New East Cinema/ My Friend the Polish Girl

Directed by Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek

My Friend the Polish Girl borrows from cinéma vérité and video bloggers to create a rare naturalism in style and performance. The demanding actor’s process and meticulously scripted dialogue result in a film that watches as an experimental documentary told through the eyes (and lens) of amateur filmmaker Katie: an American rich kid following Alicja, an erratic unemployed Polish actress. Set in a post-Brexit-vote London, Katie’s colonising, disruptive presence in Alicja’s life mirrors the treatment of migrants in the UK: Welcomed, used, then discarded. A raw, sexual, and visually brash fiction documentary.

★★★★  ‘One of the most thoughtful and stimulating films of the year’ The Movie Waffler

★★★★  ‘Treads the line between film forms with quite some accomplishment, and as such it’s often fascinating” The Digital Fix 

“The film offers a very smart reflection on the complex, slippery dynamic between documentary-maker and subject that is witty, disturbing, playful and formally fresh, and that constantly surprises the viewer” Pop Matters

87 minutes


Country of origin:
Great Britain

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