In the small seaside village of Naruszewo, where most inhabitants work for a Ukrainian oligarch, a journalist and a shipyard worker are dragged into a dangerous political action by their foster-daughter. Faced with these terrible consequences, the couple must choose: keep on housing this young woman, or turning her in to the authorities. Set in northern Poland not long before the fictional collapse of the European Union, Pax Europa is a personal, elliptic, experimental film which delves into our emotional drain and our society on the verge of a upheaval. Oliver explores a part of history that is both familiar and unknown to him, the history of Poland. Suspended in time, the film tells the stories of the heroes of yesterday thrown into our present struggles, thus trying to open new perspectives.
Oliver Adam Kusio is a German and Polish director, based in Berlin and Warsaw. He has collaborated with many film and theatre directors such as Rosa von Praunheim. In 2017 while he was studying at the Babelsberg Konrad Wolf film school, he directed ELA-SKETCHES ON A DEPARTURE. Selected by La Semaine de la Critique, the film gives a melancholic and radiant portrayal of a woman as she is about to leave to find a better life. Oliver Adam Kusio presented his feature debut project at Next Step 2018, PAX EUROPA. Following his participation at Next Step, Oliver will benefit from a 3 week-long residency at the Pop Up Film Residency in Bratislava, Slovakia, supervised by Matthieu Darras.