Kris Rogowski is 40 years old, still at University and has just parted ways with his long-time girlfriend. His relationship with his mother Katarzyna is a loving one, albeit a relationship with a strong undercurrent of unstated needs and regret.
Everything in Kris’ life changes the moment his mother dies. Her will obliges him to disperse her ashes in Poland, the country of her youth. Kris follows the mission only reluctantly. In Poland, Kris meets his overconfident and unfaithful cousin, Pawel Rogowski and his pregnant wife, Weronika. As Pawel breaks his leg, it’s up to her to help Kris in his mission and drive him around in their delivery truck. From the beginning, there is tension between Kris and Weronika. Kris wants the journey to be over as fast as possible, while Weronika is in no hurry to return home. She uses Kris to make some last minute deliveries. Finally Kris wants to quit and go home. While at a rural gas station, Kris hears out of the speakers a song from the past that is sung in his mother’s voice. This song was an absolute hit in 1970. Soon he finds out that his mother left a lucrative career behind in communistic Poland to raise her son in a free country. Kris changes his attitude from then on. He wants to finish his mission and fulfil his mother’s dying wish.
During their trip, Kris and Weronika grow closer. Weronika admits to Kris that she knows about her husband’s constant infidelity, but is too afraid to do anything about it. Kris proposes to Weronika a life together and a loving home for her child, but Weronika stops him. She hasn’t written off a life with Pawel just yet.
Suddenly Pawel appears to get Weronika back home – he was worried, as she didn’t answer her phone. Weronika refuses – she wants to help Kris to finish his mission. She leaves with Kris, after his short, pitiful and victorious fight with Pawel. When Weronika begins to go into labour, they madly drive to a nearby hospital. Pawel also arrives there, full of sorrow. For Kris is clear, it’s time for him to move on. Kris discovers that he lost his mother’s ashes during the recent events. Despite this, he makes his way to the last stop, the Tatry Mountains, to complete his task if only in a symbolic gesture.
Two years later a cab stops in front of Kris’ house. It’s Weronika with her two years old daughter. Did she just come to visit him?
Studied film at Filmakademie Baden-Württemberg in Ludwigsburg, Germany and at Emory University, Atlanta, GA (Bachelor of Arts and History). Kirsten worked on features, shorts and TV movies as a director and writer. Her most known titles include DIE SAMSAS (2000), ÜBER WASSER (First Steps Award for a feature film under 60 minutes) (2001) and DIE WESTENTASCHENVENUS (2002). Co-writer of LIEBE UND ANDERE UNFÄLLE awarded with Audience Award at Funf Seen Film Festival in 2013. She has also an experience as a film editor.
Studied film the Directing Department at the National Academy for Film, Television and Theatre in Lodz, Poland. Former student of Krzysztof Kieslowski. Since 1983 works as screenwriter, director, cinematographer, producer, film editor and composer of film music. Guitarist and bassist with the “Incognito”, “Far Beyond” and “Downunder” rock groups. In 2005 Awarded Swiss Film Prize, Best Documentary for TOUT UN HIVER SANS FEU. The film was also awarded with SIGNIS Award and CinemAvvenire Award at Venice Film Festival in 2004.
His first feature WYMYK was awarded with the best debut at Gdynia Film Festival and Ecumenical Jury Award at Warsaw Film Festival in 2011. It was also nominated to Polish Film Award Eagles for the Best Script.
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