Preview: My Friend The Polish Girl + Q&A

Preview: My Friend The Polish Girl + Q&A

classified 18 (CTBA)

Film

Please note: This was screened in May 2019

Director:
Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek
Cast:
Aneta Piotrowska, Emma Friedman-Cohen, Daniel Barry
Details:
87 mins, 2018, UK
Primary language:
English

Borrowing elements from cinema verité and video blogging, My Friend the Polish Girl follows an American filmmaker attempts to make a documentary about the lives of migrants in post-Brexit referendum London.

Wealthy American director Katie (Emma Friedman-Cohen) casts Polish woman Alicja (Aneta Piotrowska) as the protagonist in her experimental documentary. Her sole instruction? To "act as if I'm not there". Soon, however, it becomes clear that all is not what it seems in Alicja's life, and their relationship gets more and more dysfunctional and manipulative...

Raising interesting questions about truth and manipulation in filmmaking, this multi-award-winning film is a wholly inventive, raw and sexual look at power, control, intimacy - and the treatment of migrants here in the UK.

Followed by a Q&A with directors Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek