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by Robert Gliński


Only a river separates a small Polish border town from Germany. The local teenagers, are wide-eyed at their neighbours’ standard of living. Tomek is a good student, he’s interested in astronomy and plays football to please his father. Except that he lives in a little border town plagued by unemployment and poverty, whereas, on the other side of the river, lies Germany with all its relative affluence. When Tomek meets Marta at his first disco and falls in love with her, he starts to think up ways of earning money in order to keep her interested. After attempts to make some cash smuggling dogs, he approaches the pimp Borys who finds local boys for his German clients. Tomek has no idea of the brutal fate which awaits him.

international title: Piggies
original title: Swinki (Ich, Tomek)
country: Poland, Germany
year: 2009
genre: fiction
directed by: Robert Gliński
film run: 94'
release date: DE 10/06/2010
screenplay: Joanna Didik, Robert Gliński
cast: Filip Garbacz, Daniel Furmanik, Bogdan Koca, Katarzyna Pyszyńska, Dorota Wierzbicka, Piotr Jagielski, Rolf Hoppe, Marek Kalita, Tomasz Tyndyk, Roman Leus, Anna Kulej
cinematography by: Petro Aleksowski
film editing: Krzysztof Szpetmański
art director: Stefan Hauck
costumes designer: Agata Culak
music: Cornelius Renz
producer: Witold Iwaszkiewicz, Eike Goreczka, Mario Schneider
production: Widark - Produkcja Filmowa i Tv, 42film GmbH
backing: Polish Film Institute, Mitteldeutsche Medienforderung
distributor: Salzgeber & Co. Medien
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