By Grzegorz JARZYNA


First film - Pre-Production 2014

“Owl, the baker’s daughter” is a film adaptation of Marek Hlasko’s novel that tells the story of two lovers facing the troubles of life in post war era Poland. A contemporary film noir.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • First film, Drama
    • Countries
    • POLAND
    • Languages
    • POLISH
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 110 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Grzegorz JARZYNA
    • Writer(s)
    • Grzegorz JARZYNA, Maciej PISUK
    • Producer(s)
    • Synopsis
    • On the day of Stalin's death, a young journalist, Adam Sokołowski, who miraculously escaped secret police agents chasing him, runs away from Warsaw to "Recovered Territories".
      In Wrocław, he finds a room and a job at a car repair shop. Here, he takes over a part of duties of the company's owner, engineer Samsonow. He becomes, among other things, a driver to Weronika Rackmann, a beautiful widow, whose husband, a former RAF officer was arrested and executed by the communists. Obviously, the woman has not recovered from the shock - every few days, she goes to the prison where he was kept. Despite the obvious, she claims her husband is alive. Between Adam and Weronika a strange, tensed relationship builds. A dangerous incident, which forced them to use fictive, imaginary identities, starts a new stage of their strange relationship. Adam "impersonates" the young Edward Rackmana, hero of the Battle of Britain, who courts the beautiful Weronika after his return to Poland. This way, they recreate the events (or create their alternative version) preceding Weronika's husband arrest. The girl, however, interrupts the game each time Adam goes "too far". This ambiguous situation is suddenly changed by a mysterious "official letter" - having read it, Weronika provokes Adam. Adam is sure that is the official confirmation of the death sentence, which finally made the girl get rid of scruples. However, in the morning, after a night spent with Weronika, a surprised Adam learns that this is a letter from major Rackmann. Weronika's husband is alive - seriously ill is in a prison hospital. The girl demands that Adam (who, after all, has some literary talent) writes a letter for her - a letter to restore Rackmann's hope or even save his life.
      Adam perfectly completes this task. He keeps answering successive letters from Rackmann. At the same time, it starts to dawn on him that the girl is loosing control over reality and is not fully aware of who is her husband and who is her lover. Unconsciously, she controls their affair to relive with Adam everything she experienced with Rackmann before he got arrested (including the "suicidal attempt"). The feeling of paranoia is enhanced by the fact that Adam may actually find himself in prison quite soon. It looks like the secret service got wind of him: some people are following him, Samsonow's attitude is also suspicious. This threat however, makes the protagonist to become closer. In the face of danger all "illusions" vanish. Now it's all about their love. When in "accidental scuffle" Adam kills a secret police officer, both decide to leave Poland. However, Weronika does not come to the railway station as agreed. Adam arrives to her house and meets major Rackmann, who was just released under amnesty. Once again. Sokołowski has to pretend to be someone else: he claims he got this address from a classified - he is looking for a room to rent. Rackmann pretends he believes in this coincidence. Weronika pretends she believes that her husband does not suspect anything.
      Adam does not know what to do. He wanders about the city all night long. In the morning, he lands by the Oder river, where he and Weronika once pretended they would kill themselves together. To his horror, he sees Rackmann's car - a white BMW, in which he drove Weronika to prison many times. And then he hears two gunshots.
      Two dead bodies, still warm, are lying in the bushes on the river bank: Weronika and her husband, major Rackmann.
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2014
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