feature film – 30 min.

Ryszard lives in a sleazy joint and drinks heavily with his pals. Their favourite pastimes are watching TV, incoherent conversations and singing patriotic songs. On his 50th birthday, Ryszard decides to change his life. He stops drinking and goes to a job centre. Will Ryszard win his battle with alcohol? Will he become a “man” once again? Will he find the love of his life?

Written and directed by: Mateusz Głowacki
Director of Photography: Marcin Banasiak
Production management: Natalia Mieszczanin
Editing: Wojciech Janas
Sound: Marcin Kramarczyk
Production design by: Katarzyna Dobrowolska
Costume design by: Katarzyna Dobrowolska
Make-up: Izabela Szelągowska
Cast: Sławomir Sośnierz, Marek Sawicki, Marek Dziedzic, Tadeusz Wojcieszak, Henryk Sasiński, Anita Poddębniak, Anna Blaska, Mateusz Głowacki

Produced by: Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television at University of Silesia in Katowice (Poland)
Co-financed by: Polish Film Institute
Produced in: 2011




  • 4th International Film Festival „The Doors”, Gliwice, Poland (2011) – First Prize in the Student Film Competition
  • 5th Golden Anteaters Film Festival, Lublin, Poland (2011) – Best Student Film
  • 13th Independent and Amateur Film Festival KAN, Wrocław, Poland (2012) – Special Mention
  • 16th Festival of Polish Comedies, Lubomierz, Poland (2012) – Grand Prix
  • 6th Festival of Film Directing, Świdnica, Poland (2013) – Best Short Film
  • 12th International Independent Film Forum, Poland (2013) – Jan Machulski Polish Independent Cinema Award for Best Directing for Mateusz Głowacki
  • 1st Independent Film Festival QL, Zabrze, Poland (2013) – Special Mention