Jeszcze nie wieczór

Directed by Jacek Bławut

The film by Jacek Bławut portrays a group of retired actors living in an old people’s home in Skolimów, who are offered an opportunity to play a role, for the very-last time in the lives.

This opportunity comes from Jerzy, a cinema and theatre star (played by Jan Nowicki), who arrives in Skolimów to convalesce.  He is an incurable eccentric, who disrupts the stable life of the home residents. All the moreso because he talks them into putting on Faust by Goethe. At the same time, he is flirting with Małgorzata, a voluptuous woman (Sonia Bohosiewicz) working at the home.

A number of great Polish actors were cast for the film. In the film, you admire the talents of Beata Tyszkiewicz, Danuta Szaflarska, Irena Kwiatkowska, Nina Andrycz, Ewa Krasnodębska, Roman Kłosowski, Wieńczysław Gliński, and Stefan Burczyk. Their partners on the screen were two young actors, i.e. Sonia Bohosiewicz
(Rezerwat, Excentrycy, czyli po słonecznej stronie ulicy, and winner of the Zbigniew Cybulski Award  and the Polish Film Award  Eagle), and Antoni Pawlicki (Katyń, Drzazgi/Splinters, and Czas honoru/Time of Honour).

The film combines fiction and reality in a masterly fashion. Although the idea of staging Goethe’s Faust was invented for the purposes of the script, the old people’s home in Skolimów does exist.

The afore-mentioned great personalities of Polish cinema play themselves in the film.

“Okrąglak” in Toruń “plays” in a film again

In the scene of a stage performance in a prison, we see actual prisoners, who at the time were serving their sentences in the “Okrąglak”, rotunda-shaped prison in Toruń.

Trivia

  • Freestyle rappers are featured in a number of scenes in the film. They are not just any rappers, as they include Patryk “TikTak” Matela and Proceente. “TikTak” is one of the most-famous beatboxers in Poland. He is a co-organiser of the Polish Beatbox Battle, a pioneer combining beatbox with unusual genres, and author of the first book about human beatbox published in Poland. He runs ZegarTikTaka.pl, the biggest Polish website dedicated to this phenomenon.
    Proceente (his real name is Michał Kosiorowski) is a rapper from Warsaw. He is a member of Szybki Szmal hip-hop band. He has participated in numerous freestyle rap battles, for example in WBW and Microphone Masters. He runs the Aloha Entertainment music-production company.

Information on the film

Jeszcze nie wieczór / Not even the evening

Poland 2008, 96′

Directed by: Jacek Bławut

Screenplay: Jacek Bławut, Jacek Piotr Bławut, Stanisław Józefowicz

Music: Tomasz Stroynowski

Cinematography: Wojciech Staroń

Producer: Anna Bławut-Mazurkiewicz

Produced by: Studio Filmowe Rabarbar, Telewizja Polska – Agencja Filmowa, Toya Studios

Cast: Jan Nowicki, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Danuta Szaflarska, and others.

Selected Awards

The Gdynia Film Festival – The Silver Lions Award; the Gdynia Film Festival – The Golden Kangaroo Award of Australian Film Distributors for the Leading Male Character; the “Prowincjonalia” All-Poland Film Art Festival – “Jańcio Wodnik” Main Prize; the Lubuskie Film Summer – The Award of the Foundation for Polish-German Cooperation for the Best Polish Film; The Festival of Film, Painting, and Music in Nowogard – The “Laur Cisowy” Main Prize; the “Babie Lato Filmowe” Film Festival – The “Golden Debut” Main Prize, the Audience Award, and the Students’ Award; the Polish Film Festival in America, in Chicago – The “Golden Teeth” Award; the Festival of New Polish Films in Hanover – The “Hannoveraner” Audience Award; the Polish Film Awards  Eagles – nomination in the Best-Editing category; and others.

Important people

Jan Nowicki

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