Release date: 17-02-2012
Director: Małgorzata Szumowska

directed by Małgorzata Szumowska written by Małgorzata Szumowska, Tine Byrckel director of photography Michał Englert music by Paweł Mykietyn production design by Pauline Bourdon costume design by Katarzyna Lewińska production manager Kamila Kuś

cast Juliette Binoche (Anna), Joanna Kulig (Alicja), Anais Demoustier (Charlotte), Krystyna Janda (Alicja’s mother), Andrzej Chyra, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing (Patrick)

produced by Slot Machine co-produced by Zentropa International Poland, Narbutta 25A, 02-536 Warsaw, lok. 211, phone + 48 22 646 55 93, zentropa@zentropa.pl; Zentropa International Koln; Canal +; ZDF; Shot – Szumowski; Liberator Productions producers Marianne Slot, Małgorzta Szumowska, Agnieszka Kurzydło, Betina Brokemper co-producer Beata Ryczkowska, Reinhold Elschot, Daniel Blum, Peter Jensen, Peter Garde  co-financed by The Polish Film Institute distributed by Kino Świat
35mm, colour, 100′
Poland-France-Germany 2011


The story of Anna, a journalist writing an article about prostitution among university students. While working on her piece, she meets two young women, Charlotte and Alicja, who bring her into the world of love for sale. A world that is appalling, yet at the same time – to Anna’s own surprise – somewhat appealing.


Małgorzata Szumowska
Born in 1973. Director and screenwriter. Graduate of the National Film School in Łódź. Her student films and documentaries won a number of film awards; her student film Cisza (Silence) alone won 18 awards at international film festivals. Nominated for a European Film Award as European Discovery of the Year for her features Szczęśliwy człowiek (Happy Man) and Ono (Stranger), both of which screened and received awards various international film festivals. Member of the European Film Academy since 2001.


Translated by Karolina Kołtun