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From age 16 and up Fear Offensive use of language
Malgorzata Szumowska, 2015 90 minutes Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala, Marcel Borowiec, Ada Piekarska Poland Polish, Spanish 20 August 2017 English

The intertwined stories of a criminal prosecutor, his anorexic daughter and her therapist who claims she can communicate with the dead. Three radically different approaches to the body and soul.

Janusz is not a man easily shocked. As a coroner he undertakes precise research, analysing the crime scene in detail. Despite the extreme situations he comes up against, he works hard. Perhaps too hard. When faced with his anorexic daughter Olga, still grieving for her dead mother, he feels helpless. Fearing that she might kill herself, he commits her to a clinic where Anna, a psychologist, carries out her duties. Years before, Anna lost her baby to cot-death and now sequesters herself and her big dog in a heavily barricaded flat and conjures up spirits who communicate with the living from beyond the grave.

Małgorzata Szumowska works with elements of black comedy to tell of the difficulties people encounter when struggling to cope with the loss of loved ones. The film explores the fear of and yet longing for intimacy, self-harm due to mental anguish and escaping into the esoteric. (source: www.berlinale.de)

N.B: This screening is part of the EYE Previously Unreleased film series. Each year, EYE puts together a selection of films that were selected for prestigious international film festivals, but did not get a release in Dutch cinemas.