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by Ryszard Brylski


Named after the Polish word for white borscht, this thick soup of drama involves a youngish widow, Halina, her impaired 15-year-old daughter, Iwona, and Iwona’s newborn baby. It’s right before Christmas, and Halina desperately wants the baby to be baptized, and so drags her daughter through the snow, looking for the baby’s father, whose name Iwona either won’t or can’t divulge. Iwona eventually points a shaky finger at several men, including her mother’s sometime lover and a local soldier.

international title: Zhoorek
original title: Żurek
country: Poland
year: 2003
genre: fiction
directed by: Ryszard Brylski
film run: 71'
release date: PL 26/09/2003
screenplay: Ryszard Brylski
cast: Katarzyna Figura, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Natalia Rybicka, Hanna Polk, Krzysztof Ogloza
cinematography by: Arkadiusz Tomiak
film editing: Jaroslaw Kamiński
art director: Joanna Doroszkiewicz
costumes designer: Maria Kostrzewska
music: Michal Lorenc
producer: Dorota Kaźmierska-Nyczek
distributor: Best Film
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