Walpurgis Night


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Additional Film Info

Original title: Noc Walpurgii
Date of completion: September 2015
Duration : 75 mins
Country of production: Poland
Language: Polish, French, German, English
Subtitles : English
Production company: PS Film

Synopsis & Trailer

In 1969, in Switzerland, a young French journalist visits an opera singer (Małgorzata Zajączkowska) in her changing room. Although he claims that he is only there to interview her, his questions pull the diva towards painful memories and confessions. The two enter an erotic-verbal game, which reveals the woman’s complicated story: a Polish Jew Holocaust survivor who started singing in La Scala after the war. Bortkiewicz has written a screen-blowing aria for Małgorzata Zajączkowska, one which enables the actress to reveal her talent to the fullest. The performance of Zajączkowska is accompanied by the music of Richard Wagner, quotations from Thomas Mann, and camera work by Andrzej Wojciechowski, who has managed to give this low-budget production a bit of the old-fashioned glow.

TG_150708_Marcin_Bortkiewicz_3039Marcin Bortkiewicz was born on January 27, 1976 in Slupsk, Pomorskie, Poland. He graduated from Andrzej Wajda Master School Of Film Directing. His documentary Early Learning was awarded Honorable Mention Award by the Jury of The Polish Competition during the recent 49th Krakow Film Festival.

Cisza I/ Silence I (19´, Poland, 2003) – segment director
Reguly gry/ The Rules of the Game (12´, Poland, 2004)
Nauczanie początkowe/ Early Learning (51´, Poland, 2009)
Portret z pamięci (25′, Poland, 2011)
Lewa połowa twarzy (11′, Poland, 2013)
Walpurgis Night (75′, Poland, 2015)


Directors, Producers and Crew

Directed by: Marcin Bortkiewicz
Written by: Marcin Bortkiewicz, based on the monodrama by Magdalena Gauer
Casting by: Piotr Bartuszek
DOP: Andrzej Wojciechowski PSC
Music by: Marek Czerniewicz
Production Design by: Katarzyna Sobańska, Marcel Sławiński
Costume Design by: Emilia Czartoryska
Make-up by: Małgorzata Majkut, Eliza Bergchauzen
Sound by: Agata Chodyra
Edited by: Piotr Mendelowski PSM
Cast: Małgorzata Zajączkowska, Philippe Tłokiński, Monika Mariotti, Mieczysław Gajda
Producer: Sebastian Petryk
Co-produced by: Kosmos Production – Ewa Turczańska, MX 35 – Mateusz Wajda, Studio Dźwiękownia – Michał Myśliński
Production Managers: Sebastian Petryk, Ewa Turczańska
Co-financed by: Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej


Gdynia Film Festival - National premiere
Warsaw Film Festival
Vilnius Film Festival