On 19th of October ‘Manhunt’ (Obława) by Marcin Krzyształowicz premiered in Polish cinemas. It is a war thriller in which Marcin Dorociński portrayes an executioner of the Polish resistance who combats Nazis, traitors and his own dark past.
The plot of the film is inspired by war stories of Adam Krzyształowicz , corporal of Polish Home Army, alias ‘Otter’ (Wydra), father of the director. The leading role is played by Marcin Dorociński who ruthlessly deals with Nazis and collaborating Poles. Apart from Dorociński the film features: Maciej Stuhr and Sonia Bohosiewicz, as well as Weronika Rosati (who for the film decided to act without any make up), Andrzej Zieliński, Alan Andersz and Sebastian Stegman.
Marcin Krzyształowicz displays in ‘Manhunt’ an image of war which humiliates everybody: traitors and those who are betrayed, those who are killed and those killing in the name of justice. The director creates a very grim world via shots by Arkadiusz Tomiak – world which is not only grey and dirty but also perverse. Lack of order and distorted proportions of the war reality fortify nonlinear narration: Krzyształowicz often segments retrospective, cuts it in the middle and finalizes later on.
In ‘Manhunt’ the director showed ambiguous and non-heroic image of Poland. He did not divide to ‘the bad and the good guys’, he concentrated on displaying absurd and ruthlessness of war which shatters these classifications. In ‘Manhunt’ one can see different levels of treason: someone betrays because he wants to save the family, someone else looks for certain benefits, the other tips off about a snitch even if he has helped him. Despite all of that Krzyształowicz shows his protagonists in moral duality, war world is paradoxically sketchy, superficial and at times almost schematic.
The film had its premiere at the 37th Gdynia Film Festival. It was one of the 12 pictures shown in the Main Competition and was awarded the Silver Lion as well as Studio and Arthouse Cinemas Association Award. The film has also received an award for editing for Adam Kwiatek and Wojciech Mrówczyński. ‘Manhunt’ international premiere has taken place at the 36th Montreal International Film Festival where Marcin Krzyształowicz’s film has taken part in the Main Competition. Production of ‘Manhunt’ was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and its Polish distributor is Kino Świat.