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53 Wars

Ewa Bukowska
53 wojny
Poland 2018 / 82’

While Anka (Magdalena Popławska) and Witek (Michał Żurawski) have been together for many years, there's no lack of tenderness in their relationship. Even so, Anka basically lives alone, as she is always waiting for her husband to come back from the front lines. Tired of the constant absence of a man who is slavishly devoted to his work, who mentions the fact that he's about to leave yet again along with an innocent request for a cup of tea, she starts to rebel against her thankless role as a modern-day Penelope. This "Don't go" can be heard over and over again in 53 Wars. Based on Grażyna Jagielska's autobiographical Miłość z kamienia. Życie z korespondentem wojennym (Love from a Stone: Life With a War Correspondent), Ewa Bukowska talks about longing that, rather than strengthening feelings, gradually destroys them. "If you start your next war now, I'll never finish these renovations," the main character says sharply, cutting short another revelation about a bloody conflict, while the director focuses not on those who leave, but on those who stay behind, because sometimes they are the ones who pay the highest price.

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Ewa Bukowska

Born in Aleksandrów Kujawski in 1966, Ewa Bukowska is a Polish director, screenwriter and actress. She has appeared in, among other roles, Feliks Falk's Summer of Love and Christopher Doyle's Warsaw Dark. Her short film The Return was presented at the Warsaw Film Festival and 53 Wars at the festival in Karlovy Vary. Based on Grażyna Jagielska's autobiographical book, Miłość z kamienia. Życie z korespondentem wojennym (Love from a Stone: Life With a War Correspondent), 53 Wars stars Magdalena Popławska and Michał Żurawski.


2013 Powrót / The Return (short)

2018 53 wojny / 53 Wars

Cast & Crew

director Ewa Bukowska
screenplay Ewa Bukowska
cinematography Tomasz Naumiuk
editing Agnieszka Glińska
music Natalia Fiedorczuk-Cieślak
cast Magdalena Popławska, Michał Żurawski, Kinga Preis, Krzysztof Stroiński, Dorota Kolak
producer Jacek Bromski, Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuściński
production Munk Studio-Polish Filmmakers Association
Polish distributor Next Film
language Polish
colouration colour