Seattle Polish Film Festival: Dad


Poland | 2022 | 110 min. | Anna Maliszewska

October 15, 2023

Seattle Polish Film Festival

A lonely dad, facing the sudden death of a Ukrainian babysitter, takes his daughter and her friend on a journey by the truck. Will trucker and two scamp girls handle the transport of frozen fish, body smuggling and life without a home?

SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this screening.

Michal is a truck driver and a single father raising his daughter Miska. Long hours behind the wheel, loneliness and constant life on the road are his everyday life. The most important thing is to get the goods on time. When he is on the road, his Ukrainian neighbor looks after his daughter. Her granddaughter Lena and Miska are inseparable. When the Ukrainian nanny suddenly dies, Michal takes the girls with him on a journey. Roadside parking lots, life on the road, border, and finally a meeting with Lenka's family in Ukraine is an important lesson in sisterhood for girls, growing up in the world of the periphery of Europe that is changing before their eyes. Ukraine, which for Lenka is a symbol of home and wonderful childhood, will turn out to be a place troubled by the hardships of life and the struggles of heroes. For Michal, the compulsory journey is the time of growing up to be a dad. Thanks to her, he may finally stop running from his demons and discover what is really the most important in his life.

  • Director: Anna Maliszewska
  • Principal Cast: Eryk Lubos, Polina Gromova, Klaudia Kurak
  • Country: Poland
  • Year: 2022
  • Running Time: 110 min.
  • Language: Polish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes