"Gods" in Cinemas in the UK and Ireland
Bogowie (Gods), photo: press materials
On October 24, 2014, Bogowie (Gods), a film directed by Łukasz Palkowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will be released theatrically in the United Kingdom and Ireland.
The United Kingdom and Ireland
Bogowie (Gods) will screen across the United Kingdom at Cineworld cinemas (in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Bristol, Bolton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Luton Northampton, Nottingham, and Southampton), and at Omniplex cinemas in Ireland. The film will be released on October 24 with English subtitles.
Bogowie (Gods) and Poland’s First Heart Transplant
Bogowie (Gods) is the story of the early days in the career of acclaimed heart surgeon Zbigniew Religa, who performed the first successful heart transplant in Poland in 1985.
A Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute
Bogowie (Gods) was directed by Łukasz Palkowski, written by Krzysztof Rak, and lensed by Piotr Sobociński Jr. The film was produced by Watchout Productions and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Distribution in Poland is handled by Next Film. Polish actor Tomasz Kot plays the lead role of professor Religa, with supporting performances by Piotr Głowacki, Magdalena Czerwińska, and Kinga Preis. The film was released theatrically in Poland on October 10, 2014.
Tomasz Kot as Zbigniew Religa
“The operating room is a rather enclosed space, and one usually enters it under anesthesia and thus remembers nothing. So the most important thing was to understand the nature of this job […]. I was most interested in the temperature of his speech – especially since all his colleagues often mention his temper, his forcefulness. I asked Krzysztof to get old interviews from the radio archives. I would listen to the sound of his voice. I looked at photos from his personal archives. I met with Anna Religa, and with their son Grzegorz Religa. Once we truly understood that this is not a game and we are telling a story that is a constant balancing act between life and death – not taking a bunch of pills for the flu, but opening a person’s chest and performing open heart surgery – my whole ego somehow diminished and it became easier to prepare for the role,” said lead actor Tomasz Kot at the 39th Gdynia Film Festival.
Winner of the 39th Gdynia Film Festival
Bogowie (Gods) won the 39th Gdynia Film Festival. In addition to the Golden Lions Grand Prize, Łukasz Palkowski’s feature received the award for Best Actor (Tomasz Kot) and awards for Best Screenplay, Best Make-Up, and Best Production Design.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun