Four Nights with Anna (image 1)

Surrealists rejoice. After almost two decades of acting and painting, the former enfant terrible of Polish cinema returns to Poland and the cinema.

Screened as part of NZIFF 2009

Four Nights with Anna 2008

Cztery noce z Anna

Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski

A consummately surreal enactment of obsessive, unrequited desire with a dryly indulgent take on romantic love from Polish master Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, The Shout).

France / Poland In Polish with English subtitles
87 minutes 35mm

Producers

Paulo Branco
,
Jerzy Skolimowski

Screenplay

Jerzy Skolimowski
,
Ewa Piaskowska

Photography

Adam Sikora

Editor

Cezary Grzesiuk

Production designer

Marek Zawierucha

Costume designer

Joanna Kaczynska

Sound

Frédéric de Ravignan
,
Philippe Lauliac
,
Gerard Rousseau

Music

Michal Lorenc

With

Kinga Preis
,
Artur Steranko
,
Jerzy Fedorowicz
,
Redbad Klijnstra
,
Jakub Snochowski

Festivals

Cannes (Directors' Fortnight), Toronto, New York, Vancouver 2008; Rotterdam 2009

Elsewhere

A consummately surreal enactment of obsessive, unrequited desire with a dryly ironic take on romantic love, Four Nights heralds the return after 17 years of Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, The Shout). He reveals his story cunningly and the most we should divulge is that it concerns a timid crematorium worker who drugs the woman of his dreams and creeps into her house to gaze at her while she sleeps. With its gallows humour, Gothic flourishes and its utter technical assurance the film recalls early Polanski and the fertile East European avant-garde of the 60s – with radically improved sound. Skolimowski acted in Eastern Promises and attributes his return to Cronenberg's insistence that strong personal expression can still prevail in the cinema. —  BG

“A darkly romantic tale of obsession that courses with surprising tenderness, perverse humor and ravishing surrealist images.” — New York Film Festival