dir. Michał Kwieciński

The story in the film starts in 1941. The main protagonist here is Filip, a young Polish Jew. Together with his beloved Sara, they are preparing for a cabaret show, to earn money they need to support the family. During the première, Sara and Filip’s close relatives sitting in the auditorium are killed in a shooting that unfolds. Two years later, we find Filip working as a waiter in luxurious hotel in Frankfurt. Right at the heart of the German Third Reich, claiming to be French, he enjoys all the perks and benefits the world can providing, and there is no stopping him. A sequence of tragic events that soon occur bring the life in Frankfurt that Filip built so meticulously down like a house of cards.

The film is a based on a novel penned by Leopold Tyrmand.

Toruń portrayed as Frankfurt from the Second World War

The film was shot on many locations in Toruń. The following streets played in the film: Szeroka, Strumykowa, Panny Marii, Podmurna, Przedzamcze, Małe Garbary, and a number of selected spots in the Old Town. The wedding scene was shot in the Artus House Cultural Centre.

Release information

Filip, Poland 2022, 125’

Directed by: Michał Kwieciński

Screenplay by: Michał Kwieciński, Michał Matejkiewicz

Cinematography by: Michał Sobociński

Music by: Robot Koch

Production by: Telewizja Polska, Akson Studio

Cast: Eryk Kulm, Sandra Drzymalska, Caroline Hartig, Victor Meutelet, Maja Szopa, Gabriel Raab, Robert Więckiewicz, Robert Gonera, Bohdan Graczyk, and others.

Selected Awards

Gdynia Film Festival 2022: Silver Lions Award, Award for Cinematography, Award for Make-Up