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"Emphasis on distinctive storytelling and striking visuals, these films contemplate the consequences of regret and retribution."

— Amanda Naseem, Shorts Programmer


runtime: 88 mins

These films have a pre-recorded Q&A with the filmmakers following the program.

Synopsis: There is a myth about Ondine, a water nymph, who fell in love with a mortal. Because of his infidelity, she put a curse on him— he would breathe only as long as he is awake. As soon as he fell asleep, he died. The myth is also used to refer to a rare medical condition called Ondine’s Curse. Twenty-two-year-old Cezary still lives with his mother but is also in love with twenty-year-old Emilia, a rock singer. He keeps a dark secret. One day all three of them have to deal with the mythical Ondine and her curse.


Director's Bio: Tomasz Sliwinski is a writer and director based in Warsaw. He is a graduate of Warsaw Film School and Wajda School of Film Directing in Warsaw. His previous short documentary film, OUR CURSE (2013), was awarded at many international film festivals and nominated for an Oscar in 2015.

  • Year
    2019
  • Runtime
    39:45
  • Language
    Polish
  • Country
    Poland
  • Director
    Tomasz Śliwiński
  • Screenwriter
    Tomasz Śliwiński, Magda Hueckel
  • Producer
    Jerzy Kapuscinski, Ewa Jastrzebska
  • Executive Producer
    Iza Igel
  • Cast
    Bartosz Bielenia, Magdalena Kolesnik, Judyta Paradzinska
  • Cinematographer
    Bartosz Swiniarski
  • Editor
    Alan Zejer