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NEVER GONNA SNOW AGAIN
SUNDAY 17/11/2021 6:30pm
From multi-award-winning writer/director Małgorzata Szumowska and her long-time cinematographer Michał Englert, Poland’s critically acclaimed 2021 international film Oscar submission. “Never Gonna Snow Again” is an intriguing modern fable about an affluent Polish community forever altered by the arrival of an enigmatic stranger who may - or may not - have powers of healing.
On a grey, foggy morning, a mysterious young man Zhenia (Alec Utgoff, “The Tourist”) crosses the border from Ukraine into Poland, carrying only a massage table. When faced with a staid official at Warsaw’s immigration office, he secures the necessary residence permit by simply taking the man’s head in his soft hands and massaging him into a trance. Zhenia soon establishes himself with the well-off residents of a suburban gated community, where his unique talents quickly become in demand. The attractive newcomer’s hands heal, and Zhenia’s eyes seem to penetrate their souls. As he navigates through the affairs, drinking and games of Maria (Maja Ostaszewska, “Body”, “Schindler’s List”), Ewa (Agata Kulesza, “Cold War”, “Ida”), Wika (Weronika Rosati, “House”, “In Darkness”) and her husband (Łukasz Simlat, “Corpus Christ”), no one thinks to ask Zhenia about his own concerns, least of all his mysterious origins.
Anchored by Utgoff’s utterly magnetic central performance, Szumowska and Englert’s study of class and modern malaise astutely blends magic realism with dark humour and stunning production design too often jaw-dropping effect. Following Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Cold War” and Jan Komasa’s “Corpus Christi”, “Never Gonna Snow Again” is a striking jewel worthy of equal attention.
The film first premiered in competition at the Venice Film Festival, winning Premio Fondazione Fai Persona Lavoro Ambiente Award and later screened around the world at major film festivals. (Polish, Russian, French with English subtitles )
Director: Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert
Writer: Michał Englert, Małgorzata Szumowska
Cast: Alec Utgoff (The Tourist), Maja Ostaszewska (Body, Schindler's List), Agata Kulesza (Cold war, Ida), Weronika Rosati (In Darkness), Łukasz Simlat( Corpus Christi), Andrzej Chyra (Carte Blanche), Katarzyna Figura (The Pianist), Krzysztof Czeczot
"Utgoff is irresistibly compelling, instilling in his character a silent yet singular presence worthy of the "superhero" status that he ultimately acquires." The New York Times
"Dreamlike and unnerving. A hypnotic viewing experience that awakens all senses through our eyes. The plot and imagery are gorgeously intertwined." The Playlist
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES:
WINNER: Premio Fondazione Fai Persona Lavoro Ambiente Award - Special Mention,
Venice Film Festival I 2020
WINNER: Best Cinematography, Polish Film Awards I 2021
NOMINATED: Golden Lion Best Film I Venice Film Festival I 2020
NOMINATED: Golden Giraldillo Best Film I Seville European Film Festival I 2020
NOMINATED: Grand Prix Golden Listapad Best Film I Minsk International Film Festival I 2020
NOMINATED: Cinema Extraordinaire I Bergen International Film Festival I 2020
NOMINATED: Dragon Award International Competition I Göteborg Film Festival I 2021