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Dark House, The

Dom zły · dir. Wojciech Smarzowski
Poland 2009, 106’

The story takes place in two parallel time planes. The first plot follows the events of one autumn night in 1978. Edward Środoń, a zootechnician, makes an accidental stopover in a farmhouse of Dziabas family in the remote area of Bieszczady Mountains. He stays for the night. The initial distrust between the guest and his hosts is quickly dispelled with moonshine and turns into a camaraderie, intimacy and even friendship. A plan of making a joint business arises, as well as passion and lust, which lead to a surprising and tragic consequences…

Second plot is set on a winter day, during the Martial Law in Poland. An investigating team of Milicja Obywatelska (People's Militia) is visiting the crime scene. Lieutenant Mroz is trying to solve the multiple murder case from four years ago. The tool he has to his disposal is the reconstruction of events with help of the chief suspect, Środoń.

Director:Wojciech Smarzowski
Screenplay:Łukasz Kośmicki, Wojciech Smarzowski
Music:Mikołaj Trzaska
Cinematography:Krzysztof Ptak
Editing:Paweł Laskowski
Cast:Arkadiusz Jakubik, Marian Dziędziel, Bartłomiej Topa, Kinga Preis, Robert Więckiewicz, Robert Wabich, Katarzyna Cynke, Lech Dyblik, Eryk Lubo
Awards:Złote Lwy / Golden Lions – Najlepszy Reżyser / Best Director, Najlepszy Scenariusz / Best Screenplay, Najlepszy Montaż / Best Editing (FPFF Gdynia 2009); Najlepsza Reżyseria / Best Director, Najlepsze Zdjęcia / Best Cinemtography, Najlepszy Montaż / Best Editing, Nagroda Publiczności / Audience Award (Polskie Nagrody Filmowe Orły / Polish Film Awards Eagles 2010); Nagroda Publiczności / Audience Award (WAF 2009); Srebrna Żaba – Najlepszy Operator / Silver Frog – Best Cinematographer (Camerimage 2009)

Wojciech Smarzowski, was born in 1963, graduated in cinematography at the Łódź Film School. He also studied film studies at the Jagiellonian University. Wojciech Smarzowski is an author of commercials, music videos, television series as well as documentaries.

Filmography (selected)

  • 1998: Małżowina / The Auricle
  • 2004: Wesele / The Wedding
  • 2009: Dom zły / The Dark House