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Film Festival 09 - Four Nights With Anna

Four Nights with Anna

Cztery noce z Anna, Poland/France 2008, 87m
Director: Jerzy Skolimowski
Festivals: Cannes (Directors' Fortnight), Toronto, New York, Vancouver 2008; Rotterdam 2009

A consummately surreal enactment of obsessive, unrequited desire with a drily ironic take on romantic love, Four Nights heralds the return after 17 years of Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, The Shout). He reveals his story cunningly and the most we should divulge is that it concerns a timid crematorium worker who drugs the woman of his dreams and creeps into her house to gaze at her while she sleeps. With its gallows humour, Gothic flourishes and its utter technical assurance the film recalls early Polanski and the fertile East European avant-garde of the 60s - with radically improved sound. Skolimowski acted in Eastern Promises and attributes his return to Cronenberg's insistence that strong personal expression can still prevail in the cinema. - BG. "A darkly romantic tale of obsession that courses with surprising tenderness, perverse humor and ravishing surrealist images." - New York Film Festival
In Polish with English subtitles