Director-producer Malgozarta Szumowska discusses the role of production as one of the ‘crafts’ of film through her film, Body. Szumowska joined us for a ScreenTalk with producer Rebecca O’Brien following a screening of Body on Monday 27 February
One of Poland’s most prominent filmmakers, Malgorzata Szumowska works in feature and documentary film, often taking the roles of writer, director and producer. Her films have received many prestigious awards including the Silver Leopard for 33 Scenes From Life (33 sceny z ż ycia) at the Locarno Film Festival, the Silver Bear for Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival and a nomination for best director at the at the European Films Awards for Body (Ciało) in 2015.
Rebecca O’Brien has been an independent film producer for thirty years. She has produced seventeen feature films directed by Ken Loach, including Land and Freedom, Sweet Sixteen, Looking for Eric and The Angels’ Share. Both The Wind that shakes the Barley (2006) and I, Daniel Blake (2016) won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival. Her other producing credits include Bean, directed by Mel Smith, Princesa directed by Henrique Goldman and City of Tiny Lights directed by Pete Travis. O’Brien is currently on the boards of the European Film Academy and PACT and is a member of the British Screen Advisory Council. She runs the production company Sixteen Films with Ken Loach and screenwriter Paul Laverty.
Janusz is a weary coroner who faces the strangest forms of death every day. His daughter Olga is deeply unhappy and bulimic and Anna, her therapist, uses all kinds of alternative therapeutic methods, including communicating with the dead. These superb characters, subtly intertwined by director-producer Malgozarta Szumowska, bring lightness, tenderness and a great sense of the absurd to this black humoured reflection on mourning and loss set in contemporary Warsaw.
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The Craft of Film takes place from 22–28 February
With support from the European Commission Representation in the UK.
Part of Film in Focus, a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts.