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Bartosz Grudziecki
Poland, Germany 2018 / 106’
The River

Anna, who lives in the countryside, leads a quiet, bleak life surrounded by nature and local drunks. She gets a chance to escape from her everyday existence thanks to an encounter with Joanna and Andrzej, a wealthy couple from Warsaw looking for the ruins of a church where a famous poet was once held captive. Anna becomes their guide and, in time, grows closer to her new friends. An innocent journey turns into a disturbing game based on class differences, and a dreamlike atmosphere sneaks into the realistic framework when Anna changes her behavior and starts stealing Joanna’s identity. In his full-length debut, Grudziecki breaks with the dominant urban view of the countryside that is a feature Polish cinema. He creates a subtle story—saturated with color and in the spirit of Antonioni—about unfulfilled ambitions, the struggle for self-actualization and the need for freedom, which can be destructive under certain circumstances.

Marcin Kempisty

Bartosz Grudziecki

Born in Wrocław in 1982, Bartosz Grudziecki moved to Germany with his parents when he was still a child. He studied at the University of Television and Film in Munich. In 2008, he took part in the Berlinale Talent Campus. The Wall is his feature debut.


2005 Bracia (short)

2007 Polska Roadmovie (short)

2018 Wycieczka / Wall

Cast & Crew

director Bartosz Grudziecki
screenplay Bartosz Grudziecki
cinematography Tim Kuhn
editing Irena Siedlar
music Tymoteusz Witczak
cast Anna Ilczuk, Katarzyna Wajda, Piotr Domalewski
producer Martin Kosok, Alexander Fritzemeyer, Julian Anselmino
production DREIFILM, HFF Munich
sales Drei Film
language Polish
colouration colour