All Souls’ Day

Director: Aleksandra Terpińska

written & directed by Aleksandra Terpińska director of photography Bartosz Bieniek production design by Tymoteusz Piotrowski costume design by Julia Sokolnicka make-up by Weronika Pająk sound by Jan Moszumański edited by Daniel Gąsiorowski production manager Monika Bałuch producer Krystyna Doktorowicz produced by Uniwersytet Śląski (Katowice) – Wydział Radia i Telewizji co-financed by The Polish Film Institute
cast Jaśmina Polak (Lena), Ewa Dałkowska (grandmother), Mariusz Bonaszewski (father), Anatol Fuksiewicz (brother), Katarzyna Ptasińska (Olka), Ireneusz Kozioł, Krzysztof Czeczot (votive candle seller)
colour, 17′
Poland 2011


A story of the eighteenth birthday of Lena, a young woman who is trying to bond with her family. All Souls’ Day, a special time for contacting the dead and getting together to return to one’s roots, puts our protagonist in a special mood and changes her outlook on her own problems and her complicated familial situation. Everything that happens throughout the day will revolutionise Lena’s view of her family, and self. All Souls’ Day is a story of the search for one’s identity and roots, and tells of the ever-intertwining strands of life and death, of the sacred and the profane. It is a film about the co-existence of parallel worlds that come together through the power of love.