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Lessons of Love

Dir. Małgorzata Goliszewska, Kasia Mateja / Poland / 2019 / 72’


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Director: Małgorzata Goliszewska, Kasia Mateja
Screenplay: Małgorzata Goliszewska, Anna Stylińska
Cinematography: Mateusz Czuchnowski, Kasia Mateja, Tymon Tykwiński
Editing: Alan Zejer
Sound: Anna Rok, Jarosław Sadowski, Marcin Lenarczyk
Music: Marcin Lenarczyk
Producers: Anna Stylińska, Izabela Łopuch
Production: Widok, HBO Europe
World sales: Autlook Filmsales
Language: Polish



For decades, Jola did what was expected of her. As a mother of six and the wife of an abusive husband, she would put on her make-up and colourful clothes to pretend everything was fine. One day something breaks inside her and she finds the strength to leave her husband and start living life to the fullest. She hangs out with her girlfriends, dances in Café Smile, writes poems and songs. She sings about love – something she’s always dreamt of, yet never experienced. Unexpectedly, she meets Wojtek, who treats her like a queen. Will she be able to open up and embrace love for the first time? Especially, when she finds out that she has less time than she thought?


IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, Hot Docs, DOK.fest München, Moscow International Documentary Film Festival DOKer (Best Directors), Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival (“Zwierciadlo” Magazine Award, Lower Silesia Grand Prix), GZDOC (Golden Kapok Award for Best Feature Documentary), IDFF Flahertiana (Silver Nanook Award for Original Artistic Solution), Sydney Film Festival, Bergen International Film Festival, Budapest International Documentary Festival, New Zealand International Film Festival, DOC NYC


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Małgorzata Goliszewska
A documentary filmmaker with an artistic background. She graduated from the DocPro course at Wajda School in 2012 and POLSKA.DOC. She received a master degree in Multimedia Art. Małgorzata worked in the Department of Experimental Film at the Academy of Fine Arts in Szczecin. She works with different media, often combining documentary film and contemporary art. She directed several short films, two of which were screened all over the world at international film festivals. Her short “Type of Birds” was shown at IDFA, Sheffield Doc/Fest, Krakow Film Festival, Millennium Docs Against Gravity, New Horizons International Film Festival and many others.

Kasia Mateja
A filmmaker and photographer, a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland from the faculty of Film and TV. She’s worked as a director, cinematographer, editor, sound technician and producer. She made short documentaries and experimental films in Scotland, Ireland, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Mongolia. Her documentary “Silence on the Way to the Reindeer People” won awards at the festivals in Brazil, Romania, Portugal and in Poland. She conducts film workshops for disadvantaged youth.



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