The Birthday

Director : Maciej Sobieszczański
Screenplay : Maciej Sobieszczański (na podstawie opowiadania „Mistrz świata” E. Kereta)
Actors : Maciej Marczewski, Katarzyna Dąbrowska, Krzysztof Globisz, Dorota Kolak, Janusz Chabior
Year of production : 2011
Running time : 25'47 min

Szymon is thirty years old, has a girlfriend with whom he’s not head over heels in love and a life which could be successful. Then comes a birthday. His father’s, a man who was once ‘champion of the world’ to his son and is now losing the final vestiges of his greatness. It opens Szymon’s eyes to the fact that he is becoming more and more like his father and that, if nothing happens, then catastrophe will occur. "The Birthday" is an irony-filled adaptation of Etgar Keret’s short story “World Champion” exploring how difficult it is to grow up and why it is worth trying. This is also a story about parents who cease to be authorities and become people. And about violence, which sometimes can be healing.

Maciej Sobieszczański
A graduate in screenwriting from the National Film, Television and Theatre School in Łódź, Maciej is the author of a number of screen- and theatre plays, including "An Ordinary Thing", directed by Valentyn Vasyanovich, Ukraine, "A Simple Story About Love", directed by Arkadiusz Jakubik, and "The Spanish Swindler", a detective drama for Polish National Television’s Culture Channel, directed by Mirosław Zborjewicz. For two years now, he has been working as a lecturer at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing and the Film School in Łódź.

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