Director Michal Marczak caused one hell of a stir at Sundance in 2016 with his beautiful blend of fact and fiction, All Those Sleepless Nights, and peaked the ears of every film journalist worth their salt. A lengthy document of a Polish 20-something’s coming of age within the neon fluorescents of Warsaw nightclubs, this certainly looks to be different than any other documentary you’ve seen in the past couple of years. That film’s finally hitting U.S. theaters this year, with a release in select cities April 7, and we’ve got a trailer to show you.
But first, here’s a synopsis provided to us by the distributor, The Orchard:
“Rising young director Michal Marczak defies the fly-on-the-wall traditions of observational cinema by carefully ‘casting’ his subjects and embedding himself in their lives. Here, he invites us into the world of Kris, an awkward 24-year-old who, after breaking up with his longtime girlfriend, is suddenly filled with a boundless sense of possibility. With his suave friend Michal leading the way, Kris embarks upon a nightly walkabout, experiencing Warsaw’s subway tunnels and manors, raves and house parties, beaches and industrial wastelands. As the two smoke, drink and dance with abandon, big ideas are as palpable as the romance and sex in the air. The arrival of the beautiful Eva opens Kris up to an even more intense and high-stakes emotional and physical adventure. Marczak captures each crystalline moment as Kris and Michal push each experience to the limit, adrift in the uncertainty and euphoria of youth.”
Though we recently slammed Michael Winterbottom’s most recent effort at making a movie like this, we have to say that we’re not opposed to this idea (as long as it’s done ethically, unlike the Catfish film that spawned the series of the same name), and that it could be incredibly beautiful. It seems like a good pairing with a Xavier Dolan (Mommy, Tom at the Farm) feature or perhaps late Terrence Malick. Either way, Marczak looks to be a really fascinating young talent, and we can’t wait to see this movie when it hits theaters sometime this April.
Let’s hope it makes its way to Boston, at some point.