For many years Special Screenings have been organized at Camerimage. This section presents the most interesting out-of-competition productions from all over the world and is always one of the most attractive at the Festival.

11 Minutes

It seems that the world has never seen a film which would last for 82 minutes and have a timeframe of 11 minutes. Between 5 and 5:11 p.m., in one of the central spots in Warsaw, a mosaic composed of the fates of several people is created. It is more than just a stylistic exercise—it is a metaphor for contemporary life, which is extremely hectic, particularly in big cities, and often shaped by coincidence. The paths of the protagonists cross in an extraordinary climax.
Original title: 11 Minutes
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Cinematography: Mikołaj Łebkowski
Produced by: Skopia Film, Element Pictures, Home Box Office (HBO), Orange Polska S.A., Telewizja Polska S.A. (TVP), Tumult Foundation
Executive producers: Jeremy Thomas, Ed Guiney, Andrew Lowe, Eileen Tasca, Marek Żydowicz
Polish distributor: Film Point Group
Poland, Ireland, 2015

Bridge of Spies

The true story of an American lawyer who became one of the biggest and (until the film's release) least-known heroes of the Cold War. Bridge of Spies is a film about James B. Donovan, who after various events in the 1950s was appointed to negotiate the release of two American prisoners—one from the USSR, and the other from East Berlin. Loyal to his principles and trying not to anger any of the parties with unnecessary words or actions, Donovan had to gain the upper hand in a game which was deprived of clear rules.
Original title: Bridge of Spies
Director: Steven Spielberg
Cinematographer: Janusz Kamiński
Produced by: Participant Media, DreamWorks SKG, Marc Platt Productions
Polish distributor: Imperial CinePix Sp. z o. o.
USA, 2015

By the Sea

1970s France. Vanessa and Roland arrive in a picturesque seaside resort. The couple have been married for many years, but are facing the most serious crisis in the history of their marriage. Several encounters with the locals, who live at a completely different pace, and a blooming relationship with a couple of energetic newlyweds gradually make them get along better. But is it enough to overcome the differences between them? Will they be able to forget past traumas and start another chapter of their life together?
Original title: By the Sea
Director: Angelina Jolie
Cinematographer: Christian Berger
Produced by: Plan B Entertainment, Universal Pictures, Jolie Pas, Pellikola
Polish distributor: United International Pictures Sp. z o. o.
USA, 2015


Nurse David, who works at a hospice, does not have an easy life. His daily routine involves taking care of dying people for whom he is the last close person in the world. Making use of his endless reserves of empathy and partly hardening his heart to the pain connected with the death of subsequent patients, David seems to be a mentally strong man who has found his vocation. In reality, the carer needs to be taken care of himself, but is unable to ask for help. Chronic is a stirring film about the frailty of human life and the question of mortality which society refuses to accept and which everyone will eventually have to deal with.
Original title: Chronic
Director: Michel Franco
Cinematographer: Yves Cape
Produced by: Lucía Films
Polish distributor: GUTEK Film Sp. z o. o.
France, Mexico, 2015

Club, The

In the Chilean seaside town of La Boca, four priests experience the simple joys of life in the provinces. They watch TV, admire sunrises and sunsets, and train their beloved sight hound. Their little paradise is disturbed by the arrival of a fifth priest, whose behaviour reveals the true reason for the clergymen’s “exile” to this remote place. Each of them has performed immoral deeds which have been swept under the carpet by Church dignitaries. The antiheroes of The Club are forced to deal with a past which they would rather forget about.
Original title: El Club
Director: Pablo Larraín
Cinematographer: Sergio Armstrong
Produced by: Fabula Producciones
Polish distributor: Aurora Films
Chile, 2015


15 years after the premiere of Fidelity, its renowned director, Andrzej Żuławski, returns with his new feature film, Cosmos—a modern retelling of a novel by Witold Gombrowicz. The filmmaker himself calls the novel ‘a true gem; a sharp, perverse diamond’. The protagonists of both the novel and the film, two friends—Witold and Fuks—arrive in a pension located deep in the countryside. Their attention is drawn to a series of peculiar phenomena, which might be signs foretelling the arrival of something, that they are not able to comprehend.
Original title: Cosmos
Director: Andrzej Żuławski
Cinematographer: André Szankowski
Produced by: Leopardo Filmes
Portugal, France, 2015

Dogcatcher, The

The Dogcatcher is a black comedy which tells the story of a man who kidnaps dogs for ransom only to return them as their glorious saviour. One day he kidnaps a German Shepherd which turns out not to have an owner.
Original title: Hycel
Director: Daria Woszek
Cinematographer: Michał Sosna
Produced by: Cor Leonis Production, All Muses Sp. z o. o.
Poland, 2015

