Call Me Marianna


Additional Film Info

Original title: Mów mi Marianna
English title: Call Me Marianna
Date of completion: May 2015
Duration : 75 min
Country of production: Poland
Language: Polish
Subtitles : English
Production company: Kalejdoskop

Synopsis & Trailer

Marianna is an attractive 40-year-old woman who has just sued her parents in order to obtain a sex change. Alienated by her mother and neglecting her best friends, she seeks refuge in a theatre group where she comes to make sense of her situation by rehearsing a play based on her past. When the days to the operation loom over her, Marianna kindles an unlikely romance with an older gentleman who offers her a ray of hope, but she remains confronted with the idea of losing what she holds dearest to her – her family – and she must face the chilling reminder of the sacrifices one takes to be themselves. Call Me Marianna, the opera prima by Karolina Bielawska, is an homage to freedom of identity and the unpredictable twists and turns life can offer.

16.05.2015.Warszawa . Rezyserka filmowa Karolina Bielawska . Fot. Albert Zawada / Agencja GazetaBorn 1978 in Zakopane, Poland. Graduated from the Wajda School in

Warsaw and in directing from the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television
Faculty at the University of Silesia in Katowice, Poland. Film etude “The End
of Summer” won The Golden medal of the Union Internationale du Cinema at
the World Independent Film Festival UNICA in Tunisia 2008, The Bronze
medal at the 49th International Film Festival Brno Sixteen for student film in
Czech Republic 2008 and The Golden Cat of Best International Fiction Film
at the 8th International Izmir Short Film Festival in Turkey 2007.
Documentary “Warsaw Available” won The Golden Hobby-Horse for the Best
Polish Film at 50th Krakow Film Festival 2010.


Directors, Producers and Crew

Directed by Karolina Bielawska
Cinematography by Kacper Czubak
Edited by Daniel Gąsiorowski
Sound by Jacek Pająk
Music by Antony and The Johnsons, Natalia Fiedorczuk
Produced by Zbigniew Domagalski


Krakow Film Festival, 2015 - National Premiere (The Golden Horn, Audience Award, Maciej Szumowski Award, Polish Audiovisual Producers Chamber of Commerce’s Award)
T-Mobile New Horizons IFF
Locarno Critics' Week - International Premiere - Premio Zonta Club Locarno
Message to Man IFF (Documentary Competition) - Grand Prix and Journalist Award
Queer Lisboa International Queer Film Festival (Documentary Competition) - Best Documentary Award
LET'S CEE Film Festival (Documentary Competition)
CineDoc Tbilisi (International Competition)
Filmfest Hamburg
CinEast Film Festival
fARAD Documentary Film Festival
Mix Copenhagen
Play Poland Film Festival
Chicago International Film Festival (Documentary Competition)
Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival (Competition)
Denver Film Festival
European Film Forum Scanorama
Minsk International Film Festival
Cork Film Festival
Black Nights Film Festival
IDFA (Best of Fests)
Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, India
DocPoint Film Festival
Göteborg International Film Festival
!f Istanbul Independent Film Festival
One World Human Rights Film Festival
Panama International Film Festival
Docs Barcelona - New Talent Award
Full Frame Film Festival - Charles E. Guggenheim Emerging Artist Award
Docaviv Film Festival - Best International Film Award, The Feodora Award for Best Director - Special Mention
Transilvania International Film Festival
Vilnius LGBT Film Festival
Seoul Human Rights Film Festival
Budapest International Documentary Film Festival - Competition