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CANNES 2006 Out of competition / PL

The Boy on a Galloping Horse


After Retrieval [+see also:
film review
interview: Denis Dercourt
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film profile
, presented in Un Certain Regard
, The Boy on a Galloping Horse (The Boy on a Galloping Horse ) by Adam Guzinski is the second Polish film at Cannes this year. Screened out of competition and competing for the Caméra d'Or, the film marks the debut feature a young graduate of the National Film, Television & Theatre School of Lodz who has already directed a number of highly acclaimed shorts, including Jakub, winner of the Cinéfondation award at Cannes in 1998.

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The Boy is a communicative drama, magnificently photographed in very beautiful black and white lighting by DoP Jolanta Dylewska. The film’s three characters – a writer with writer’s block, his wife and their son – live in the country. The couple no longer talks to each other – until the day that their seven year-old son has to undergo a serious operation, which forced them talk to one another and redefine what unites them.

Filled with silence, lengthy still shots and close-ups, dreamlike sequences and dialogue that frames two characters at a time, The Boy is a film deeply inspired by the cinema of Ingmar Bergman. However, while the style of the Swedish master is a little heavy to imitate, Guzinski succeeds in creating a world of his own, displaying his undeniable talent.

The 75-minute The Boy on a Galloping Horse was co-produced by Opus Film in co-production with Telewizja Polska S.A, who also holds the rights to the film.

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(Translated from French)

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