The Sun, the Sun Blinded Me

Release date: 21-10-2016
Director: Anna Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal
written & directed by Anna Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal director of photography Wilhelm Sasnal production design by Marek Zawierucha costume design by Ewelina Gąsior make-up by Aleksandra Dutkiewicz sound by Igor Kłaczyński production managers Ewa Przywara, Paweł Przywara executive producers Ewa Przywara, Paweł Przywara producers Anna Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal executive production by Lunafilm produced by Hauser & Wirth, Fundacja Galerii Foksal distributed by Balapolis film’s website thesunfilm.com
 
cast Rafał Maćkowiak (Rafał Mularz), Edet Bassey (stranger), Małgorzata Zawadzka (Ola, Rafał’s partner), Paweł Binkowski, Juliusz Chrząstowski, Joanna Drozda (Ola’s sister), Patrycja Durska, Piotr Grabowski (border guard), Jacek Janosz, Zbigniew Konopka (priest), Paweł Kumięga, Szymon Kuśmider (head of old people’s home), Jerzy Gaździński-Łapiński (inmate of old people’s home), Michał Majnicz, Piotr Polak (advocate), Jerzy Cisak, Krzysztof Pabian, Grażyna Rezner, Bogusław Samek, Bogdan Sysło, Barbara Toffel, Lech Wierzbowski

colour, 74′
Poland, Switzerland 2016

 

Rafal Mularz is an outcast by choice. He does not act according to generally accepted rules. His alienation is the result of his chosen way of life; it is an escape from fears, desires, dreams, and ambitions. One day he meets a man even more alien than himself. The film builds a portrait not only of the main char­acter, but also of contemporary society, which usually points the finger at any otherness. What does it mean to encounter a stranger? That is the question faced by the film’s protagonist, a man detached from the world around him, and also by countries such as Poland – xenophobic, refusing to take on their share of responsibility.