Heaven and Hell

Director: Natalia Koryncka-Gruz

directed by Natalia Koryncka-Gruz written by Andrzej Gołda director of photography Damian Pietrasik music by Michał Lorenc production design by Elwira Pluta costume design by Elżbieta Radke edited by Milenia Fiedler sound by Maria Chilarecka-Barczyńska production manager Paweł Gabryś produced by Telewizja Polska – Agencja Filmowa

cast Jan Frycz (Ryszard Marchwiński, Marta’s father), Bartosz Głogowski (Piotr Kamiński), Anna Radwan-Gancarczyk (Marchwińska, Marta’s mother), Justyna Lorenc (Marta Marchwińska), Lech Gwit (priest Wojtas), Krzysztof Kiersznowski (Kulawik), Maria Maj (Zosia), Maria Klejdysz (Marta’s grandmother), Waldemar Obłoza (policeman), Wiesława Niemaszek, Marian Czarkowski, Joanna Fertacz, Cezary Ilczyna, Maciej Mydlak, Piotr Kazimierski (doctor)
colour, 57′
Poland 2004


An episode from the cycle Polish Holidays. A young vicar arrives at his first parish. Soon he is forced to replace the ill parish priest, right before the approaching First Communion, an important event in the life of the small town community. The vicar, trying to introduce new customs against the local tradition falls into conflict with the inhabitants. In his attempts to reconcile he gets to know his congregation better and thus finds out a dark secret – the drama of a child, hidden under the appearances of family happiness. Tied with the confession confidentiality, the young priest experiences a drama of conscience, as the deeply hidden incest clashes with the First Communion celebrations of joy and innocence.


Natalia Koryncka-Gruz
Born in 1958. Graduated in Film Directing from the National Film School in Łódź and in Polish Philology from University of Warsaw. Director of documentary and feature films.