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LADY WITH A STOAT

Summary: 

The play is inspired by the biography of Simona Kossak, but the events it depicts are a product of the author's imagination. Simona Kossak was an extraordinary person. Her father, Jerzy; grandfather, Wojciech; and great-grandfather, Juliusz, were renowned Polish landscape and battle-scene painters. Simona broke with the family tradition and did not become the "fourth Kossak", but chose her own, unique path. She left her native Krakow to live for over thirty years in a wooden forester's lodge in the middle of the Białowieża Forest, without running water or electricity. She was a scientist, environmentalist, filmmaker and radio personality. Elżbieta Chowaniec’s text is not a biography but a poetic parable about searching for one's place in the world, about rebellion and the struggle to be oneself against all odds. It is a parable about a woman who stayed true to her belief that people need to coexist with nature. Totally devoted to her passion, she tried to find her place in the world of animals and plants, a place she could not find among her own kind.

 

  TRAILER (in polish)

Cast: 

 

CAST:  Anna Grycewicz, Jerzy Schejbal, Lidia Bogaczówna, Sylwia Juszczak, Dominik Łoś, Anna Korzeniecka.

DIRECTOR: Katarzyna Łęcka DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Witold Płóciennik PSC PRODUCTION DESIGN/COSTUMES: Paweł Dobrzycki EDITING: Artur Rej MUSIC: Łukasz Pieprzyk SOUND: Michał Robaczewski, Agata Chodyra PRODUCTION MANAGER:  Paweł Mantorski

PROGRAM COUNCIL: Zenon Butkiewicz, Krzysztof Domagalik, Maciej Wojtyszko

PRODUCER: Włodzimierz Niderhaus

 

RUNNING TIME: 43'22'' / YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018

Elżbieta Chowaniec AUTHOR

(born 1982) Dramatist and dramaturge. Graduate of the Department of Radio and Television in Katowice, of Screenwriting at the Łódź Film School, and of Journalism at the University of Warsaw. Studied at Laboratorium Dramatu in Warsaw. Has taken part in many drama seminars and workshops with e.g. Mark Ravenhill, Nikolai Kolyada, and Ivan Vyrypayev. Her first play, Gardenia (2007), was translated into Hungarian, Russian, Romanian and English, and staged in theatres in Hungary, Slovakia, Russia, and Romania. She has directed and worked as assistant-director and casting-director on Polish feature productions and series. She is also interested in the dramaturgy of form, especially in dance theatre. She has taken part in productions by Grupa Fizyczna from Łódź. She also teaches  Dance Dramaturgy at the choreography department of the Music Academy in Łódź.

 

Katarzyna Łęcka DIRECTOR

(born in 1982) Director, screenwriter. Graduate of the Theatre Studies Department at the Theatre Academy in Warsaw (2005) and the Rehearsal Studio of the Wajda Film School (2016). Assistant to many renowned directors. Developed an original program of body awareness for students of the Acting Department of the Theatre Academy. Finalist of the prestigious screenwriting competition Script Pro. As part of the Munk Studio program, 30 Minutes, she made her feature-film début writing and directing Pars Pro Toto inspired by the life of Zdzisław Beksiński.