A Film about Pilch – the Krakow Premiere on the 18th of April!

A story of an outstanding writer, publicist, and screenwriter. The movie acquaints us with one of the most outstanding contemporary prose writers, the winner of several awards in literature. The story told by his friends and the writer himself. The Krakow premiere of ”A Film about Pilch” will be given at Pod Baranami Cinema on 18 April (Tuesday) at 7.00 p.m. The creators of the film and the writer’s friends will appear on the red carpet. A meeting with the director, Adam Lewandowski, the author of the author’s biography ”Pilch w sensie ścisłym” (Pilch in the Literal Sense), Katarzyna Kubisiowska, and Maciej Jakubowiak, will be held before the showing. Małgorzata I. Niemczyńska, a journalist, will moderate the discussion.

”A Film about Pilch” is a story about a very special man, whose remarkable outlook on life and depictions of reality in a distorting mirror have earned him a permanent place in the history of Polish literature. Jerzy Pilch talks to the camera about his childhood in Wisła, the influence of women on his personal choices, the duties of the author, and relations with his parents who are also characters in his prose. The author invites the spectators to his flat in Hoża Street in Warsaw, where he lives and works. “He is obsessive about a few things – I sympathize with his erotic obsession… But his Lutheran snobbery is something I cannot understand…” – says  Janusz Głowacki about the writer. A group of the Pilch’s friends and fellow writers appear in the production, including Krzysztof Varga, Andrzej Stasiuk and Wojciech Kuczok. The documentary was co-produced by Jacek Rzehak, the producer of ”The Mighty Angel”, and the Krakow Festival Office  — the operator of the Krakow – a UNESCO City of Literature programme.


Krakow received the title of the UNESCO City of Literature in 2013 as the world’s first Slavic and the second non-English-speaking city. Projects combining literature and film, and showing the wealth of Krakow’s literary heritage are important for the promotion of readership and support to the local creative milieu. The following film productions have been made so far: ”The Views of Krakow” – a walk around Krakow with the poet Adam Zagajewski, the film ”I Keep Coming Back” about Ryszard Krynicki  and ”A Life in Writing. Wisława Szymborska”.

Jerzy Pilch – a novelist, publicist, playwright and screenwriter. His prose is characterised by an ironical but tender look at the shortcomings of the world and human condition. An insightful observer and commentator of our local reality, shown from the perspective of intellectuals’ disappointment and complexes. A columnist, known for his originally conceived associations and caustic writing. The award winner of the Kościelski Foundation Award  (1989) and  NIKE literary prize, which he received in 2001 for his novel ”The Mighty Angel”. The author of film scripts for: ”Yellow Scarf” and ”List of Adulteresses”.

Adam Lewandowski  is a film director and screenwriter. He graduated from film studies at the Jagiellonian University and the Krakow Screenwriting School. For ten years he has been active as cinematographer, specializing in ”making of”, i.e. documentaries made at the set of feature films. Has cooperated with Wojciech Smarzowski, Anne Fontaine and Małgorzata Szumowska and other filmmakers. In his 2012 debut: ”Samosiuk – an Independent Republic”, he portrayed an outstanding cinematographer Zygmunt Samosiuk.

Jacek Rzehak, film and TV producer, in the 1980s co-creator of TSA group success as its manager and lyricist. In 2014, together with Wojciech Smarzowski, received Golden Lions at the Polish Feature Film Festival in Gdynia for adaptation of Jerzy Pilch’s ”The Mighty Angel” for screen.

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