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.
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.
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.
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.