„Prime Time” at the Sundance Film Festival
Jakub Piątek’s debut – „Prime Time” starring Bartosz Bielenia and Magdalena Popławska, is to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Production – co-financed by the Polish Film Institute – will compete against nine feature films in the World Cinema Dramatic competition.
Founded by Robert Redford more than forty years ago, the festival that celebrates independent cinema has turned into one of the most important film events worldwide. This is the place where Quentin Tarantino, Steven Soderbergh, Darren Aronofsky and Jim Jarmusch started their careers, and the films such as „Reservoir Dogs”, „Little Miss Sunshine” and „Whiplash” attracted attention of a wider audience. It was at this festival that Agnieszka Smoczyńska received the Special Jury Award for „The Lure” four years ago, and in 2019, Krystyna Janda was awarded for her role in „Dolce fina giornata” directed by Jacek Borcuch. Next edition will be between January, 28th till February, 3rd 2021. Films will be shown on online platform and on special screenings in partnership with independent cinema communities across the U.S. and beyond to safely host in-person events.
„Prime Time” is a gripping psychological drama, a universal story about an individual oppressed by the system, who decides to shout the timeless „J’accuse” at it. The film takes us back in time to the last day of 1999 to show the generation formed by the experiences of the 1990s. This is a voice from the past, telling us about social inequality and the division into better and worse ones, populism, selfishness, and the lack of hope. Carrying a gun, Sebastian gets into the television studio and demands to go live at prime time. He takes hostages, but wants no ransom. He just wants to say something incredibly important. And to do that, he’s ready to put everything at risk. Premier eis expected in Autumn 2021.
In the leading role Bartosz Bielenia, whose partners are: Magdalena Popławska, Andrzej Kłak, Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik, Dobromir Dymecki, Cezary Kosiński, Monika Frajczyk and Juliusz Chrząstowski. „Prime Time” is the full-length feature debut of Jakub Piątek, the director of awarded documentaries and short films: „Users”, „One Man Show” and „Mother” which was shown at more than fifty international film festivals.
Screenplay is written by: Jakub Piątek and Łukasz Czapski. Director of Photography is Michał Łuka, Costume Designer – Hanna Podraza and Set Designer – Katarzyna Jędrzejczyk. Editors are Jarosław Kamiński, Urszula Klimek-Piątek, Make-up Artist – Janusz Kaleja, Music Composer – Teoniki Rożynek and Sound by: Michał Fojcik and Bartłomiej Bogacki. For Jakub Razowski’s it is a debut as a Producer, Executive Producer is Krzysztof Terej. The film has been made by Watchout Studio, co-produced by TVN and the Krakow Festival Office, is distributed by NEXT FILM.