Directed by Aleksandra Terpińska
Poland, France | ca. 100 min | 2021 | urban drama | Polish
An urban drama about Kamil, a wannabe-rapper who should be getting his life and career going but instead gets high, roams around the city and starts an affair with a bored, rich housewife Iwona. It’s a polyphonic story about isolated people dreaming of love in the big city.
Director: Aleksandra Terpińska
based on a novel by Dorota Masłowska
Cinematography: Bartosz Bieniek
Film Editing: Magdalena Chowańska
Production Design: Anna Marzeda
Costume Design: Weronika Orlińska
Cast: Jacek Beler, Magdalena Koleśnik, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Sebastian Fabijański, Marek Kalita, Beata Kawka
Production Company: Madants
Co-production Companies: Alcatraz Films, Moderator Inwestycje, Film Produkcja, Warner Bros. Poland, Mazovia Warsaw Film Fund, Abstraction Plan, Canal+
With support of: Polish Film Institute
Festivals & Awards
- Gdynia Film Festival – Awards: Best Debut, Best Editing, Best Actor – Jacek Beler, Onet Award – Discovery, Stowarzyszenie Kin Studyjnych Award
- Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival – FIPRESCI Award
- Seeyousound International Music Film Festival – Competition
- Burgas International Film Festival – Competition
- Atlàntida Mallorca Film Festival – Competition
- Jecheon Int’l Music & Film Festival – World Music Film Now: International Competition section
The freewheeling nature of the raps are so well-integrated into the narrative it makes me want to see Terpínska take on a Goodfellas-style (Martin Scorsese, 1990) movie. She’ll certainly be able to find the right milieu.
Other People is a cocky and raunchy social hip-hopera dressing the hollow consumerism, purposelessness, and poverty for the next-gen aesthetic mannerism – the rawness of Shameless (U.K. version) meets the fluid cinema formalism.
Winning best debut at Gdynia Polish Film Festival and the FIPRESCI Prize at Tallinn, Other People is making waves across Poland and Eastern Europe.
the film is mesmerising, like watching a reflection in a hall of mirrors. Terpińska’s debut grabs your attention and provides a strangely guilt-ridden pleasure, since all of the characters in Other People are just like all of us, only a little more twisted, shrunk or magnified.