“Builds like a volcano preparing to erupt.” - Amber Wilkinson, Screen International

Friday, March 24, 6pm | Before he leaves on holiday, Tymoteusz, a talented pianist and student of the Warsaw Academy of Music, returns home to reconnect with his brother and the friends who have stayed behind, quickly settling into the nostalgia and comfort of his small, rural hometown, where time seems to have stood still. The central hangout spot is a new kebab bar, run by two Arab immigrants, and when Tymoteusz gets friendly with the employee Yousef, a conflict begins to brew – and tensions mount. Winner of Best Film at the Polish Film Festival, Damian Kocur’s unflinching debut feature, inspired by a true story, stars non-actors and has a documentary-like feel, making the inevitable, explosive conclusion all the more devastating.

Awards & Nominations

Winner - Special Jury Prize, Venice Horizons Award, Venice Film Festival 
Nominee - Queer Lion, Venice Film Festival
Winner - Best Director, International Feature Film Competition Award, Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival
Winner - Best Film, Polish Film Festival

Chicago European Union Film Festival: A celebration of emerging voices and a showcase of provocative perspectives from across the European Union. We welcome you to country hop with us all March long. Regardless of the country of origin, every film in the 26th Chicago European Union Film Festival has been chosen for you, our Chicago audience. We invite you to see the world on our screens. View full festival here.

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