A Porter From Mewa Hotel

Director and screenwriter: Michał Janów

Director of photography: Weronika Bilska

Editor: Przemysław Chruścielewski

Music: Przemysław Frankowski

Production managers: Monika Malik, Alicja Korek, Konrad Kowalski, Paweł Żukowski

Artistic supervisor: Jerzy Stuhr

Cast: Arkadiusz Jakubik, Robert Talarczyk, Dariusz Niebudek, Bogdan Kalus, Zbigniew Konopka, Mirosław Neinert

Year of production: 2012

Running time: 29'

People’s Republic of Poland. Włodzimierz Zawada, a porter at one of the workers‘ hotels is an exemplary citizen whose undisturbed daily existence passes without note. An unexpected finding that he comes across on a hotel’s corridor turns his life upside down, putting him in a Kafkian situation. Soon, it turnes out that Zawada is used as a scapegoat by the local authorities trying to express, on every opportunity, their devotion to the party.  When this elaborate plan is about to be successfully completed things suddenly take on a new direction. “A Porter From Mewa Hotel” is a bitter-sweet, grotesque crime story that depicts the ugly methods of communist regime, revealing each of its ambiguities and obscurities.

Film represented by Krakow Film Foundation

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Festival screenings of the film:

18th International Short Film Festival Leuven, Belgium (2012) - in competition

53rd Brno16 International Short Film Festival, Czech Republic (2012) - in competition

Aye Aye International Film Festival, France (2012) - screening

Play Poland Film Festival, travelling (2012) - screening

23rd Mediawave International Film & Music Festival, Hungary (2013) - in competition

Polish Film Festival Puma Media, Australia (2014) - screening

52nd Kraków Film Festival, Poland (2012) - in competition

37th Gdynia Film Festival, Poland (2012) - in competition

31st The Youth and Film - The Festival of Film Debuts in Koszalin, Poland (2012) - in competition

12th New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland (2012) - in competition

19th International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima, Poland (2012) - in competition

11th International Independent Film Forum, Poland (2012) - in competition

41st Lubuskie Film Summer, Poland (2012) - in competition

28th Warsaw Film Festival, Poland (2012) - screening

10th Węgiel International Student Film Festival, Poland (2013) - in competition

11th "Opolskie Lamy" Film Festival, Poland (2013) - Special Mention in the Student Etudes Competition

7th Festival of Polish Independent Film Offeliada, Poland (2013) - in competition

10th GOFFR Film Festival, Poland (2013) - Third Prize

6th OFF CAMERA International Festival of Independent Cinema, Poland (2013) - screening

5th Short Waves Film Festival, Poland (2013) - screening

20th International Film Festival Etiuda & Anima, Poland (2013) - screening

7th Filmoffo Film Festival, Poland (2014) - in competition

10th Independent Film Festival kiloff, Poland (2014) - screening

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