The Erlprince
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    The Erlprince

    Krolewicz Olch

    Directed by



    101 min

    • English
    • German
    • Polish

    Drama, Thriller

    THE ERLPRINCE is the story of an exceptionally gifted teenage boy who has just started studying physics at university. He is working on the theory of parallel worlds, which he initially believes to be linked by light. He has an extraordinary mind and a wounded soul, which his authoritarian mother, who steers his life, is incapable of healing. Then a man appears in their lives and, as the boy passes from the hands of the mother into his care, a new order is established. Their torturous road forms a bond between the three central characters, but their shared happiness is not to last long. Approaching a solution to the problem of the passage between the worlds, the boy initiates a journey, setting his life on the scales…


    • Young Jury Award for Best Film - Gdynia FF


    Labels & Line Ups


    Stanisław Cywka
    Agnieszka Podsiadlik
    Sebastian Łach
    Bogusława Jantos
    Bernhard Schütz
    Kuba Czekaj
    Adam Palenta
    Daniel Gąsiorowski
    Bartek Gliniak

    Director's Statement

    THE ERLPRINCE is a film ballad illustrating the period of pressure, storm, oppression and abandoning childhood ideals in the life of a teenager on the verge of adulthood. It is virtually a primitive-style portrait of a young man looking for an answer to the most important question: the question about existence. Highly talented boy drifts between philosophical and physical science theories trying to figure out what life is all about. He sees the world through the eye of the soul and the heart; he sees more, as he is endowed with an incredible imagination. He is a romantic character who nobody wants to understand. The world around him is rational; everyone believes only in what they see, they perceive reality with the use of reason and senses. The boy’s being different fuels fear, his visions become terrifying to the people around him as they exceed common expectations. The lack of empathy becomes unbearable for him. Teetering on the brink between life and death the boy is capable of noticing things so much more valuable than the adults can see.

    His self-destruction is supposed to make people aware of the limitations that caused him to be misunderstood.



    Undoubtedly a piece characterised by real intellectual and artistic maturity.

    Dorota Hartwich, Cineuropa

    A dazzling cinematic style...sophisticated sound design.

    Alissa Simon, Variety

    Kuba Czekaj

    Kuba Czekaj


    I have always striven to 'step out from the screen' and have a physical effect on the audience. What I want is for them to really feel the mental and emotional states being played out 'up there’ and for their experience to be tangible, palpable.

    Kuba Czekaj is an award-winning Polish film director. His screenplay for his feature debut Baby Bump was one of the winners of the 3rd Biennale College Cinema program. The film also received a Special Mention in the Queer Lion competition at the 72nd Venice IFF. His next feature film, The Erlprince premiered at the 2017 Slamdance FF, and it was present at Berlinale the same year. The film also won the Young Jury Award at the 2016 Gdynia FF. Kuba is currently developing his new project: Sorry, Poland, which won Baumi Script Development Award and the Krzysztof Kieslowski ScripTeast Award during the 2017 Cannes FF.

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