Jacek Borcuch’s new movie “Dolce Fine Giornata” to be screened in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the Sundance festival, which takes place from January 24 to February 3, 2019.

World premiere at Sundance

Jacek Borcuch compete for the third time for the prestigious award at the Sundance festival. The director’s latest work was nominated as one of 12 in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition. As the producer Marta Habior said during the presentation at the Polish Days in Wroclaw, it is “a story about the clash of a great creative intellect with the current fears of Europe.” The Sundance screening will be the world premiere of the film.

“Dolce Fine Giornata”

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The film’s location is the Etruscan city of Volterra. Everyone knows and respects each other. On a small hill stands the house of Maria – Polish poet, Nobel Prize laureate, moral authority. Her life goes on in the rhythm of the Italian province, but it is turned upside down when she receives  shocking news about the tragic event. Under the influence of emotions, during the ceremony of awarding the title of an honorary citizen of the city, instead of courtesy thank-you, Maria gives a shockingly politically incorrect speech. From that moment, the heroine will experience the severe consequences of her speech.

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Jacek Borcuch is the director of “Dolce Fine Giornata”. This is his third film, which was selected to the Sundance Film Festival. In 2013, “Lasting” took part in an international competition, and in 2009 “All That I Love” was the first Polish title presented in the main competition at the festival. The script was written in cooperation between Jacek Borcuch and the writer Szczepan Twardoch, the author of the books “Morfina”, “Król” and the winner of the Nike Award. This is his screenwriting debut. The producer of the film is Marta Habior from No Sugar Films. Michał Dymek is responsible for cinematography (“Best Fireworks Ever”), and Elwira Pluta for the set design (“Panic Attack”). The main role is played by Krystyna Janda. She is partnered by Kasia Smutniak, who can currently be seen in the movie “Loro” by Paolo Sorrentino. The film is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The theatrical release is scheduled for 2019.

Polish successes at Sundance

The Sundance Festival is one of the most important independent cinema festivals in the world. The event, invented by actor Robert Redford, has been taking place in Park City, Utah, USA since 1978.

Polish cinema has been appreciated by the Sundance jury for several years. In addition to Jacek Borcuch, in 2016 the awards received also Michał Marczak’s film “All the Sleepless Nights” (Best Director in the World Cinema Documentary Competition) and Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s “The Lure” (Special Award in the World Dramatic Cinema Competition). In 2011, Jakub Stożek and his documentary “Out of reach” won the distinction in the Short Film Competition. In 2015, the “Object” directed by Paulina Skibińska received the Special Jury Prize in the Short Films Competition, while in 2013 Grzegorz Zariczny’s “The Whistle” won in the same section, and Michał Englert received the award for the best cinematography realized outside the United States for “Lasting”.