Black comedy - Development 2019

A young man must battle against the absurdity of a small contemporary Polish towns decision to not save his brother, swallowed and still alive in the stomach of a visiting ferocious German crocodile

    • Year of production
    • 2019
    • Genres
    • Black comedy
    • Countries
    • POLAND
    • Languages
    • POLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • Small Polish town in the middle of nowhere. City board members attract Western investor - German owner of exotic animals collection for lease - in order to obtain EU funds for building a Tropical Park. " Jungle " is officially suppose to provide attractions, income, work places for locals and fame for entire region. In fact, the whole thing is a big scam and element of local political battle. Civil servant -Ivan, quietly dreaming about a seat in the Town Council,followed by brother - Simon and wife - Elena- goes off to construction site to finalize the venture and sign a lease contract for an animal. In a carefree atmosphere the Owner rambles about the new park's perspectives and hundreds of visitors coming to see it soon. Elena applauds his words while Simon listens puzzled. All of a sudden tragedy strikes, when the crocodile, awakened quite abruptly by Ivan, opens its jaws and swallows him whole, with the contract in his hands. To the surprise and relief of the family, Ivan survived, crocodile swallowed him alive, in one piece. A news-worthy scandal breaks out. Simon tries to save his brother. To his astonishment, while trying to save a human being out of a reptile's stomach, he hits a wall of absurd behaviors and ridiculous promises from bureaucrats, superiors and members of the Town Council. Some of them try to act as though nothing happened, others see the incident as a positive impulse for the local economy, some want to cut the animal open, while others' top priority is to preserve it in one piece. A compromise can not be reached. For the first time in his life, Simon faces the ridiculous and brutal reality, in which everyone cares only for their own business, and all actions are guided by money and power. Crocodile gets publicity. Owner triples his income and
      refuses to cooperate. Ivan, a wannabe politician, begins to look at the advantages of his situation. People gather in large crowds around him and hang on his every word. He's finally famous and recognizable. From the
      crocodile's stomach he starts spreading the ideas of reviving the economy, renewing the city, the country, the whole world. .The visitors begin arguing by the crocodile tank, starting numerous disputes and fights. The chaos spreads through the usually sleepy little town. Simon, taking the noble, but futile attempt to free his brother , clashes with reality, he always steered clear of . He must stop the string of absurd events, fight for normality and for his family. Story , told in a comical and original way , is a metaphor and at the same time attempt to present the reality of modern countries east of the Iron Curtain, the absurd of certain assumptions, hierarchies, institutions , but also the tragic condition of the political scene and the media.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Nov 01, 2015
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