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10.03, - 13:30, Lumiere
10.03, - 21:00, Lumiere
Director:  Malgosia Szumowska
Cinematography:  Michal Englert
Screenplay:  Malgosia Szumowska
Producer:  Karl Baumgartner , Raimond Goebel
Music:  Pawel Mykietyn
Cast:  Malgosia Bela , Marek Walczewski , Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska , Barbara Kurzaj , Marcin Brzozowski
Production:  Pandora Film/STI Studio Filmowe/Telewizja Polska/Bavaria Media
International distribution:  Bavaria Film International
Main programme / International Competition
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From the Land of Silence
Hotel
Love in Thoughts
Mirage
Monsterthursday
Prince Gomez
Red Coloured Grey Truck
Stranger
Suburbs
Tartarughe sul dorso
The Woodsman

STRANGER
ONO
STRANGER
, 2004, 110 min, color

It takes courage to love life, says Eva, and the pregnant 22-year-old should know. She has a low-paying, unrewarding job, a mother who refuses to see what she doesnt want to, a father who is losing his mind, and a baby growing within her from a boyfriend who left her. Yet Eva loves life. And when she suddenly realizes that there is a little human being within her, listening to her every word, she decides against an abortion. Little by little, she begins to share her love of life with the child in her womb. With words, music and sounds, she describes the world to her baby, shyly at first, then more and more confidently. Her spirits rise even more when she meets and falls in love with the sensitive Michal, who is perhaps her guardian angel or a fallen angel. Just as she is reaching an inner freedom, she learns that her delivery will be difficult and that there is a chance her child could die.

Polish director Malgosia Szumowska has fashioned an emotionally complex study of a young woman whose unwanted pregnancy becomes a precious gift. Known to Cannes audiences, Szumowska was nominated for the European Film Award in 2000. Her first feature, Happy Man, made the Variety Critics Choice of the 10 best films by young European directors in 2001.

MALGOSIA SZUMOWSKA
Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska, born in Krakow in 1973, was nominated for the European Film Award in 2000. Her first feature, Happy Man, made the Variety Critics' Choice of the 10 best films by young European directors in
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