Félix and Meira


Félix is a broke atheist who is unable to find his place in the world. Meira lives in a conservative Hasidic community which suppresses all of her ambitions. They meet by chance and even though they speak different languages—he speaks French, and she speaks Yiddish—they somehow manage to establish a rapport. At first, they perceive each other only as a means of temporary escape from their bitter lives, but eventually they fall deeply in love. Will they be able to withstand society’s pressure and link two worlds which seem impossible to connect?
Original title: Félix Et Meira
English title: Felix and Meira
Director: Maxime Giroux
Cinematographer: Sara Mishara
Produced by: Metafilms Inc.
Canada, 2014

Inside Out

Riley is an ordinary girl who loves her parents and tries to discover the ways of the world in a more-or-less empirical way. When she is forced to move from the familiar and cosy Minnesota to the unknown and overwhelming San Francisco, her emotional balance shifts. Inside out tells the story of the half-dramatic, half-humorous battle going on inside the girl’s mind. Riley’s personified emotions—Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust, and Sadness—try to control her life and make her realize that change is the substance of human identity.
Original title: Inside Out
Director: Pete Docter
Cinematographer: Patrick Lin
Produced by: Pixar Animation Studios
Polish distributor: The Walt Disney Company Poland
USA, 2015

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

For the shy teenager Greg, going to school, which is divided among different and weird social factions, is all about survival and staying invisible. How can it not be that way if this is a brutal world which demands clear-cut identities? Everything changes when his neighbour, whose existence he neglected for some years, finds out she has leukaemia. Forced by his own mother to artificially bond with the dying girl, the poor boy rushes behind enemy lines to say a few words of comfort, or condolences, or whatever, and get everyone get off his back. What he wants is to stay invisible, and shoot no-budget shorts inspired by famous films with his friend Earl. However, Greg starts bonding with Rachel, and the dying girl makes him leave his social shell. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is a cinematic tribute to the weirdness of youth and the magic of moving pictures, disguised as a film belonging to the popular young adult genre, but ultimately becoming something entirely unique.
Original title: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Cinematographer: Chung-hoon Chung
Produced by: Indian Paintbrush
Polish distributor: Imperial CinePix Sp. z o. o.
USA, 2015

Muhammad: The Messenger of God

A story about the first twelve years of the life of the Muslim prophet Muhammad, spent partly in such cities as Mecca, and partly in the desert among Bedouin tribes. The boy, endowed with exceptional skills, journeys through the ancient world together with his guardians and starts treating people, becoming the protector of the poor and wronged. Word of his actions crosses not only geographical, but also religious borders. The first part of the planned trilogy which is intended to show audiences from around the world the true nature of the Prophet Muhammad. Muhammad: The Messenger of God is meant to unite, not divide.
Original title: Muhammad: The Messenger of God
Director: Majid Majidi
Cinematographer: Vittorio Storaro
Produced by: Nourtaban Film Industry
Iran, 2015

Once Again

Once Again is a film mostly about dancing, though it is not deprived of plot. The words are replaced by Stefano Terrazzino and Paulina Biernat’s dance. Through dancing, they tell the story of an older man who reminisces about his long-lost love. Once Again is set in the south of Sicily, and the music was composed by Abel Korzeniowski. 
Original title: Once Again
Director: Adrian Kilar
Cinematographer: Adrian Kilar
Produced by: Adrian Kilar
Poland, 2015


The story of four Hindu women who live in remote provinces and who, despite their young age, are considered to be lost by their society. They abide by the rules of their world and do not demand much from life—apart from simple joys and fundamental human dignity. However, they are very often deprived of that and treated as worthless objects by men. After certain events, they begin to feel a spark of hope for a better tomorrow. Parched tells their story in a realistic way, showing that there is a time in everyone’s life for personal awakening.
Original title: Parched
Director: Leena Yadav
Cinematographer: Russell Carpenter
Produced by: Shivalaya Entertainment LLC, Blue Water Motion Pictures, Airan Consultants
India, UK, USA, 2015

Perfect Guy, The

Miserable after a break-up with her partner of many years, Leah starts an affair with a man called Carter whom she meets by chance. At first he seems to be perfect, as he quickly begins to get along with her friends and family. One day, he suddenly shows his true colours, which makes Leah instantly end the short, though intense relationship. However, she does not realize that the man is a real psychopath who will stop at nothing to brutally destroy her more-or-less organized world. She begins to fear for her life...
Original title: The Perfect Guy
Director: David M. Rosenthal
Cinematographer: Peter Simonite
Produced by: Screen Gems, Rocklin / Faust
USA, 2015

Program, The

Lance Armstrong—a brilliant and charismatic athlete and cycling champion with superhuman stamina, or an amoral, but still brilliant, cheat who was responsible for creating an impressive myth that is far more attractive than any kind of truth? Stephen Frears’s film poses a variety of intriguing questions and thoughts on the legendary cyclist’s career and the money-fuelled world of professional sport, but leaves the act of answering them to each member of the audience. The Program depicts the most important stages of Armstrong’s unprecedented series of wins at the Tour de France, including by literally placing the viewers at the centre of the races: speeding through empty streets or storming the impossibly difficult mountain passes. It also makes Armstrong a modern version of the biblical Goliath, with the idealistic, stubborn, and truth-seeking journalist David Walsh serving as his David. This is both visually a stunning cycling action film and an ethical drama of staggering proportions.
Original title: The Program
Director: Stephen Frears
Cinematographer: Danny Cohen
Produced by: StudioCanal, Working Title Films, Anton Capital Entertainment (ACE)
Polish distributor: Monolith Films Sp. z o. o.
France, UK, 2015


