Parasite

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    Parasite

    Huba

    Directed by

    Poland

    2014

    66 min

    • Polish

    Drama

    An old man who bears the scars of a life of factory work. A woman, alone apart from her small baby, who moves in with him. The film sketches out the day-to-day lives of the three of them, taking in their cramped quarters and mutual dependency, thrown back on bare existence. The camera records and stages in equal measure: three bodies at the beginning of life, at its end and somewhere in between. Need, self-sacrifice, decline. And again and again, the inescapable necessity to eat. Along with the infant’s cries, the only sounds to pierce their otherwise wordless life together are those of smacking lips, slurping and chewing, which together with the noises of their surrounding environment build to a tense crescendo. Finally, a nocturnal foray out into life, a moment of great intimacy and a brief sense of release. Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal, two of the most interesting artists working in Poland today, made their third feature-length film with an actress and a man who’d never acted before. Its aesthetic radicalism and almost unbearable immediacy are of a strange and tender beauty.

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    Credits

    Cast
    Joanna Drozda
    Jerzy Gajlikowski
    Wojtek Slowik
    Screenplay
    Anka Sasnal
    Wilhelm Sasnal
    Cinematography
    Wilhelm Sasnal
    Editing
    Beata Walentowska
    Production
    FILMPOLIS
    Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal

    Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal

    Poland

    What I think is important is not to distinguish history from the present day – it has a continuity and an influence on our life these days.

    Both born in Tarnów, Poland, Anka Sasnal and Wilhelm Sasnal have signed numerous films together including SWINEHERD (2008), IT LOOKS PRETTY FROM A DISTANCE (2011), which was selected in Rotterdam, ALEKSANDER (2013) and PARASITE (2014).

    Selected Filmography