Director: Wojtek Smarzowski
Poland, 2011, 94 min
WINNER: Best Cinematography
Cast:Marcin Dorocinski, Agata Kulesza, Jacek Braciak, Kinga Preis, Malwina Buss, Marian Dziedziel
Crew:Executive Producers: Wlodzimierz Niderhaus - Producers: Wlodzimierz Niderhaus - Screenwriters: Michal Szczerbic - Cinematographer: Piotr Sobocinski - Editor: Pawel Laskowski - Composer: Mikolaj Trzaska
Summer, 1945. Right after the end of World War II. Tadeusz, a Polish soldier whom the war has deprived of everything, arrives in Masuria, a German territory before the war that has now been granted to Poland. There he finds Rose, the widow of a German soldier whose death he witnessed. All alone on a large farm, Rose gives Tadeusz a cold reception, but she puts him up for the night. In return Tadeusz helps her around the house, and clears the landmines from her fields. Though reluctant to admit it, Rose needs something more: protection from the looters who have been terrorizing her at the farm. Gradually, Tadeusz finds out the brutal causes behind her solitude. Against the haunting background of a landscape completely devastated by war, and where hope has become a propaganda tool, love is born between these two people from disparate worlds.
About the director
Wojtek Smarzowski graduated from the Film Studies Department of the Jagiellonian University and the Cinematographical Department of the Film School in Lodz, Poland. Wojtek's first theatrical feature "The Wedding" (2004) won more then 20 prizes at international film festivals. His feature "The Dark House" (2009) screened at festivals worldwide, and won "Best Producer" after it's USA premiere at the 2010 Brooklyn Film Festival. His third feature "Rose" swept the 2012 Polish Film Awards and was an opening night film at the 2012 Brooklyn Film Festival. "Traffic Department" - his fourth feature - was one of the top films at the Polish box office in 2013.