Knives Out

Six twentysomethings meet at a lakeside summerhouse. This is their first time getting together since high school. Some of them have started careers, while others have not. Some of them enjoy the pleasures in life, while others vent their hidden frustrations. The seventh character is a young Ukrainian named Solomia who works at the same company as one of the evening’s protagonists, Igor. Solomia is an outsider and is at times an object of hatred on the part of Hubert, who persuades the others, drunk and lost, to take part in an act of violence against the girl. “This is the first and still the only Polish film that attempts to diagnose the breakdown of democracy and the growth of xenophobia and nationalism in Poland,” says the director.

Director's Biography
PRZEMYSŁAW WOJCIESZEK is a renowned Polish film and theater director. His films have been awarded internationally. CROSSING EUROPE paid a tribute to Wojcieszek’s œuvre in 2013. Knives Out premiered at the New Horizons International Film Festival. // Films (selection): Głośniej od bomb (Louder Than Bombs, 2001; CE’13), W dół kolorowym wzgórzem (Down Colourful Hill, 2004; CE’13), Doskonałe popołudnie (The Perfect Afternoon, 2005; CE’13), Made in Poland (2010; CE’13), Sekret (Secret, 2012; CE’13), Jak całkowicie zniknąć (How to Disappear Completely, 2014; CE’15), Knives Out (2016)
European Panorama Fiction 2017
Przemysław Wojcieszek
Poland 2016
black & white
90 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Przemysław Wojcieszek, Michał Surówka
Cinematography Zofia Goraj
Editing Michał Poddębniak
Sound/Sounddesign Weronika Raźna
Music Filip Zawada
With Anastazja Borkoniuk, Ania Kończal, Natalia Łągiewczyk, Emilia Piech, Kacper Sasin, Michał Surówka, Lucyna Szierok
Producer(s) Przemysław Wojcieszek (Chłopiec, Ptak i Anioł, PL), Audiovisual Technology Center (PL)
Chłopiec, Ptak i Anioł
International Premiere
Weltpremiere / World Premiere
New Horizons International Film Festival 2016

Premierenstatus / Premiere Status
International Premiere