BREAD AND SALT
Tymek is a young pianist studying at the Chopin University of Music in Warsaw. He returns to his hometown to spend the summer break with his mother, his brother, and his friends from the hood. At the meeting point for the local youth, a newly opened neighborhood kebab bar, Tymek witnesses the spiraling tensions between his friends and the Arab employees, leading to a tragic finale. A film inspired by true events, cast with non-professional actors.
Damian Kocur is a Polish director and cinematographer, graduate of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice and a PhD candidate at the Lodz Film School. He is an author of internationally acclaimed short features. His last film Beyond Is the Day received awards for best short film at festivals in Trieste and Tehran, and the Best European Film award at the Clermont-Ferrand ISFF. It also qualified for the EFA nomination and was part of the New Directors/New Films program at MoMA in New York in 2021. As a filmmaker, Kocur pays close attention to the believability of onscreen emotions. His main goal is to show authentic stories and characters.
FESTIVALS AND AWARDS
Venice Film Festival – Venice Horizons Award – Special Jury Prize
Antalya Golden Orange Film Festival – International Feature Film Competition Award for Best Director
Cairo International Film Festival – Bronze Pyramid for Best First or Second Work of a Director
Cottbus Film Festival of Young East European Cinema – Special Prize for Best Director
BREAD AND SALT (ff.)
DIRECTOR: Damian Kocur
LANGUAGE: Polish, English, Arabic
CAST: Tymoteusz Bies, Jacek Bies, Dawid Piejko, Nikola Raczko, Nadim Suleiman, Nadeem Shalave
PRODUCTION: Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association
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