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A Cat with a Dog

Janusz Kondratiuk
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Poland 2018 / 102’

The great return of Janusz Kondratiuk. The maker ofthe famous Dziewczyny do wzięcia (Available Girls) once again combines elements of fiction and documentary to present a grotesque vision of reality. He also lends the film a deeply personal tone. A Cat With a Dog is the story of the complicated relationship between a director (Robert Więckiewicz) and his brother, Andrzej (Olgierd Łukaszewicz), the maker of the cult Hydrozagadka. The far from ideal brotherly bond becomes tighter when Andrzej is stricken with a serious illness. The brothers alternate between showing each other tenderness and wallowing in their grudges. Their partners play an important role in their lives: Janusz's wife, Beata (Bożena Stachura), who is increasingly troubled by the entire situation, and Andrzej's muse, Iga (Aleksandra Konieczna), who is lost in despair. Misunderstandings between the four are a source of tension, as well as first-rate humor. The result is perhaps the most honest Polish film about dying since Małgorzata Szumowska's memorable 33 Scenes from Life.

Piotr Czerkawski

Janusz Kondratiuk

Janusz Kondratiuk was born in 1943 in Ak-Bulak in what is now Kazakhstan, where his family lived in exiled. After returning to Poland, he studied at the Łódź Film School. As a director, he developed his own style based on unmasking the absurdities of life by mixing elements of fiction and documentary. This approach had its greatest success in the film Dziewczyny do wzięcia (1972), which today enjoys cult status.

Selected filmography

1971 Niedziela Barabasza

1972 Dziewczyny do wzięcia

1976 Czy jest tu panna na wydaniu?

1996 Złote runo

2010 Milion dolarów

Cast & Crew

director Janusz Kondratiuk
screenplay Janusz Kondratiuk, Dominik W. Rettinger
cinematography Witold Płóciennik
editing Marcin Kot Bastkowski
music Bartłomiej Gliniak
cast Robert Więckiewicz, Olgierd Łukaszewicz, Aleksandra Konieczna, Bożena Stachura
producer Michał Kwieciński
production Akson Studio
sales Akson Studio
language Polish
colouration colour