33 Scenes from Life

Release date: 07-11-2008
Director: Małgorzata Szumowska

written & directed by Małgorzata Szumowska director of photography Michał Englert music by Paweł Mykietyn production design by Anna Niemira costume design by Julia Jarża, Katarzyna Lewińska edited by Jacek Drosio sound by Michał Dominowski, Andrzej Cecota production manager Janusz Turkowicz

cast Julia Jentsch (Julia), Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik (Barbara), Andrzej Hudziak (Jurek), Maciej Stuhr (Piotr), Peter Gantzler (Adrian), Iza Kuna (Kaśka), Rafał Maćkowiak (Tomek), Roman Gancarczyk (Krzysiek)

produced by Pandora Film, Ebertplatz 21, D-50668 Koln, phone +49 (0) 221 97 33 20; Film Studio STI, Śniadeckich 10, 00-656 Warsaw, phone +48 22 547 66 28, fax +48 22 547 42 37 co-produced by Shot Szumowski, Narbutta 27/4, 02-536 Warsaw, phone +48 22 848 88 12 producers Raimond Goebel, Karl Baumgartner executive producer Mirosław Warchoł co-producers Teresa Dworzecka (STI), Małgorzata Szumowska (Shot Szumowski), Mikael Olsen (Zentropa), Meinolf Zurhost (ZDF/ZRTE) co-financed by Filmstiftung Nordrhein-Westfalen; Media Developement; The Polish Film Institute distributed by Kino Świat, Belwederska 20/22, 00-762 Warsaw, phone +48 22 840 68 01-04, fax +48 22 840 68 06, e-mail kinoswiat@kinoswiat.pl, www.kinoswiat.pl (Poland); Real Fiction (Germany) world sales Trust Film, Filmbyen 12, Dk 2650 Hvidovre (Denmark), phone +45 36 868 788, e-mail post@trust-film.dk
35 mm from HDV, 1:1,85, colour, Dolby Stereo Digital, 100′
Germany- Poland 2008


Thirty-something Julia seems to have it all: loving artist-parents, a talented composer-husband, and a successful career as an internationally recognized photographer. But soon the doctors are to diagnose her mother with cancer and the family will face the emotional turmoil of approaching death. Julia will suffer a professional setback, her marriage will face a crisis…

Małgorzata Szumowska
Born in 1973. Director and scriptwriter. Graduated from the Łódź Film School. Laureate of many awards for her school etudes and documentaries. Nominated to the European Film Award in the European Discovery category for her films: “Happy Man” and “Stranger” which were presented and awarded at numerous international film festivals. Since 2001, a member of the European Film Academy.

Feature films
2000: Happy Man (Szczęśliwy człowiek); 2005: Stranger (Ono / Leben in mir); Father [in:] Solidarity, Solidarity (Father [w:] Solidarność, Solidarność); 2008: 33 Scenes from Life (33 sceny z życia)


  • MFF Locarno 2008 – Silver Leopard – Special Prize of The Jury
  • 33rd Polish Film Festival, Gdynia 2008 – the award for directing, cinematography, music, and for the best supporting actress (Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik) and the Journalists’ Award