Archive of films Red Spider / Czerwony pająk

Poland / Czech Republic / Slovak Republic
2015, 90 min

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Year: 2015

This feature debut by a leading Polish documentarist and cameraman was inspired by actual mass murders committed in the 1960s. A precisely constructed psychological thriller, the film delves into an intricate story of the fascination with evil that hides in places we would never expect.


Kraków, 1967. Karol’s parents would like their son to train as a doctor but, for the time being, he spends his time practising his diving and observes everything going on around him with a stony expression. In a life devoid of positive emotions his attention focuses on the trail of a mass murderer who has already hammered to death more than ten people. While the city is gripped with fear, Karol is ready to get out there and stand in his way. Seclusive in his behaviour, the young man doesn’t get enough excitement from adrenaline sports, and the risk he is taking appears to be the only way he can truly feel alive. The film clearly points to Marcin Koszałka’s training as a cameraman; and he constructs the work with the precision of a sculptor, at the same time employing this quality to expose the story’s rotten core. Kraków is here depicted as an inhospitable place, while the mise en scène underscores the emptiness of the protagonists’ lives. Moreover, the film’s overall remoteness gives rise to a heightened sense of the unsettling perverseness of what is actually happening on screen.

Viktor Palák

About the director

Marcin Koszałka

Marcin Koszałka (b. 1970, Kraków) studied sociology, cinematography and production at the University of Silesia in Katowice (2001). He worked as cameraman on several features (e.g. Scratch / Rysa, Till It Hurts / Do Bolu – KVIFF 2009). Filmography as director: Such a Beautiful Son I Delivered (Takiego pięknego syna urodziłam, 1999), Name Day (Imieniny, 2004), It’ll Work Out Somehow (Jakoś to będzie, 2001), All Day Together (Cały dzień razem, 2006), Death with a Human Face (Śmierć z ludską twarzą, 2007), Existence (Istnienie, 2007), Declaration of Immortality (Deklaracja niesmiertelnosci – Best Short Documentary Award at KVIFF 2010). The documentaries were awarded at many festivals. The Red Spider is his first film to be entered for the main competition at Karlovy Vary.


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A-Company Czech s.r.o.
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About the film

Color, DCP
World premiere

Section: Official Selection - Competition
Director: Marcin Koszałka
Screenplay: Marcin Koszałka, Łukasz M. Maciejewski podle originálního příběhu / based on the orignal script by Marta Szreder
Dir. of Photography: Marcin Koszałka
Music: Petr Ostrouchov
Editor: Krzysztof Komander
Art Director: Ryszard Melliwa, Magdalena Dipont
Producer: Agnieszka Kurzydło
Production: MD4
Coproduction: Fog'n'Desire Films, spol. s.r.o., SokolKollar, spol. s.r.o., Orange Poland, Krakow Festival Office, Krakow Film Commission, Zentropa International Poland, Kino Świat
Cast: Filip Pławiak, Adam Woronowicz, Julia Kijowska, Małgorzata Foremniak
Contact: MD4
Distributor: A-Company Czech s.r.o.


Marcin Koszałka

Agnieszka Kurzydło


Viktor Tauš

Film Director, Producer

Michal Kollár

Film Director, Producer

Filip Pławiak


Adam Woronowicz


Krzysztof Komander

Film Editor

Kamila Kuś


Michał Fojcik

Sound Director

Dominika Kowarska

Postproduction Coordinator

Tomasz Paluch

Production Manager

Patrycja Zarzycka

PR & Marketing

Dagmara Piasecka


Christine Daoudová

TV Representative

Barbora Mudrová

Other, TV Representative

Olga Štěpánková



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