Walpurgis Night


Noc Walpurgi
reż|dir Marcin Bortkiewicz | PL | 2015 | 74 min
prod|pro Sebastian Petryk scen|wr Marcin Bortkiewicz, Magdalena Gauer zdj|ph Andrzej Wojciechowski muz|mus Marek Czerniewicz mon|ed Piotr Mendelowski ob|cast Małgorzata Zajączkowska, Philippe Tłokiński, Monika Mariotti, Mieczysław Gajda dys|dis PS Film


In 1969, in Switzerland, a young French journalist visits an opera singer (Małgorzata Zajączkowska) in her warderobe. Although he claims that he is only there to interview her, his questions pull the diva towards painful memories and confessions. The two enter an erotic-verbal game, which reveals the woman's complicated story: a Polish Jew Holocaust survivor who started singing in La Scala after the war.

Bortkiewicz has written a screen-blowing aria for Małgorzata Zajączkowska, one which enables the actress to reveal her talent to the fullest. The performance of Zajączkowska is accompanied by the music of Richard Wagner, quotations from Thomas Mann, and camera work by Andrzej Wojciechowski, who has managed to give this low-budget production a bit of the old-fashioned glow.

2015 Koszalin Debut Film Festival “The Young and Cinema” – Awards for Best Script, Best Actress, the Audience Award, the Journalists' Award, the Youth Jury Award

Marcin Bortkiewicz (1976) Film and theatre director, dramatist, screenwriter, and actor. He graduated from the University of Gdańsk and the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing. His theatre work to date has encompassed Theatre Rondo and Witkacy New Theatre in Słupsk, the Wojciech Bogusławski Theatre in Kalisz, and Ecce Homo Theatre in Kielce. He has directed short documentaries and fiction films. In 2011 his “Drawn from Memory” has won Two Riversides short films competition. “Walpurgis Night” is his feature debut.

2015 Noc Walpurgi | Walpurgis Night
2013 Lewa połowa twarzy | Left Side of the Face (krótki | short)
2011 Portret z pamięci | Drawn from Memory (krótki | short)

© Festiwal Filmu i Sztuki Dwa Brzegi Kazimierz Dolny Janowiec nad Wisłą
Projekt i realizacja: Tomasz Żewłakow