Drama - Development 2015

Magda and Pawel discover Pablo Picasso’s drawing on the wall of their apartment. This incident, unexpectedly puts their relationship to the test. In order to save their marriage they both have to overcome their weaknesses and reveal deeply hidden secrets.

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Drama, Comedy
    • Countries
    • POLAND
    • Languages
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Writer(s)
    • Roman JAROSZ
    • Producer(s)
    • Roman JAROSZ (Alter Ego Pictures), Izabela IGEL (Alter Ego Pictures)
    • Synopsis
    • Magda and Paweł are a young married couple. When they move into their first flat in Warsaw they discover, by chance under the plaster, the drawing of the Warsaw mermaid, which was drawn by Pablo Picasso in 1948. Their old neighbour, Radomski can still remember Picasso’s visit.
      Magda can’t get pregnant. Before yet another appointment with a doctor she asks Pawel to undergo examinations to rule out his being infertile. Pawel refuses to do so – he has known for long that he can’t have children and he keeps it secret from Magda. Under the pretext of the drawing Pawel escapes from the real things towards fascination with Picasso and art in general – he falls in love with the drawing.
      They unexpectedly receive a lucrative offer to sell their flat with the drawing that has already become famous. Magda does not say no but Pawel does not want to hear about it. Magda goes on a photographic session. When she returns Pawel knows that he has been betrayed. Magda moves out and stays with a friend. In his life appears Pablo – a middle-aged man confusingly similar to Pablo Picasso. Pablo is an imagined character; he is Pawel’s alter ego. Pawel and Pablo play a specific game with each other, which in fact is Pawel’s conversation with himself in an effort to sort things out in his mind. Pawel does not know whether Magda betrayed him or not; such is his premonition but he has no proof. Magda has never admitted it. Pawel wants to find out the truth.
      Pawel frequently meets Radomski. The neighbour explains the circumstances of Picasso’s visit to Poland and also opens up to him and reveals the secrets of his life full of bitter irony, which in Pawel’s view resembles his own life more and more. They become friends.
      Pawel has had enough of Pablo. He no longer wants to be like Pablo Picasso; in a highly emotional moment he damages the drawing on the wall and gets rid of Pablo. Radomski donates his flat to Pawel and Pawel pays for his friend’s visit to the south of France. Radomski makes a journey, which is of a sentimental and purifying nature for him. Pawel decides to forgive Magda’s betrayal and admit to his lie.
      Magda returns to Pawel. After a year, somehow, they do have a child. Radomski dies they inherit his flat. On moving in they discover a letter from Radomski, in which he explains that their Mermaid was a copy, which he produced shortly after Picasso’s visit. They have the original on the wall behind the wardrobe in their new flat. Along with Picasso’s drawing their life is entered again by mysterious Pablo.
    • Partners & financing
    • Coporducers: Vue Movies, Soundplace, D35
    • Production schedule
    • August 2014 - September 2014 - principal photography,
      October 3014 - March 2015 - postproduction
      April 2015 - film ready
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Aug 01, 2014
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