„The Land” is a film composed of six comedy-dramas which show contemporary Poland with a pinch of salt. Each would work well as a separate story, but together they make a cohesive completeness. All are based on seemingly mundane situations that take a perverse turn, driving the characters to the brink of endurance.
Still from the film "The Land" - episode: "Polacy na drodze" - dir. Maciej Ślesicki (Photo: Dóra László-Gulyás)
In the first part of the film we are introduced to the frustrated traffic policeman who is angry about drivers in Poland. When a dangerous driver appears on the road, a police officer decides to carry out a private vendetta against him. It turns out that the protagonist's family died in a car accident caused by a traffic pirate.
Still from the film "The Land" - episode: "Supermarket" - dir. Mateusz Motyka (Photo: J. Adamski)
The second part of the film is about a worker who loses his child in a supermarket while fighting for his parental rights. He soon discovers that his daughter has been kidnapped by an elegantly dressed woman. Unfortunately, no one believes the baby is his. The protagonist will stop at nothing to get them back.
Still from the film "The Land" - episode: "Rodzinna Firma" - dir. Maciej Ślesicki (Photo: Michał Sierszak)
Another episode tells the story of a mother who is the chief accountant of the family business. When she is suddenly hospitalized, father and son must face an impending financial audit alone. Although the accounting is well done, the auditors decide to scare the family for their own amusement.
Still from the film "The Land" - dir. Veronica Andersson (Photo: Dóra László-Gulyás)
The next chapter of the film is set in a contemporary art gallery. The superintendent has a breakdown when the principal's place is taken by her ex-lover. A man orders radical changes to an exhibition she has planned, which drives her to the brink of emotional endurance.'
Still from the film "The Land" - episode: Mieszkanie" - dir. Filip Hillesland (Photo: J. Adamski)
The penultimate part of the film is about an infertile couple who can't get rid of a non-paying tenant with a child. In desperation, they come up with a perverse idea: the husband will move into a rented apartment to make the woman's life miserable. Unexpectedly, a man starts an affair with her and discovers that the young woman is mentally unstable. The wife gives her husband a dramatic ultimatum.
Still from the film "The Land" - episode: "Sylwester" - dir. Maciej Ślesicki (Photo: Michał Sierszak)
In the final scene we meet two families living in the neighbourhood who are celebrating New Year's Eve. As the two wives' affairs come to the surface with the alcohol consumed, and the husbands begin to vent their frustrations, an explosion is imminent. . not just fireworks.
The film was directed by Veronica Andersson, Filip Hillesland, Mateusz Motyka - alumni of the Warsaw Film School and Chancellor of WFS - Maciej Ślesicki. They have prepared for the audience a story full of unexpected twists and black humour that will evoke astonishment and horror, interwoven with salvos of laughter.
Students of the Warsaw Film School were involved in the project in all fields and stages of production. Under the supervision of experienced coordinators Maciej Ślesicki, Andrzej Wolf, Marek Brodzki and Zbigniew Niciński, together with professionals from the film industry, they created a picture that is a voice that unites generations in the debate on contemporary Poland.