Before Twilight

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2008, 100 min.

Director: Jacek Bławut
Screenplay: Jacek Bławut, Jacek Piotr Bławut and Stanislaw Józefowicz
Cinematography: Wojciech Staroń
Music: Tomasz Stroynowski
Producer: Anna Blawut-Mazurkiewicz (Rhubarb Film Studio)
Co-Produced by: TVP S.A. and Toya Studios sp. z o.o. with financial support of Polish Film Institute
Principal Cast:

"Before Twilight" casts the greatest Polish actors, who once starred in ground-breaking films by Andrzej Wajda, Wojciech Jerzy Has, Marta Meszaros, Jerzy Hoffman, Tadeusz Konwicki, Filip Bajon and others. Their lives become part of the film, and the film becomes their lives, as they appear on the screen in the first fiction film by Jacek Bławut, who is known for his documentary films.

The conceit is that residents of the Retirement Home for Actors, who usually pass their time with trivial activities, decide to stage "Faust" by J.W. Goethe. The idea comes from a veteran actor and elderly gallant, Jerzy (Jan Nowicki – Best Actor Award at Polish Film Festival in Gdynia), who suddenly appears in their lives. His vitality and "Faust" rehearsals break the monotonous routine of the home, revealing passion, joy of life and dreams of true artistic pride in once-esteemed artists. It is a film about love, the passage of time and actors - their eccentricities and their dreams about appearing on the stage for one more, maybe the last, time.

Trailer (Quicktime)
Following the screening:Question and Answer session moderated by Sheila Skaff (Polish Cultural Institute, New York, NY)