Seventeenth-century England. Robert Merivel is a young doctor who has somehow found his way to the court of King Charles II, becoming one of his favourites. Fascinated by the new opportunities in front of him and an existence filled with pleasure and delight, he forgets about his vocation. However, the world of courtly intrigues and affairs is slowly beginning to overwhelm him, finally making him re-evaluate his life. As thick black clouds gather over England, Merivel will soon have the chance to prove that he has not forgotten his youthful ideals...
Original title: Restoration
Director: Michael Hoffman
Cinematographer: Oliver Stapleton
Produced by: Avenue Pictures, Miramax, The Oxford Film Company
USA, UK, 1995


A group of investigative journalists from The Boston Globe discover cases of child abuse in the heart of the Roman Catholic Church. Revealing more and more information, they expose the scandalous actions of the immoral priests and the horrendous behaviour of the Church authorities who try to protect them no matter what. They also stress the significance of the role of society, which perceives the clergy without any criticism. Spotlight is a film based on real events, telling the shocking story of the ways of the contemporary world, and produced in a manner similar to the typical journalist dramas of the 1970s.
Original title: Spotlight
Director: Thomas McCarthy
Cinematographer: Masanobu Takayanagi
Produced by: Participant Media, Anonymous Content, Rocklin / Faust
Polish distributor: United International Pictures Sp. z o. o.
USA, 2015


The riots of 1969 that started in the Stonewall Inn bar in New York inspired hundreds of young people to express anger at the discrimination practised by the US government. As a result, an American—and later on global—LGBT movement was born. Stonewall tells the story of these events from the point of view of a young boy who was thrown out of his home by his own father, who was not willing to accept his son’s sexual orientation. Among the colourful inhabitants of Greenwich Village, the protagonist not only receives emotional support, but also finds a new family for which he will be fighting to the last breath.
Original title: Stonewall
Director: Roland Emmerich
Cinematographer: Markus Förderer
Produced by: Centropolis Entertainment
USA, 2015

Talented Mr. Ripley, The

Tom Ripley is a young and incredibly talented fraud who specializes in impersonation. Due to a misunderstanding, a rich New Yorker offers him a large sum of money to go to Europe and bring back his spoiled son, Dickie Greenleaf. Truthful to his modus operandi and the mantra which he keeps repeating in his head—that it is better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody—Tom starts pretending he is the young spendthrift whom he was supposed to retrieve. He even makes friends with the real Dickie. Thus, Ripley begins to play a dangerous game which is bound to be someone’s downfall. The question is: who becomes the victim, and who becomes the oppressor?
Original title: The Talented Mr. Ripley
Director: Anthony Minghella
Cinematographer: John Seale
Produced by: Mirage Enterprises, MIRAMAX, Paramount Pictures, Timnick Films
Polish distributor: Filmoteka Narodowa
USA, 1999


An allegorical story about the conscious and subconscious exploration of self, reaching one’s deepest secrets, and discovering oneself through relationships with other people—through the roles we play in the real world, as well as those we undertake in our desires. Poetically, without dialogue, through symbols, music, and dance, Umbra tells the story of a lost girl seduced by the “bad touch”, a woman unable to free herself from it, struggling with the love for her tormentor. The film portrays the never ending pursuit of fulfilment and the way one succumbs to weaknesses and temptations, but also overcomes them, recognizes right from wrong, and finds the way to freedom by learning forgiveness. Umbra deeply penetrates human nature and exposes the senselessness of suffering—the lonely heroic battle—which puts one’s faith in love to a cruel test.
Original title: Umbra
Director: Urszula Nawrot
Cinematographer: Grzegorz Hartfiel, Oskar Kozłowski, Olaf Malinowski, Urszula Nawrot, Maciej Puczyński
Produced by: Copalfilm Urszula Nawrot, TVP2, Magic Production
Poland, 2015

Woman in Gold

Maria Altmann is an Austrian Jew who fled from Vienna just before the outbreak of the Second World War to find asylum in the USA. Several decades later, along with the young lawyer Randy Schoenberg, she goes into legal battle for the Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I, a famous painting which Gustav Klimt painted for her aunt. For Maria, it will be the last chance to retrieve at least a part of her family’s stolen identity. For Randy, it will be an attempt to understand his own background. Woman in Gold is based on real events and is about the universal value of art and culture, and the need to remember where we came from and where we are headed.
Original title: Woman in Gold
Director: Simon Curtis
Cinematographer: Ross Emery
Produced by: BBC Films, Origin Pictures
Polish distributor: Forum Film Poland - CC sp. z o. o. sp.j.
UK, USA, 2015