Seattle Polish Film Festival: Filip
October 20, 2023
Filip, an attractive twenty-something man, juggles working as a waiter in a luxury hotel with trying to enjoy life in a time when enjoyment is hard to find. But pleasure can also be derived from vengeance, especially when every day brings uncertainty in terms of survival. This very current study of identity and wartime trauma dressed in period garb poses unsettling questions about the limits of human resilience and the price of salvation.
SIFF year-round passes and vouchers are not valid for this screening.
It is 1941, Warsaw ghetto. Filip, a young Polish Jew, with his beloved Sara, prepare for the show in a cabaret, to support their families. There is a shooting during the first show, in which Sara, and Filip’s relatives, are killed. Two years later he is employed as a waiter in a restaurant of an exclusive hotel in Frankfurt. Pretending to be a Frenchman, in the heart of Nazi Germany, he carelessly enjoys all the charms of life surrounded by luxury, beautiful women and friends from all over Europe. But a sequence of tragic events makes his carefully constructed existence fall apart like a house of cards, and forces him to make some tough choices.
- Director: Michał Kwieciński
- Principal Cast: Eryk Kulm, Victor Meutelet, Sandra Drzymalska
- Country: Poland
- Year: 2022
- Running Time: 125 min.
- Language: Polish
- Has Subtitles: Yes