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Poland | 2015 | 90 minutes | Małgorzata Szumowska

The stories of a hardened coroner, his angsty teen daughter, and a supernaturally inclined therapist who claims she can communicate with the dead are intertwined for a complex tale of loneliness and belief, infused with a strong dose of black humor.

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Named Best Film at the 2015 Polish National Film Festival in Gdynia, and winner of the Best Director Prize at the Berlin Film Festival, Małgorzata Szumowska's Body is an offbeat drama about three people: a coroner, his anorexic daughter, and her therapist who can communicate with the dead. Coroner Janusz considers himself a strong man; he's seen it all. He deals in precise, detective-like research when analyzing the most brutal crime scenes. However, he is helpless when it comes to comforting his daughter, Olga, still heavily grieving her mother's death. Fearing that she might hurt or even kill herself, Janusz commits Olga to a clinic where he meets Anna, a psychologist who works there. Anna lives with her big dog Fredek, and feels a special connection with the dead, especially Olga's mother, who she believes is trying to contact her. Szumowska works with witty bits of black comedy to efficiently explore the difficulties and realistic ups and downs people encounter when struggling to cope with the loss of loved ones. Her film explores simultaneous fear of and longing for intimacy, violent depression, and the hope in new relationships.

Director Biography
Body is just the latest in a long line of critically acclaimed feature films by Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska. It earned her a Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin International Film Festival. Some of her other film credits include In the Name of..., 33 Scenes From Life, and Elles.

Sponsored by Consulate General of Poland in Los Angeles, KKNW 1150 AM

  • Original Language Title: Ciało
  • Director: Małgorzata Szumowska
  • Principal Cast: Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Jusłyna Suwała
  • Country: Poland
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 90 minutes
  • Producer: Jacek Drosio, Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert
  • Screenplay: Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert
  • Cinematographers: Michał Englert
  • Editors: Jacek Drosio
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Berlinale 2015 (Silver Bear for Best Director), Vilnius International Film Festival 2015 (Best Actor), Polish Film Awards 2015 (Best Film)
  • Filmography: In the Name Of... (2013); Elles (2011); 33 Scenes From Life (2008); Nothing to Be Scared Of (doc, 2006); My Father, Maciek (doc, 2005); Stranger (2004); Documentary... (doc, 2001); A Wedding in the House of Loneliness (doc, 2000); Happy Man (2000); Seven Lessons of Love (doc, 1999); Day in the Life of Tomek Karat (doc, 1997)
  • Language: Polish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • International Sales: Memento Films International