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Directed by Borys Lankosz
Produced by Jerzy Kapuściński
Based on Rien ne va plus 
by Andrzej Bart
Starring Agata Buzek
Krystyna Janda
Anna Polony
Music by Włodzimierz Pawlik
Cinematography Marcin Koszałka
Release date(s)
Running time 90 minutes
Country Poland
Language Polish

Rewers is a 2009 Polish drama film with a fair portion of black humor, directed by Borys Lankosz.


This film is set in Warsaw in the 1950s, with a few flash-forwards to present-day Warsaw. The main character is Sabina, a quiet, shy woman who has just turned thirty, and lives together with her mother and her ailing grandmother. Sabina lacks a man in her life, and her mother tries hard to find a husband for her. The grandmother, an eccentric lady with a sharp tongue from whom no secret can be concealed, also gets involved. Successive admirers arrive at their small, but tasteful apartment in an antebellum house, but Sabina shows no interest in any of them.

One night, appearing out of nowhere, comes the charming, intelligent, and good-looking Bronislaw. Bronislaw is apparently interested in Sabina, and courts her, and Sabina falls hopelessly in love with him. But when Bronislaw reveals that he is a member of the secret police, and wants Sabina to spy on her boss at the state-run publishing house, things go from bad to worse to macabre. Sabina and her mother and her grandmother are fortunately up to the challenge, revealing a darker side to their otherwise affable personalities.


  • Agata Buzek - Sabina
  • Krystyna Janda - Sabina's mother
  • Anna Polony - Sabina's grandmother
  • Marcin Dorociński - Bronisław
  • Łukasz Konopka - Arkadiusz
  • Adam Woronowicz - Mr Józef
  • Bronisław Wrocławski - Director Barski
  • Błażej Wójcik - Marcel


Soon after its premiere, it became evident that this modest black-and-white film about Stalinist Poland (now a subject of research of film theorists as well as sociologists), was to become a box office hit, which in the Polish domestic market effectively competes with the biggest Hollywood hits such as Twilight Saga or 2012.

Pre-premiere screenings of Rewers at the oldest Warsaw cinema Wisła became the site of meetings of the Polish intelligentsia and “high society", renewing a forgotten Polish tradition of spontaneous post-screening meetings and film discussions. Rewers became a cultural event incomparable to anything which was previously known to the Polish public.

In conjunction with an Oscar promotional campaign, Rewers was shown in New York at MOMA and the Directors Guild of America Theatre.

Rewers was also very well received by American film critics as evidenced by reviews which appeared in Variety and Hollywood Reporter.

The Polish Film Academy nominated Rewers for the Polish Film Awards: Eagles in 13 categories, eventually winning awards in eight of those, among them the Best Film Award. Rewers set a new record for the number of awards granted, surpassing the previous record held by Roman Polanski's The Pianist.

Soon thereafter, awards began to appear on the international arena. Rewers received FIPRESCI Award at the Warsaw Film Festival; the St. George Award at the Moscow International Film Festival; as well as the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director at the Seattle International Film Festival. The decision of the latter award was articulated by the jury as follows: “Borys Lankosz’s Rewers succeeds its substantial ambition to tell the story of love, family, and loyalty in a brutal post war Warsaw. Uniquely, first time director Lankosz manages to deliver a highly stylized vision without sacrificing character, story, or performance. We are happy and honored to give the best new director award to this touching, thrilling, and deeply human film.”


The film won five awards at the 2009 Polish Film Festival[1]

Golden Lion

  • Best film (Borys Lankosz)
  • Producer of the best film (Jerzy Kapuściński)

Individual awards

  • Best actress (Agata Buzek)
  • Best cinematography (Marcin Koszałka)
  • Best music (Włodzimierz Pawlik)
  • Best supporting Actor (Marcin Dorociński)
  • Best makeup (Mirosława Wojtczak, Ludmiła Krawczyk, Waldemar Pokromski)

It also won the FIPRESCI award at the Warsaw Film Festival for the best Eastern European debut.[2]


External links

  • Internet Movie Database
  • Review
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