Sentenced for Life

Director: Marcin Koszałka

written & directed by Marcin Koszałka director of photography Marcin Koszałka PSC Adam Nocoń, Walter Sarkowicz edited by Anna Wagner, Polish Association of Film Editors (PSM) sound by Krzysztof Suchodolski, Marcin Cichoń, Jacek Kołtuniak (edition) production manager Zofia Goraj produced by HBO Poland, ul. Puławska 17, 02-515 Warsaw, tel. +48 22 852 88 00, fax +48 22 852 88 02, +48 601 500 910, e-mail: executive production by Darklight Film Studio, ul. Katowicka 48, 31-351 Kraków, tel. +48 12 6263801, e-mail:, producers Jerzy Dzięgielewski, Aleksander Kutela, Anna Skonieczna executive producer Natalia Koszałka co-financed by The Polish Film Institute

16:9, colour, stereo, 66′
Poland 2008


A documentary devoted to women serving prison sentences. Each of them has a different story, usually long and complicated. All of them dream about freedom, men, and a new life, but now their world is the cell. They gaze upon the yard from behind bars and exchange stories about what was, is, and will be. Freedom is the main topic; they dream about it, but they are also afraid of it. Some of them live in prison accompanied by their small children.


Translated by Monika Miziniak | Edited by Patricia Koza