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The Fear

Dir. Pawlina Carlucci Sforza / Poland / 2020 / 28’


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Director: Pawlina Carlucci Sforza
Screenplay: Magdalena Lubańska, Pawlina Carlucci Sforza
Cinematography: Tomasz Woźniczka, Nicolas Villegas, Pawlina Carlucci Sforza
Editing: Ilona Urbańska-Grzyb, Pawlina Carlucci Sforza
Sound: Katarzyna Szczerba, Sebastian Witkowski
Music: Jakub Szafrański, Pawlina Carlucci Sforza
Producers: Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuściński
Production: Munk Studio Polish Filmmakers Association, Agresywna Banda, Rentcam, Akjos Media, New Wave Film
World sales: Munk Studio Polish Filmmakers Association
Language: Polish



Witnesses of the crimes that took place in the post-war period, living in a sense of fear and shame, after more than 70 years decide to break the silence and tell about what they saw.
“The Fear” is a story about the social memory of the murders that took place after World War II in the Dębrzyn forest in the Subcarpathian region. Many people then returned from distant corners of the world, not expecting that they would be attacked by bandits close to their home. Thrown from the train, robbed and finally killed, they increased the number of people allegedly missing during the war. The inhabitants of the nearby towns knew about what was going on in the forest. However, they did not intervene because, as they say themselves, "they lived under fear".


Krakow Film Festival, Ogólnopolskie Spotkania Filmowe Kameralne Lato (Grand Prix - Golden Archer), Gdańsk DocFilm Festival (Special Mention), Młodzi i Film - Koszaliński Festiwal Debiutów Filmowych, International Documentary Film Festival OFF CINEMA


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Pawlina Carlucci Sforza
Director and screenwriter. She graduated from the London College of Communication - University of the Arts and from the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw. Her background also includes an education at the Warsaw Film School and at the Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti in Torino. She made her co-directorial debut with “Nie sądzić” (“Not to Judge”, 2017), which won the Grand OFF Award for Best Documentary and was nominated in the Best Polish Film category (2017). In 2018, it was nominated for the Jan Machulski Award for Best Director.



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