Co-presented with the Polish Cultural Council
Straight off the screen at the London Film Festival, this epic drama – five years in the making – about Roma poet Bronisława Wajs (called Papusza) evokes a lost way of life. Somewhat of a legend in Poland, her history is explored through striking black and white imagery. World War II saw the killing of some 35,000 Polish Roma (gypsies), while the post-war Communist regime forced the remainder to abandon their traditional lifestyle. This poetic and romantic narrative weaves her life story with Roma life in the pre-war period.