The Lesser of Two Evils

Release date: 23-10-2009
Director: Janusz Morgenstern

directed by Janusz Morgenstern written by Janusz Morgenstern, Janusz Anderman based on the novel by Janusz Anderman „Cały czas” director of photography Andrzej Ramlau PSC music by Michał Lorenc production design by Andrzej Haliński costume design by Magdalena Biedrzycka edited by Elżbieta Kurkowska PSM sound by Andrzej Bohdanowicz production manager Ewa Jastrzębska

cast Lesław Żurek (Kamil), Janusz Gajos (Kamil’s father), Wojciech Pszoniak (patient), Anna Romantowska (Kamil’s mother), Magdalena Cielecka (actress), Tamara Arciuch (doctor), Olaf Lubaszenko (civilian), Borys Szyc (Mareczek), Edyta Olszówka (essayist), Grzegorz Wojdon (volunteer), Zdzisław Rychter (fisherman), Marek Kossakowski (student) Krzysztof Kowalewski, Zofia Czerwińska, Krzysztof Kolberger, Andrzej Zaborski, Daniel Olbrychski, Wiktor Zborowski, Władysław Kowalski, Wojciech Mecwaldowski

produced by Film Studio Perspektywa, Puławska 61, 02-595 Warsaw, phone +48 22 845 84 80-82 phone/fax +48 22 845 54 94, e-mail biuro@studioperspektywa.pl www.studioperspektywa.pl co-produced by Vision Film, Rydygiera 7, 07-793 Warsaw, phone +48 22 839 60 09, +48 22 839 07 53, fax +48 22 839 13 67, e-mail vision@vision.pl www.vision.pl; Documentary and Feature Film Studio, Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warsaw, phone +48 22 841 26 83, e-mail wfdif@wfdif.com.pl producer Janusz Morgenstern executive producer Dorota Ostrowska-Orlińska co-producers Włodzimierz Otulak, Włodzimierz Niderhaus co-financed by The Polish Film Institute distributed by Vision Film world sales Vision Film

35 mm, 1:1,85, colour, 110′

Poland 2009

 

1980. Kamil, a student of Polish philology, publishes an experimental poem in a prestigious periodical. The world around is engulfed in the Solidarity revolution; everyone is required to choose on which side of the barricade one stands. The image of a rebellious opposition writer is very tempting, but to maintain this position one has to… write. But the creative inspiration abandons our hero; he does not do his best at his studies either.

In order to avoid being conscripted, Kamil is taken to a psychiatric hospital for observation. There, he comes across the manuscript of an excellent novel left behind by an oversensitive roommate who committed suicide. Nobody but Kamil knows about the existence of the masterpiece…

 

Janusz Morgenstern

Born in 1922. Director, scriptwriter and film producer. Graduated from the Łódź Film School. One of the most prominent Polish directors; awarded numerous prizes for his artistic achievements. Director of television series (mini-series). Artistic director of the Perspektywa Film Studio.

 

Filmography (selected)

1960: See you Tomorrow (Do widzenia, do jutra); 1962: Opening Tomorrow (Jutro premiera); 1963: Adam’s Two Ribs (Dwa żebra Adama); 1964: Back to Life Again (Życie raz jeszcze); 1965: And All Will Be Quiet (Potem nastąpi cisza); 1967: Jowita; 1972: To Kill This Love (Trzeba zabić tę miłość); 1980: Smaller Sky (Mniejsze niebo); 1986: Legend of the White Horse; 2000: Yellow Scarf (Żółty Szalik, tv): 2009: The Lesser of Two Evils (Mniejsze zło)

 

Awards:

  • 6th New York Polish Film Festival, New York 2010 – Audience Award
  • 2010 Polish Film Awards “Orły” (Eagles) – Best Supporting Actor: Janusz Gajos