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Run Time: 100 minutes
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
After a wave of evictions sweeps the city of Warsaw, University student Marek and his mother suddenly become homeless. Shelters are full or closing and the government is unconcerned. Struggling to maintain his class schedule, Marek also struggles to somehow protect his mother. It is a daily effort to find safe refuge for the night. This is complicated by Koles, a stray dog his mother adopted and refuses to relinquish, even when it denies them shelter. Marek seeks help from a commune of dissidents, but their assistance comes with political strings. One day Koles runs away. The pressure to find housing is intensified by the pressure to find Koles. Slowly, in the city around him, a different kind of intensity is building and is about to explode. ONCE UPON A TIME IN NOVEMBER is the story of Marek’s epic bid for survival. When radical nationalists turn Polish Independence Day into a violent riot, Marek must fight for family, dignity, and the life of a little stray dog. (In Polish with subtitles) —C.R.
Tower City Cinemas
Thursday, April 12, 2018 at 6:10 PM
Sunday, April 15, 2018 at 4:40 PM
George Gund III Memorial Central and Eastern European Competition
Andrzej Jakimowski was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1963. He studied philosophy at the University of Warsaw and radio and television at the University of Silesia in Katowice. He is a member of the Polish Film Academy as well as a board member of the Polish Film Institute.
Squint Your Eyes (2002), Tricks (2007)–CIF33, Imagine (2012), ONCE UPON A TIME IN NOVEMBER (2017)
Andrzej Jakimowski, Kasia Kucia, Cezary Grzesiuk, Adam Bajerski, Marcin Kryjom, Radosław Drabik, Małgorzata Jurczak
Grzegorz Palkowski, Agata Kulesza, Edward Hogg