Archive of films Yuma / Yuma

Poland / Czech Republic
2012, 105 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2012

It’s the beginning of the 1990s but the situation along the Polish-German border hasn’t much changed since the fall of the Iron Curtain. So 20-year-old Zyga and his friends decide to brighten up life in their sleepy, gray town by bettering themselves and their fellow citizens. Debut director Piotr Mularuk’s compelling drama is deftly interwoven with Western motifs.


Synopsis

It’s the beginning of the 1990s but the situation along the Polish-German border hasn’t much changed since the fall of the Iron Curtain. Twenty-year-old Zyga (the talented Jakub Gierszał) is tired of looking at the latest fashions and Western conveniences in glossy magazines. He and his friends decide to brighten up life in their sleepy, gray town by bettering themselves and their fellow citizens. Overflowing with goods, West German stores are just a tad too tempting for the young men. Piotr Mularuk’s impressive, action-packed drama drew inspiration from the situation (and the Polish news headlines that accompanied it) that unfolded on the Polish-German border following the breakup of the Soviet bloc. The debuting director adroitly weaves Western motifs into the film, referencing, among others, Delmer Daves’ renowned 1957 movie 3:10 to Yuma, which Zyga dreamily watches in the half-empty local theater.

About the director

Piotr Mularuk (b. 1966, Warsaw) is a director, screenwriter, and producer. He did coursework in English studies at Warsaw University. In 1993 he graduated in direction from City University of New York. In 1996 he moved back to Poland where he has been directing documentaries, music videos, commercials, and a variety of TV productions, often based on the works of well-known Polish writers (e.g. Stół, 2000; Skarb, 2000; and Pan Dwadrzewko, 2004). In 2002 he founded Yeti Films, his own independent Polish production company. As a coproducer his work includes Peter Greenaway’s Nightwatching (2007) and Pavel Štingl’s documentary A Ghetto Called Baluty (2008). Yuma is his feature film debut.

Contacts

Yeti Films
Niemcewicza 7/9 lok.135, 02-022, Warsaw
Poland
Tel: +48 228 239 917
Fax: +48 226 580 140
E-mail: yeti@yetifilms.com
www: www.yetifilms.com

About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
   
Director: Piotr Mularuk
Screenplay: Piotr Mularuk, Wojciech Gajewicz
Dir. of Photography: Tomasz Dobrowolski P.S.C.
Music: Jan P. Muchow
Editor: Agnieszka Glińska P.S.M.
Producer: Piotr Mularuk, Magdalena Napieracz, Pavel Berčík
Production: Yeti Films
Cast: Jakub Gierszał, Katarzyna Figura, Tomasz Kot, Krzysztof Skonieczny, Jakub Kamieński
Contact: Yeti Films
   
www: www.yumafilm.com

Guests

Piotr Mularuk

Film Director / Producer

Maria Letowska


Pavel Berčík

Producer, Service Company Rep.

Magdalena Napieracz

Producer


Agnieszka Odorowicz

Film Institution Rep.

Katarzyna Figura

Actress


Danuta Gęgotek

Producer, Film Crew

Krzysztof Skonieczny

Actor


Jakub Kamieński

Actor

Karolina Chapko

Actress


Helena Sujecka

Actress

Wojciech Gajewicz

Screenwriter


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