The hard-hitting and intense story of a 19-year-old who, in his fight to support the woman in his life and her child, is forced to enter into a world of evil.

Brought up without a father Wojtek lives in Śląsk. It’s a grey world and it’s hard to believe in a future when all that surrounds you are derelict coalmines and poverty-stricken streets. Here, even love comes harder. Wojtek is in love with an older woman, Katja - a Ukrainian emigrant with a child, and is ready to do anything to ensure her legal right to stay in Poland. However, the world of illegal boxing matches, small time gangsters, and debt retrieval has him cornered. The more he fights for a better life for his girlfriend and her child, the lower he himself falls. How much will he have to sacrifice to free himself from a world evil? Can he salvage that which is most important?

Director's Biography

Born in Warsaw in 1970, Slawomir Fabicki finished a screenplay writing course at The Lodz Film School in 1995 and studied Directing at the same school from 1996 to 2001. He became a member of the European Film Academy in 2001 and finished his studies at Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in 2003.

Cast & Crew

Directed by: Slawomir Fabicki

Written by: Slawomir Fabicki, Denijal Hasanovic

Produced by: Piotr Dzieciol, Lukasz Dzieciol, Marek Pruchniewski

Cinematography: Bogumil Godfrejow

Editing: Jaroslaw Kaminski

Production Design: Wojciech Zogala

Cast: Antoni Pawlicki (Wojtek), Nataliya Vdovina (Katja), Jacek Braciak (Gazda), Dmytro Melnychuk (Andriy)

Nominations and Awards

  • European Discovery - Prix Fipresci 2006