GDYNIA: Borys Lankosz’s Dark, Almost Night, based on a bestselling fantasy crime novel by Joanna Bator, will screen in the main competition of the 44th Gdynia Film Festival, running from 16 to 21 September 2019.
When Wałbrzych experiences a series of mysterious child kidnappings, journalist Alicja Tabor shows up in town. After years of absence, the tenacious reporter returns to meet the families of the missing children and to solve a mystery which puzzles even the police.
The film stars Magdalena Cielecka, Marcin Dorociński, Roma Gąsiorowska and Piotr Fronczewski.
“It all started with a literary fascination. Reading Dark, Almost Night consumed me. I have purposefully delayed finishing the book for two reasons: firstly, I did not want the story to finish, and secondly, I was afraid that a story like this cannot end well, and I like happy endings. I want to believe that by striking this dark tone, the author is actually leading me towards the light that will give me a sense of hope and love“, director Borys Lankosz told FNE.
The film was shot in Wałbrzych between November 2017 and May 2018.
The film was produced by Leszek Bodzak and Aneta Hickinbotom of Aurum Film in coproduction with WFS Walter Film Studio, the Lower Silesia Film Centre, DI Factory and Dreamsound. The budget of 1.6 m EUR was partially covered by production funding from the Wrocław Film Commission and the Polish Film Institute.
Kino Świat released the film domestically on 22 March 2019, with 146,760 admissions until September 2019.
Coproducers:WFS Walter Film Studio (Poland)Lower Silesia Film Center (Poland)DI Factory (Poland)Dreamsound (Poland)
Credits:Director: Borys LankoszScreenwriters: Magdalena Lankosz, Borys LankoszDoP: Marcin KoszałkaMusic: Marcin StańczykProduction design: Katarzyna Filimoniuk, Jagna DobeszCostume design: Magdalena Biedrzycka, Agata CulakSound: Artur Kuczkowski, Kacper Habisiak, Marcin KasińskiCast: Magdalena Cielecka, Marcin Dorociński, Roma Gąsiorowska, Piotr Fronczewski, Jerzy Trela, Eliza Rycembel, Dorota Kolak, Piotr Żurawski