The Call of the Toad
directed by Robert Gliński written by Klaus Richter, Cezary Harasimowicz, Paweł Huelle director of photography Jacek Petrycki music by Richard G. Mitchell production design by Jochen Schumacher, Robert Czesak costume design by Bea Gossmann, Anna Kiljańska edited by Krzysztof Szpetmański sound by Gregor Voigt production managers Gregori Winkowski, Małgorzata Jurczak
cast Krystyna Janda (Aleksandra Piątkowska), Matthias Habich (Alexander Reschke), Dorothea Walda (Erna Brakup), Bhasker Patel (Chatterjee), Udo Samel (Vielbrand), Marek Kondrat (Marczak), Mareike Carriere (Johanna Dettlaff), Joachim Krol (Karau), Zbigniew Zamachowski (priest Bieroński), Aleksandra Kisio (Iwonka), Krzysztof Globisz (Wróbel), Mirosław Baka (mechanic), Meret Becker (Sophia), Justus Kranz (little Alex), Dominik Klaumann (Tommy), Frederick Lau, Izabela Januszko (little Aleksandra), Monika Pikuła, Arunas Sakalauskas (Aleksandra’s father), Krzysztof Ogłoza (Witek, Aleksandra’s son), Uwe Rohde (Olaf), Helene Grass (Grethe), Jurgen Hartmann (Jo), Dariusz Siastacz, Kamil Grenda, Anne Kasprik (Alex’s mother), Marek Brodzki, Jolanta Dapkunaite (Aleksandra’s mother), Krzysztof Szczerbiński (chav), Andrzej Andrzejewski (chav), Grzegorz Gzyl (receptionist), Joachim Lamża (Głowa), Matthias Redlhammer, Vaidotas Martinaitis, Michael Trischan, Sabine Vitua, Grzegorz Wolf (Hitler Adolf), Krzysztof Matuszewski, Halina Słojewska (older turist), Ryszard Ronczewski (older turist), Grzegorz Sochaj, Stefan Burczyk, Igor Michalski, Robert Gliński, Henryk Romanowski
produced by Ziegler Film GmbH & Co. KG, Filmcontract Ltd., Film and Music Entertainment Ltd. co-produced by Degeto Film GmbH, Telewizja Polska, miasto Gdańsk, Kino Świat producers Regina Ziegler, Henryk Romanowski co-producers Elke Ried, Mike Downey, Sam Taylor distributed by Kino Świat
A love story between a German man and a Polish woman who become caught up in the advent of modern capitalism in Poland. In Gdansk, Poland, in 1989, Alexander Reschke and Alexandra Piatkowska first meet on their way to a cemetery. Both are survivors from the end of WWII when many people from Poland and Germany were displaced as borders were re-drawn according to the ideas of politicians. But they discover that displacement and war is not all they have in common. They have both been widowed and due of their upheaval – they share the belief that survivors such as themselves should have the right to be returned home for burial. As their love affair grows, their ambitions become entwined. The pair establishes a Cemetery of Reconciliation to show that old hatreds are now dead. They form a company that arranges for survivors to be buried in their original country but as the money rolls in, their good intentions are corrupted.
Born in 1952. Director, scriptwriter, and academic teacher. Graduated from the Łódź Film School. Laureate of numerous awards at Polish and international film festivals. Since 2002, a lecturer at the Directing Department of Łódź Film School, since September 2008, its rector.
1983: Niedzielne igraszki / Sunday Pranks; 1985: Rośliny trujące / Poisonous Plants; 1988: Łabędzi śpiew / Swan Song; 1992: Wszystko, co najważniejsze / All That Really Matters; 1997: Kochaj i rób co chcesz / Love Me and Do Whatever you Want; 2001: Cześć, Tereska / Hi, Tereska; 2005: Wróżby kumaka / The Call of the Toad; 2007: Benek; 2009: Świnki / Piggies