"Papusza" on DVD in Sweden

December 7, 2015 marks the Swedish DVD release date for Papusza by Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze.

Papusza available in Sweden

Photo courtesy of Njutafilms

December 7, 2015 marks the Swedish DVD release date for Papusza by Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze. The film was released theatrically in Sweden, on October 23, 2015. Distribution in Sweden is handled by Njutafilms. Papusza was also released theatrically in Spain and in Denmark.


Papusza is based on the true story of the first Gypsy poet to ever write down her poems and the first to have her works translated into Polish and officially published. This was the result of the effort of two men: Jerzy Ficowski, poet and historian focusing on the life of the Romani community in Poland, and Julian Tuwim. Papusza was written and directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krazue, authors of such acclaimed films as Plac Zbawiciela (Saviour’s Square) and Mój Nikifor (My Nikifor). The lead role was played by Jowita Budnik, with Zbigniew Waleryś and Antoni Pawlicki as her two male counterparts.

A Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Papusza was produced by Argomedia and co-produced by Canal+, Telewizja Polska, Studio Filmowe Kadr, and the Krakow Festival Office. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Distribution in Poland is handled by NextFilm. Papusza was released in Polish cinemas on November 15, 2013.


Papusza had its Polish premiere at the 38th Gdynia Film Festival, winning the awards for Best Supporting Actor (Zbigniew Waleryś), Best Make-Up (Anna Nobel-Nobielska), and Best Original Score (Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz). Papusza also received Special Mention of the Main Competition at the 48th Karlovy Vary IFF, three awards (Best Director, Award of the Youth Jury, and Best Actor) at the 58th Valladolid IFF, two awards at the 12th Pune International Film Festival in India (Best International Film and Best International Film Director), the award for Best Photography for Wojciech Staroń and Krzysztof Ptak in Macedonia, the Audience Award at the 54th Thessaloniki IFF. Papusza has also enjoyed very favourable reviews from international film critics.