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The Mother

Łukasz Ostalski
Poland 2013 / 30’

Małgorzata, an important politician, travels to a lake house to help her drug-addicted son and asks her daughter for support; the two discover the semi-conscious boy and mutilated body of a young girl. The tragedy tests their relationship as unhealed emotional wounds break open. Can moral rules be broken when it comes to our children? How much can you rationalize through blind maternal love? A woman faces the toughest choice of her life.


Tampere IFF 2013 – Audience Award; Węgiel SFF 2013 – Best Short Film

Łukasz Ostalski

He was born in Gdańsk and holds a Political Science degree from the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Gdańsk and attended the WFH Sopot Photography School. Multiple winner of photojournalism contests. In 2012, Ostalski graduated with a degree in Film Directing from the Gdynia Film School. The Mother is his graduate thesis film.


2013 Matka / The Mother (short)

Cast & Crew

director Łukasz Ostalski
screenplay Łukasz Ostalski
cinematography Sławomir Witek
editing Łukasz Ostalski
sound Marta Olko, Magdalena Kasperek, Igor Szymański
cast Danuta Stenka, Magdalena Czerwińska, Rafał Fudalej, Paulina Szostak
producer Leszek Kopeć, Jurek Rados
production Gdyńska Szkoła Filmowa
sales Gdyńska Szkoła Filmowa
language Polish
colouration colour