Hattrick at Sundance! Borcuch’s third screening at the Sundance Festival is a gritty love story for our times

The film set in a Tuscany town stars (L-R) Katarzyna Smutniak, Antonio Catania and Krystyna Janda. Press materials

A Polish film has been nominated for the World Cinema Dramatic Competition at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, the largest independent event of its kind in the United States.

‘Dolce Fine Giornata’ directed by Jacek Borcuch, and the only movie from Central Europe to be included, will compete with 11 other productions.

Set in a small Italian town in Tuscany, the film tells the story of Maria, played by acting heavyweight Krystyna Janda, who’s family life begins to erode due to her unexpected relationship with an immigrant.

A veteran of film, this will be the third time 48-year-old actor-turned-director Jacek Borcuch has been screened at the Sundance Festival.Rafał Guz/PAP

The film’s producer, Maria Habior, called it “a history about the clash of a great creative intellect with current European fears”.

Promoting ambitious independent artists who focus on current global issues has become the Sundance Festival’s trademark.

‘Dolce Fine Giornata’ (meaning ‘sweet end of the day’) and focusing on the family, migration and the decay of democracy, fits right in with this trend.

Piła-born former model Katarzyna Smutniak, 39, has a string of top awards to her name.Stach Leszczyński/PAP

Jacek Borcuch (48), began his film career as an actor, appearing in The Debt, Samotność w sieci (Loneliness in the web) and several television dramas.

He turned to directing in 2000 with the well-received Kallafiorr. His ‘All that I love’ was the Polish candidate for the 2011 Oscars.

‘Dolce Fine Giornata, alongside ‘Lasting’ and ‘All that I Love’ ‘will be his third film to be shown at the Festival.

Film and theatre ‘Dame’ Krystyna Janda is best known internationallyher leading roles in films by Andrzej Wajda.Stach Leszczyński/PAP

As well as Krystyna Janda, the dame of Polish cinema (Man of Iron, Dekalog, Mephisto), the film also stars award-winning Katarzyna Smutniak who, known for her roles in ‘From Paris in Love’ and ‘Perfect Strangers’, divides her time between Italy and Poland.

The cast is supported by Italians Vincent Riotta, Antonio Catania, Lorenzo de Moor and Robin Renucci.

 The 2019 Sundance Film Festival will be held between January 24th – February 3rd.