Krzysztof Raczyński
Producer: Jacek Samojłowicz
Production: Film Media S.A.
Cast: Borys Szyc, Roma Gąsiorowska, Maria Strzelecka, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Michał Czernecki, Magda Czerwińska, Anna Prus
Contact: Film Media S.A.
   
www: www.wojnapolskoruska.pl

Guests

Xawery Żuławski

Film Director

Jacek Samojlowicz

Producer, Producer, Producer


Maciej Karpinski

Film Institution Rep., Film Institution Rep.

Maria Strzelecka

Actress


Borys Szyc

Actor

Anna Prus

Actress


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