Demon

Poland | 2015 | 94 minutes | Marcin Wrona

Weddings can be nightmarish enough without a ghost crashing the party and possessing the groom, which is exactly what happens in this darkly humorous and genuinely creepy Polish horror tale based in part on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.

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There are stories that have no ends, and are never laid to rest, and this is one of them. Piotr, a young man from England, journeys to Poland to marry blond beauty Zaneta. Helping her family (whom he has never met) prepare the old homestead for the huge upcoming wedding, he uncovers human remains on the property. This disturbance of bones unleashes startling events that affect everyone at the wedding. Not a horror film, Demon is more like a melodramatic modern fairytale—the appearance of the uninvited guest—set in contemporary rural Poland. Director Wrona and co-scripter Pawel Maslona adapted their story from the 2008 play "Adherence" by Piotr Rowicki. However, in Jewish folklore, the term dybbuk dates back to the 17th century and is a story of a restless soul or evil spirit that "impregnates" a living person with separate personalities, usually for a limited period, causing chaos. Wrona's Demon is a film that is just as terrifying as any horror film—but it's the past that is the monster that keeps coming back to haunt.

Director Biography
Before his recent and untimely death this past September, Marcin Wrona was an emerging voice and name within international cinema as a Polish filmmaker. His directorial feature film debut My Flesh My Blood (2009) won the Golden Aphrodite award at the Cyprus International Festival.

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  • Original Language Title: Przylgniecie
  • Director: Marcin Wrona
  • Principal Cast: Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Żulewska, Tomasz Schuchardt, Andrzej Grabowski, Adam Woronowicz, Tomasz Ziętek
  • Country: Poland, Israel
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 94 minutes
  • Producer: Marcin Wrona
  • Screenplay: Marcin Wrona, Paweł Maślona
  • Cinematographers: Paweł Flis
  • Editors: Piotr Kmiecik
  • Music: Krzysztof Penderecki, Marcin Macuk
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Filmography: The Christening (2010); My Flesh My Blood (2009)
  • Language: Polish, English, Yiddish
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP
  • US Distributor: The Orchard
  • International Sales: ICM