Cleveland International Film Festival } March 22 – April 1, 2023 } Playhouse Square


Year: 2015
Country: POLAND
Run Time: 90 minutes


When a suicide victim he finds hanging in the park gets up and walks away, Prosecutor Janusz is unmoved. A widower whose daughter, Olga, became anorexic after her mother's death, Janusz has seen most everything life and death can do to the body. Olga's therapist, Anna, also has experience with the dead. She composes letters for them, channeling their messages through spirit writing. As Olga's illness worsens, Janusz begins noticing signs of a presence in his home, one that Anna knows is Janusz’ wife trying to reach him. With quietly disturbing skill, BODY tells a moving story of healing and loss even as it erases the lines between life and death and chips away at the walls we build to keep our minds and bodies safe. Add unsettling and cool observation, garnish with grim humor, and pepper with surreal imagery, and you have the old question of what are we and what will we become blended into a dark and gruesomely funny cocktail that will leave you shaken and stirred. (In Polish with subtitles) –C.R.

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George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
Reel Women Direct Award for Excellence in Directing by a Woman

Malgorzata Szumowska

Malgorzata Szumowska was born in Krakow in 1973. She has written, produced, and directed both documentary and narrative film.

"Happy Man" (2000)—26th CIFF, "Stranger" (2004), "33 Scenes From Life" (2008), "Elles" (2011), "In The Name Of" (2013), BODY (2015)

Jacek Drosio, Malgorzata Szumowska, Michał Englert

Michał Englert

Michał Englert

Jacek Drosio

Principal Cast
Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwała

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