Call me Marianna

Release date: 29-01-2016
Director: Karolina Bielawska
written & directed by Karolina Bielawska authors of the play Karolina Bielawska, Joanna Owsianko director of photography Kacper Czubak sound by Jacek Pająk music by Antony and The Johnsons, Natalia Fiedorczuk make-up by Aleksandra Dutkiewicz edited by Daniel Gąsiorowski production manager Agata Szymańska producer Zbigniew Domagalski co-producer Witold Będkowski produced by Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop co-produced by the Polish Television co-financed by The Polish Film Institute starring Jowita Budnik, Mariusz Bonaszewski heroine Marianna Klapczyńska distributed by Solopan sales agent Film Republic film’s website

colour, 75′

Poland 2015


Marianna is an attractive 40-year-old woman who has just sued her parents in order to obtain a gender reassignment. Alienated by her mother and neglecting her best friends, she seeks refuge in a theatre group where she comes to make sense of her situation by rehearsing a play based on her past. When the days to the operation loom over her, Marianna kindles an unlikely romance with an older gentleman who offers her a ray of hope, but she remains confronted with the idea of losing what she holds dearest to her – her family – and she must face the chilling reminder of the sacrifices one takes to be themselves. Call Me Marianna, the opera prima by Karolina Bielawska, is an homage to freedom of identity and the unpredictable twists and turns life can offer.