Lodz Film School Presents 

The Lodz Film School, one of the oldest film schools in the world, puts special emphasis on practical work in its teaching programme. The school educates students in film art, television, photography and acting. The screening features a selection of students works from 2019-2020.

Halo Effect

The main characters of this film are residents of the Studzieniec youth detention center. It is an open facility, resembling a compulsory summer camp rather than a high-security prison. In places like this, the residents are not given sentences in years. They cannot leave until the day of their 21st birthday. They stay in touch with the outer world mainly by use of a landline phone in the supervisor’s room.

Orig. title: Efekt Halo
Director: Patrycja Polkowska
Country: Poland
Year: 2019
Duration: 14 min

A woman suspects her man of being unfaithful. What will be the result of constant fear and uncertainty?

Director: Natalia Durszewicz
Country: Poland
Year: 2019
Duration: 4 min
Bitter Herb

When wanting to stop breastfeeding a child, a mother in the old times would rub wormwood ointment into her bosom. Upon tasting the bitterness, the child would never desire for the mother’s milk again.

Orig. title: Piołun
Director: Maria Ornaf
Country: Poland
Year: 2019
Duration: 17 min

Family meeting. Lack of adult attention, upbringing mistakes, as well as unstable emotional ties and disrupted relationships, lead a small, bored, lonely boy to destructive behaviour from which there is no turning back. Tragedy hangs by a thread…

Director: Daniel Howlid
Country: Poland
Year: 2020
Duration: 19 min
Such a Beautiful Town

In order to confront her unfaithful partner, young woman embarks on a lonely journey throughout the city, which with each subsequent street becomes more stifling and unsympathetic. Terrified, she watches as the world she knew changes, and more dangers lurk around every other corner. The day ends up bringing tragic consequences.

Orig. title: Takie piękne miasto
Director: Marta Koch
Country: Poland
Year: 2019
Duration: 8 min

Summer. Heat. Buzzing insects. Obsession. Visions. Yoga. Peace enclave. Conversations and a mysterious man with his wife. Zofia knows his face and knows that he must remember her, but he denies. Water in the shower becomes boiling. The screeching of cicadas is growing increasingly louder.

Orig. title: Ukąszenie
Director: Helena Oborska
Country: Poland
Year: 2019
Duration: 24 min