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Polish-French movie Other People in post-production

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- The feature debut by Cannes-awarded director Aleksandra Terpińska is based on a novel by established Polish writer Dorota Masłowska

Polish-French movie Other People in post-production
l-r: Jacek Beler, Zuzanna Bernat and Beata Kawka in Other People by Aleksandra Terpińska (© Madants/Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc/Anna Włoch)

“It’s a polyphonic story about isolated people dreaming of love in the big city,” says the official logline of Aleksandra Terpińska’s feature debut. “Other People is a drama about Kamil, a wannabe rapper who should be getting his life and career going, but who instead gets high, roams around the city and starts an affair with a bored, rich housewife, Iwona.”

The script is based on a recent novel by Dorota Masłowska, who is one of the most sought-after Polish writers at the moment and is also popular among film directors. Indeed, two movies, Snow White and Russian Red [+see also:
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by Xawery Żuławski and No Matter How Hard We Tried [+see also:
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by Grzegorz Jarzyna (which was initially adapted as a stage play and then made into a film), were also based on Masłowska’s writing.

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Terpińska is an emerging Polish filmmaking talent. Her short The Best Fireworks… Ever! was part of the Cannes Critics’ Week in 2017 and won the Canal+ Prize as well as the Rail d’Or. Terpińska also worked under beloved Polish auteur Wojciech Smarzowski (Clergy [+see also:
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, W2) as his assistant. Other People, which wrapped shooting in December after being forced to take a break of a few months’ duration on account of the COVID-19 restrictions, is now in post-production.

The cast includes Jacek Beler (as Kamil), Sonia Bohosiewicz (as Iwona) and Magdalena Koleśnik from Magnus von Horn’s Sweat [+see also:
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(as Kamil’s girlfriend). Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska and Beata Rzeźniczek from Polish outfit Madants (Park [+see also:
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, Charlatan [+see also:
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) produced the film in co-production with France’s Alcatraz Films, and Poland’s Moderator Inwestycje, Film Produkcja, Warner Bros. Poland, Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund and Abstraction Plan. The film is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The domestic distributor is Warner Bros. Poland, and the release is scheduled for late 2021. New Europe Film Sales handles the international sales.

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