„Never gonna snow again” picked as Polish Oscar entry

Co-financed by the Polish Film Institutepicture „Never gonna snow again” directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englerthas been picked as Poland’s candidate for the best international feature film at the American Academy Awards. This decision by the Polish Oscar’s Commission presided by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek was announced on August 10th at a press conference in Warsaw.

The film is set to premiere at this year’s Main Competition of the Venice Film Festival. It has also been officially selected to Telluride Film Festival, one of the most important film festivals in the USA.

One foggy morning in the city appears HE – an attractive man from a true, exotic east. Żenia, because that is his name, has a gift. His hands heal, and his eyes look into the souls of single women. The man works as a masseur in a wealthy estate near the city. Working for people separated by a wall from the „worse” world, he learns about their stories and personal dramas. Soon Zenia’s remarkable abilities will change the lives of each of them.

Cast and crew

The image by the Szumowska-Englert duo was based on their shared script. The cast includes: Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati, Katarzyna Figura, Andrzej Chyra, Łukasz Simlat and Krzysztof Czeczot.

Michał Englert is responsible for cinematography for the film, for editing: Jarosław Kamiński and Agata Cierniak, for sound: Kacper Habisiak, Marcin Kasiński and Marcin Jachyra. Production was managed by: Dagmara Bagnecka and Stefaan Schieder. The set design was prepared by Jagna Janicka, costumes – Katarzyna Lewińska, make-up – Waldemar Pokromski. The producers are: Agnieszka Wasiak and Mariusz Włodarski from Lava Films, Viola Fügen and Michael Weber from Match Factory Productions, as well as  Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert, and the co-producers are: Mazovia and Warsaw Film Fund, Kino Świat, DI-Factory, Bayerischer Rundfunk in cooperation with Arte.

About Szumowska and Englert

The feature, which is a joint Polish-German production, is Szumowska’s seventh film. She has become one of Poland’s most acclaimed film directors. Her 2013 film „In The Name Of” won prizes at the Berlin festival and Poland’s Gdynia Film Festival. „Body”, her 2015 feature, was awarded the Berlinale Silver Bear for best director, and won the European Film Awards’ People’s Choice Award. Her 2018 film „Mug” won the Silver Bear Jury Grand Prix award at the Berlinale.

For Englert, a prominent cinematographer with an award at the Sundance Festival to his name „Never Gonna Snow Again” is a directorial debut.