Karol is an ordinary young man, living in the 1960s Cracow. Poland is under communist regime, times are dark and murky, while the city is empty and morose. After winning a diving tournament, Karol and his teammates go to a local funfair to celebrate his success. Karol leaves them and goes to take a piss behind one of the caravans. On his way back he discovers a body of a murdered boy, presumably the new victim of Red Spider, a terrifying serial killer, prowling the streets of Cracow. On his way back to the fair, Karol passes an ordinarily‐looking man in his 40s, wearing a dark coat and a beret, holding a leather briefcase in his hand. Karol is strangely drawn to the man, who turns out to be a Vet. He follows him and tries to get closer to the silent, mysterious man, whom he believes to be the infamous Red Spider. In the meantime Karol is approached by Danka – a slightly older photographer at the local newspaper. Tempted by love, fascinated by death, Karol will soon have to make the most important choice of his life.
- Award of the City of Wiesbaden for Best Director, FIPRESCI Prize - goEast FF
- FIPRESCI Award - goEast
- Filip Pławiak
- Adam Woronowicz
- Julia Kijowska
- Małgorzata Foremniak
- Marcin Koszałka
- Łukasz M. Maciejewski
- Marta Szreder
- Marcin Koszałka
- Krzysztof Komander
- Petr Ostrouchov
- MD4 SP. Z O.O.
Marcin Koszalka’s film eschews typical narrative tropes to produce a rich and atmospheric work that refuses to offer any easy answers.
A coolly compelling crime thriller that succeeds in holding the attention despite ignoring the genre's suspense-driven procedural rules.
An unconventional serial killer movie.
Marcin Koszałka (b. 1970, Kraków) studied sociology, cinematography and production at the University of Silesia in Katowice (2001). He worked as cameraman on several features. His documentaries were awarded at many festivals. His short DECLARATION OF IMMORTALITY won Best Short Documentary Award at KVIFF in 2010. THE RED SPIDER (2015) is his first film to have entered for the main competition at Karlovy Vary.