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OUR LADY OF THE UNEXPECTED

Summary: 

A tragicomedy full of absurd, often linguistic humor with serious undertones and a touch of melodrama. Its hero is a forty-year-old mathematics teacher from the town of Sanok who is mourning his wife’s death. We meet him at a cemetery, where he is having one of his regular “talks” with his wife. He is distraught and unable to get over his loss. One evening when he is grading tests, a woman claiming to be the Virgin Mary appears in his apartment and says she wants to talk. The hero takes her for an impostor and asks her to leave but she inexplicably continues to reappear, which prompts him to seek psychiatric help for what he assumes are hallucinations. During subsequent “visitations” and conversations the mysterious woman tries to help the hero deal with his grief. She knows a lot about him and can anticipate events and situations. Who is she?

 

Cast: 

CAST: Agnieszka Podsiadlik, Cezary Kosiński

DIRECTOR: Maciej Buchwald DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY: Tomasz Gajewski

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Anna Wunderlich COSTUMES: Hanna Podraza

EDITING: Anna Łuka MUSIC: Paweł Szamburski SOUND: Michał Robaczewski,

Aleksander Musiałowski PRODUCTION MANAGER: Paweł Mantorski

PROGRAM COUNCIL: Zenon Butkiewicz, Krzysztof Domagalik, Maciej Wojtyszko

PRODUCER: Włodzimierz Niderhaus

 

Running time: 42’02”

Year of production: 2019

SZYMON JACHIMEK

AUTHOR

(born 1982) Actor, playwright, and cabaret artist. A sociologist by profession, former member of the Limo cabaret and the Muflasz and Pracownia Prowincja theater companies. Has collaborated with Teatr Wybrzeże in Gdańsk. Co-founder of the theater and cabaret improvisation group “W Gorącej Wodzie Kompani”. Writes plays for children and adults. In 2016, he won 1st Prize in the 27th National Competition for Theater Plays for Children and Youth with Jeremi się ogarnia. LOL. Two of his plays: Znaczył kapitan (2018) and Poranny spektakl dla młodzieży (2019) were in the semi-finals of the prestigious Gdynia Dramaturgy Award competition. Matka Boska Niespodziewana won 3rd Prize in the 2018 Teatroteka open playwriting competition organized by the ZAiKS Authors’ Association and WFDiF.

 

MACIEJ BUCHWALD

DIRECTOR

(born 1986) Graduate of the University of Warsaw (journalism), theater studies at the Warsaw Academy of Dramatic Arts, and of the Film and Television Directing Department at the National Film School in Łódź. Author of films and music videos awarded at Polish and international festivals. Comedian, member of the Klancyk improv company. He staged the theatrical performance Powrót do Maa in the “Finnish houses” in Warsaw’s Jazdów district and starred in the play Unbearably Long Embraces directed by Ivan Vyrypaev at Teatr Powszechny in Warsaw.