A grotesque family drama taking place on Christmas Eve. Three generations and a dog gather for an annual ritual that has lost all its meaning. Instead of harmony and joy, there is recrimination and grievances. Instead of family warmth and love, there is an overwhelming sense of hurt and loneliness. The author depicts the breakdown of the family through the erosion of language which no longer serves as a means of communication. There is no actual dialogue here – instead of talking to one another the characters deliver monologues as they sink into an emotional and spiritual morass. Only the grandmother is still capable of expressing longing: for love, for the lost world of her youth, and for her late husband. Only the dog is capable of unconditional love because it doesn’t understand anything and doesn’t want anything in return. But then a visit by a mystery guest has unexpected consequences.
CAST: Anna Buczek, Robert Zawadzki, Katarzyna Ucherska, Vova Makowskyi,
Izabela Olejnik, Janusz Chabior, Wojciech Medyński
DIRECTOR: Tatjana Logojda DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Sebastian Molski
PRODUCTION DESIGN: Zofia Lubińska COSTUMES: Anna Adamek
EDITING: Maciej Szydłowski PSM MUSIC: Emil Chorążyczewski
SOUND: Michał Robaczewski, Aleksander Musiałowski
PRODUCTION MANAGER: Paweł Mantorski
PROGRAM COUNCIL: Zenon Butkiewicz, Krzysztof Domagalik, Maciej Wojtyszko
PRODUCER: Włodzimierz Niderhaus
Running time: 50’14”
Year of production: 2019
(born 1983) Writer and playwright. Graduate of cultural studies at the University of Adam Mickiewicz in Poznań and the Drama School at the Drama Laboratory in Warsaw. Author of six books for children and numerous plays performed in dramatic and puppet theatres in Poland. Multiple winner in the Competition for Theatre Playd for Children and Youth organized by the Children’s Art Center in Poznań. In 2013, she won the Main Prize, and the audience and journalists awards in the Metaphors of Reality competition for drama Curdled Milk. She also writes plays and drama for adults, including the drama The President’s Suit which received the second prize in the Contact Zone dramaturgy competition organized by Współczesny Theatre in Wrocław. Winner of the Minister of Culture Award for achievements in the field of literature and dramaturgy for children (2015).
(born 1989) Theater director. Graduate of the National University of Theater, Cinema and Television in Kiev, where she majored in Puppet Theater Directing. Currently a fifth-year student of stage directing at the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw. Since 2012, she has been working with the Białystok Puppet Theater. Her directing credits include the puppet opera Coffee Cantata by Johann Sebastian Bach (as part of the Wschód Kultur project, 2015); A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, based on the short story by Gabriel Garcia Marquez (participated in the Metamorfozy Lalek Festival, 2017); and Przyjdzie Mordor i nas zje by Ziemowit Szczerek (shown at the Koszalin National Monodrama Days). Wrote and directed two episodes of Happy Is the Nation That Has a Poet…, a TVP Kultura and FINA production inspired by famous poems (Non omnis moriar by Zuzanna Ginczanka; On jest nic by Andrzej Bursa). Assistant to the director and consultant on the TV series Dziewczyny ze Lwowa.