Piekorz: A priest’s dilemma
by Dorota Hartwich
Magdalena Piekorz (The Welts [+see also:
film profile], Grand Prix at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival 2004 - see making of) is currently shooting her new film Krzyż (lit. “The Cross”), principal photography on which is set to begin in August.
The film, scripted by Andrzej Saramonowicz, recounts the peaceful life of a young priest with his parishioners, in a small rural town near the Baltic Sea. Everything is turned upside down when a young woman suddenly turns up and the priest finds himself faced with the tough choice between individual happiness and pious sacrifice.
Such moral dilemmas faced by the religious profession is also the theme of the debut film by actor Andrzej Seweryn, renowned for his roles in Polish films, as well as in foreign productions (Indochine, Schindler’s List).
Presented at the recent Moscow International Film Festival, Seweryn’s Who Never Lived is the story of a young priest who looks after drug addicts. The drama unfolds when he learns he is infected with the HIV virus.
Krzyż stars well-known actors from Polish cinema and theatre (Anna Dymna, Krzysztof Globisz, Zbigniew Zamachowski) while The Welts DoP Marcin Koszałka is behind the camera once again.
The film is being produced by Michał Kwieciński and Sasha Harari (producer of The Doors by Oliver Stone) for Akson Studio, with backing from the Polish Film Institute.
(Translated from French)
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