Cleveland International Film Festival } March 25 – April 5, 2020 } Tower City Cinemas

Once Upon a Time in November
(Pewnego razu w listopadzie…)


Year: 2017
Country: POLAND
Run Time: 100 minutes

Once Upon a Time in November
Once Upon a Time in November
Once Upon a Time in November
Once Upon a Time in November


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.

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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

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

Andrzej Jakimowski

Adam Bajerski

Cezary Grzesiuk

Principal Cast
Grzegorz Palkowski, Agata Kulesza, Edward Hogg

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Polish-American Cultural Center

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