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Tower. A Bright Day.

Wieża. Jasny dzień

2017, Jagoda Szelc, Poland, 106 min.
Anna Krotoska, Malgorzata Szczerbowska

Show Times

  • Sun, Mar 10th 3:15pm
  • Mon, Mar 11th 8:00pm

“Announces the arrival of a major directing talent…There’s a fierce pagan-like energy to this movie, and a fantastic precision to this young woman’s writing/directing talent.”--Michal Oleszczyk, RogerEbert.com

Hailed as signaling a new direction in Polish cinema, this first feature by a director in her early twenties is part low-key thriller and part eerie psychological drama. An extended clan gathers for a few days at a remote woodsy vacation home to celebrate a child’s first communion. Two estranged sisters, Mula (Krotoska) and Kaja (Szczerbowska), meet uncomfortably, a longstanding secret involving Mula’s young daughter hanging in the hostile air between them. Positioning withdrawn, blank-faced Kaja, the family’s black sheep, as the linchpin of the story, director Szelc creates a slippery sense of dread as the celebration day nears. The film’s powerful hints of the supernatural are as elusive as Kaja herself, suggesting that the senses are not to be trusted in perceiving reality. In Polish with English subtitles. DCP digital widescreen. Courtesy of Media Move. (BS)

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