Skorpion Arte

Director: Marcin Krzyształowicz
Script: Marcin Krzyształowicz
Director of Photography: Arkadiusz Tomiak

Feature film
Production: Poland
Production year: 2012
Premiere: 2012. 10. 19
Genre: II WW thriller
Technical details: Colour. 96 min, DCP, HD, BR, 35 mm

Production: Skorpion Arte
Co-production: Orange, Production Studio Orka, Non Stop Film Service
Co-financed by POLISH FILM INSTITUTE, Cracow Festival Office
Distribution: Kino Świat
Worldwide sales: Attraction Distribution CA

It is late autumn 1943. A small sabotage team of the Resistance, ridden with disease and hunger, vegetates in the damp, autumnal woods, waiting for the next call to action. Their task is to coordinate difficult military actions, particularly the assassination of Nazis and their sympathisers. They are partisans devoted to special ops, only they are in need of some special operations themselves.
One of the soldiers of the unit, Corporal Otter, is ordered to kidnap a man from a nearby village, the informer Kondolevich. Otter is a specialist in carrying out death sentences on Germans and traitors, and Kondolevich turns out to be his old school mate. Having brought the informer to the woods, Otter discovers that his whole squad has been massacred, their throats slit. Otter is shaken by the sight, and Kondolevich takes advantage of the situation and escapes, only to die a few moments later. From this moment we slowly uncover the mystery behind the deaths of the partisans, the plot being told in a retrospective manner through the stories of a few main characters. They are: Lieutenant BLACK – the unit leader dying of tuberculosis; the informer KONDOLEVICH and his WIFE, the latter who was once romantically involved with Corporal Otter, and lastly ADDER, the partisan squadron’s nurse, who did not hesitate to betray her unit in order to save her sister’s life. Each one of these characters has an influence on the tragic fate of the unit, and Corporal Otter is the only one who can uncover the truth behind the tragedy. These main characters all have links to each other, links that are strong and intricate. Every event in this story has a meaning and an underlying psychological sense. This story is a harrowing tale of betrayal and revenge, of morality and guilt, punishment and a sense of honour and loyalty.

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SKORPION ARTE is a Polish film production company founded In 2008. We entered into film production with awarded „MY NAME IS KI”. (The Venice Days 2011, OFF PLUS CAMERA, Toronto FF). In 2012 - 2013 SKORPION ARTE produced “Being like Deyna” awarded by Great…


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SKORPION ARTE is a Polish film production company founded In 2008. We entered into film production with awarded „MY NAME IS KI”. (The Venice Days 2011, OFF PLUS CAMERA, Toronto FF). In 2012 - 2013 SKORPION ARTE produced “Being like Deyna” awarded by Great Jantar “Youth and Film” First Film Festival, “Heritage” by one of the most eclaimed director in Poland, Andrzej Baranski (48 IFF Karlovy Vary, 35 IFF Montreal) and “Manhunt” by Marcin Krzyształowicz, a psychological II WW thriller, which took main home awards in Poland: The Eagle Film Award 2013, The Silver Lions Gdynia Film Festival 2012, and OFF PLUS CAMERA “Making way” First Prize 2012. Our latest production is ALL ABOUT MY PARENTS, a comedy about journey to childhood in which through the colourful adventures and nostalgic observations a picture of a family going through its ups and downs comes to life.

 

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