Archive of films 53 Wars / 53 wojny

2018, 79 min

Section: East of the West - Competition
Year: 2018

Anka is becoming extremely anxious about her beloved husband Witek, a war correspondent. But where does the border lie between reality and catastrophic visions? An evocative psychological drama adapted from the autobiographical novel by Grażyna Jagielska about experiencing war second-hand: we don’t have to be there for it to have a destructive influence on our lives.


War correspondent Witek is away most of the time, and Anka must endure the horrors of war from home. The testimonies Witek passes on to the world feed Anka’s solitude and the catastrophic visions that fill her uneasy mind. And, as it transpires, the border between reality and fantasy is extremely fragile. In her directorial debut actress Ewa Bukowska based her work on the autobiographical novel by Grażyna Jagielska, in the process adeptly avoiding the pitfalls of slavish film adaptations. The non-linear story, the visual quality of the image, and the character acting of Magdalena Popławska render 53 Wars an evocative psychological drama about experiencing war second-hand: we don’t have to be there for it to have a destructive influence on our lives.

Sandra Hezinová

About the director

Ewa Bukowska

Ewa Bukowska (b. 1966, Aleksandrów Kujawski, Poland). Filmography: The Return (Powrót, 2013, short)


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About the film

Color, DCP
International premiere

Section: East of the West - Competition
Director: Ewa Bukowska
Screenplay: Ewa Bukowska
Dir. of Photography: Tomasz Naumiuk PSC
Music: Natalia Fiedorczuk-Cieślak
Editor: Agnieszka Glińska PSM
Art Director: Anna Anosowicz
Producer: Jacek Bromski, Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuścisńki
Production: Munk Studio-Polish Filmmakers Association
Coproduction: Canal+ Poland, Chimney Poland, Wojciech Kabarowski Digital Movies
Cast: Magdalena Popławska, Michał Żurawski, Kinga Preis, Krzysztof Stroiński, Dorota Kolak
Contact: Munk Studio - Polish Filmmakers Association


Ewa Bukowska

Film Director

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