Archive of films The Girl from the Wardrobe / Dziewczyna z szafy

2012, 90 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2013

This intimate tale of Jacek and his brother Tomek takes place in a claustrophobia-inducing prefab apartment building – part of a housing estate still bearing traces of socialism. One day Tomek, who has savant syndrome, gets to know his mysterious neighbor Magda. Told with overstatement, this debut persuasively draws the viewer into a visually rich, fairy-tale-like world.


Brothers Jacek and Tomek live in one of the many claustrophobic, prefab buildings in a housing estate bearing marked traces of socialism. Jacek works at home as a webmaster to make enough money to support himself and his brother. In his free time he’s been looking for a girlfriend but it isn’t easy when he has to take care of Tomek: the latter has savant syndrome and can’t be left alone. From time to time their unpleasant neighbor is willing to sit with Tomek, but one day Jacek has no choice but to ask the mysterious and unusual Magda to look after him. Although the young woman lives in a drug-induced world of her own, it turns out that Tomek fits right in and their meeting seems like destiny. This intimate, stylized story of three entirely different people, each lonely and alienated in his or her own way, is told with hyperbole and plays out in an atmosphere bordering on the fabulous. In his unique feature debut, the talented director’s conviction and craftsmanship were instrumental in creating a visual space that captures the viewer’s imagination.

About the director

Bodo Kox (b. 1977, Wrocław) is a director, screenwriter, and amateur actor. His many amateur films have been successfully presented at Polish and international film festivals. He is a directing student at the Polish National Film School in Łódź (PWSFTviT) and a graduate of the "Rehearsal Studio” feature film course at the Wajda School. The Girl from the Wardrobe, his feature debut, is being screened as an international premiere.


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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Bodo Kox
Screenplay: Bodo Kox
Dir. of Photography: Arkadiusz Tomiak
Music: Joanna Halszka Sokołowska, Filip Zawada
Editor: Milenia Fiedler
Producer: Włodzimierz Niderhaus
Production: WFDiF - Documentary and Feature Films Studios
Cast: Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Piotr Głowacki, Magdalena Różańska, Eryk Lubos, Teresa Sawicka
Contact: WFDiF - Documentary and Feature Films Studios


Bodo Kox

Film Director, Film Director

Joanna Zielinska

Wojciech Mecwaldowski


Magdalena Rozanska



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