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    PRICELESS

    Poland, the present day. When Adam and Marek, a same-sex couple, hired a surrogate

    to give birth to their baby, they thought their dream was finally coming true. But soon after

    they sign the contract with Ewa, the surrogate mother, Marek, the sperm donor and the

    child’s biological father, is diagnosed with cancer. As he begins the fight for his life, his child is

    slowly growing in Ewa’s womb. We meet the protagonists on the day of the labor. After nine

    months of waiting for the birth of their daughter, Marek is a shadow of a man, consumed by

    the disease, devoid of hope. Adam is confident that the arrival of their child will give his

    partner the strength to go on fighting and that they will finally become a happy family in the

    country increasingly torn by conservatism and intolerance.

    But the newborn girl is also the hope for a new life for yet another man – Robert,

    Ewa’s husband. Since, on paper, he is the girl’s father and the only breadwinner in the

    growing family, he is released from jail. But the family has long since broke off any contact

    with him. His criminal life has destroyed Robert’s relationship with Ewa and their son Łukasz,

    whom he never got to raise him, having been locked up in prison. Now Robert is prepared to

    make up for his mistakes. Even though the girl is not his, Robert wants to raise her as his own,

    get his family back and start a new, honest life. He forces his wife to break the deal with Adam

    and Marek and keep the baby. Adam offers to pay the couple even more to keep their

    promise, but when Robert finds out about the sexual orientation of the future dads, he

    refuses to give the girl away. As a conservative guy, whose only language is violence, he

    decides to fight Adam for the parental rights. Marek’s deteriorating condition makes Adam

    even more desperate. None of the men is prepared to give up fighting for their happiness.

    October 11, 2017

    Poland

    Piotr Domalewski

    Film director, screenwriter and actor.

    Laureate of the Munk Studio’s prestigious 30′ programme which supports outstanding young filmmakers. His short films have won awards at various festivals across Europe. He is also a playwright. His play  FIVE SQUARE METERS  has been awarded at the Metafory Rzeczywistostości Contest, a National competition for playwrights. His film  STRANGER  has won Grand Prix at the International Film Festival Cinemaforum in Warsaw.

    His feature debut SILENT NIGHT  will premiere at the 42nd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia this year.

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