Never Gonna Snow Again - IFFAM - 5th International Film Festival and Awards ‧ Macao

Never Gonna Snow Again
Poland, Germany| 2020 | 113’ | Colour | Polish, Russian, French, Vietnamese | English subtitle | Group: C
Director: Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert

Showtimes
2020/12/06 11:00

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Programmer’s Note

Ukraine-born actor Alec Utgoff electrifies Never Gonna Snow Again, a scintillating contemporary drama from Polish auteur Małgorzata Szumowska which she co-directed with her longtime DOP Michał Englert. Utgoff – channeling Terence Stamp in Teorema and a touch of Marina Abramovic – doesn’t say much as Zhenia, the masseur whose calm, charisma, muscular arms and magic hands mesmerize the women and occasional man in a wealthy housing enclave in modern-day Poland. But his hypnotizing gaze and solidly handsome face have a similar effect on us, and Szumowska and Englert, while gently mocking his rich clients and their empty lives, are also using Zhenia to hold up a mirror to ourselves. Peopled by a rich ensemble of kooky characters, the film is funny and frisky, but when they want to, the directors switch the mood with gorgeous poetic moments of visual grace.

MIKE GOODRIDGE

Synopsis

One grey, foggy morning in a large, Eastern European city, a mysterious man appears carrying a massage bed. The visitor uses magical, hypnotic techniques to get a residence permit and starts working as a masseur in a wealthy suburban housing estate. The identical houses are inhabited by an array of well-to-do representatives of the upper class. They seem to feel an inner sadness, a longing. The masseur, an attractive man from the authentic, exotic East enters their lives. He has a gift. His hands heal, his eyes penetrate the souls of the lonely women. Zhenia, for this is his name, will change their lives.

Director

Małgorzata Szumowska

Małgorzata Szumowska

Celebrated Polish director Małgorzata Szumowska was born in Kraków in 1973. After two well-received shorts, her first feature Happy Man (2000) was nominated ‘Discovery of the Year’ at the European Film Awards and her second feature Strangers(2004) was presented at Sundance and Berlinale; 33 Scenes From Life (2008), won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno. She later directed Elles (2011) with Juliette Binoche, and In The Name Of, which won the Teddy Award at Berlinale. She returned to Berlin with Body in 2015 and Mug in 2018, which won the Silver Bear for Best Director and Grand Jury Prize respectively. Her first English language feature, The Other Lamb (2019) was screened in Toronto, San Sebastian and London. Never Gonna Snow Again had its world premiere in competition at Venice in September.

Michał Englert

Warsaw-born cinematographer, screenwriter and producer Michał Englert is a graduate of the Cinematography Department at the National Film and Theatre School in Łódź, which is where he met Małgorzata Szumowska and they collaborated on the documentary short Silence’ (1997). Since then, Szumowska and Englert have made over a dozen documentary and feature films together, becoming a renowned artistic duo whose cooperation runs far deeper than that of most directors and cinematographers. Never Gonna Snow Again is their first film as co-directors. Englert’s other cinematography credits include Jacek Borcuch’s Lasting, Ari Folman’s The Congress (2013) and Etienne Kallos’ The Harvesters (2018)

Cast & Crew

Director Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert

Scriptwriter(s) Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert

Producer(s) Agnieszka Wasiak, Mariusz Włodarski, Viola Fügen, Michael Weber, Małgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert

Cinematographer Michal Englert

Production Designer Jagna Janicka

Editor Jaroslaw Kaminski, Agata Cierniak

Music

Costumes Designer Katarzyna Lewinska

Cast Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati, Katarzyna Figura, Andrzej Chyra, Łukasz Simlat

Production Companies Lava Films, Match Factory Productions

Distributor

World Sales The Match Factory

Michał Englert

World Panorama