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My Friend the Polish Girl

Ewa Banaszkiewicz, Mateusz Dymek

  • 87 mins

  • 2018

  • UK, Poland

  • English

Aneta Piotrowska, Emma Friedman-Cohen, Daniel Barry, Andy Abbott, Max Davis

  • Director of Photography: Michał Dymek

  • Editor: Mateusz Dymek, Matylda Dymek

  • Produced by: Ewa Banaszkiewicz, Mateusz Dymek, Sebastian Petryk

  • Music: Tara Creme

  • Screenplay by: Ewa Banaszkiewicz, Mateusz Dymek

  • Sound Production: Mateusz Dymek, Mateusz Adamczyk, Sebastian Witkowski

Director Bio

Ewa Banaszkiewicz, Mateusz Dymek

Director Bio

Ewa and Mateusz, both children of immigrants, are filmmakers based in London. Their films Come to Me and In a Land Full of Toys ;-) screened at Krakow Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival and won several prizes at Polish festivals, including Gdynia. Their experimental short BEASTS screened at the BFI London Film Festival and Clermont-Ferrand. My Friend The Polish Girl is their debut feature.


Katie (Emma Friedman-Cohen), a young American documentarian, casts a Polish woman in her film about the life of migrants in London after the Brexit referendum. Her only instruction as director to Alicja (Aneta Piotrowska) is: "Act as if I’m not here." However, as their relationship develops it becomes clear that all is not what it seems in Alicja’s life, and this would-be actor’s interest in both film and Katie deepens. The documentary soon becomes the narrative of a questionable game in which the two women challenge each other. [15]

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