Torn

Director: Jacek Filipiak

written & directed by Jacek Filipiak director of photography Bogumił Godfrejow music by Waldemar Wróblewski production design by Marek Zawierucha costume design by Barbara Łagowska edited by Zbigniew Kostrzewiński sound by Barbara Domaradzka production manager Krzysztof Sułek, Paweł Ziębaczewski

cast Krzysztof Ciupa (Mateusz), Jan Frycz (“Krótki”), Krzysztof Globisz (teacher), Małgorzata Hajewska-Krzysztofik (“aunt” Bogaczowa), Andrzej Hudziak (“uncle” Stefan Bogacz), Izabela Kała (educator), Lech Dyblik (stoker), Piotr Krukowski (head master), Paweł Siedlik (educator), Paweł Harendarz (“Siwy”), Tomasz Szcześniak (“Krwawy Henryk”), Andrzej Mastalerz (policeman), Łukasz Simlat (“Długonogi”, educator), Michał Michalski (“Łysy”), Dawid Bazela (“Żyleta”), Rafał Długowski (Picki), Zofia Uzelac (director), Marek Rachoń (Bartek), Franciszek Trzeciak (kurator), Agnieszka Dygant-Władyniak (keeper), Andrzej Pawłowski (court reporter), Dominik Gdula (Zajdel), Przemysław Owczarek (Bekacz), Izabela Szokalewicz (“ameba”, girl at the game), Agata Wypłosz (“ameba”, girl at the game), Dagna Kidoń, Dorota Grabowska, Krzysia Karbowiak, Justyna Owczarek, Anna Pomorska, Tomasz Drobniak, Łukasz Pietrzyk, Dariusz Maciuk

produced by Telewizja Polska – Agencja Filmowa, Agencja Produkcji Filmowej, Contra Studio producer Jacek Gwizdała
colour, Dolby Digital, 102′
Poland 2003

 

Mateusz is only a boy but already with a lifetime’s worth of experience. Having already passed through an unsuccessful adoption, a foster home, an orphanage and a reform school, he pretty much knows about life on the margins and the violence that seems to be at the base of most interactions. Yet Mateusz refuses to give up his dream of living like other kids.

 

Jacek Filipiak
Born in 1967. Graduated in film directing from the National Film School in Łódź. Director of documentaries and series.