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by Lukasz Barczyk


Steeped in wonder and mystery, HISZPANKA (Influenz) tells the story of a group of clairvoyants committed to restoring the Polish state as World War One dwindles to an end. Gathered inside a hotel room for a special séance, the magi use their power to save Jan Paderewski, the legendary pianist and symbolic leader of a successful patriotic uprising. At the same time, a hostile medium hired by the Prussian army is trying to influence Paderewski with his negative power. The eerily whirring table becomes the center of an unfolding melodrama, giving birth to a love requiring the highest sacrifice of all. At once a pitch-black comedy of bourgeois manners, an alternative version of history and an unconventional spy thriller, Lukasz Barczyk’s HISZPANKA (Influenz) creates a parallel world all its own. The movie merges fiction with historical fact, telling the true story of the only successful uprising in Polish history, which took place in Greater Poland in the years 1918-19.

international title: Influence
original title: Hiszpanka
country: Poland
year: 2015
genre: fiction
directed by: Lukasz Barczyk
film run: 110'
release date: PL 23/01/2015
screenplay: Lukasz Barczyk
cast: Crispin Glover, Artur Krajewski, Bruce Glover, Karl Markovics
cinematography by: Karina Kleszczewska
art director: Miroslaw Koncewicz
costumes designer: Dorota Roqueplo
producer: Lukasz Barczyk
co-producer: Jaroslaw Sawko, Lukasz Poninski, Piotr Sikora, Stanislaw Tyczynski
production: Studio Filmowe Kadr, Instytucja Filmowa Film-Art, Platige Image
distributor: ITI Cinema

main awards/selection

Gdynia Polish Film Festival 2015 

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