Saviour Square / Plac Zbawiciela (Poland 2006)

Saviour Square Saviour Square

directed by Krzysztof Krauze & Joanna Kos-Krauze, drama, 105 min, eng subtitles


This story really happened. A married couple in their thirties - Beata and Bartek, who have two children - take out a loan to buy a flat in Warsaw and decide to move in with Bartek's mother in Saviour Square until the flat is completed. The developers go bankrupt and the young couple lose all their money. Mutual grudges come to the fore, and conflicts from years earlier are dragged out.

Saviour Square is a true story showing the crisis in contemporary family life. The loss of a chance for a new flat, the lack of understanding between husband and wife and the enormous efforts made to fulfil their desires lead to the break up of the family. The film talks about the need for empathy, for an ability to discern and respect the needs of others and for love, which is – maybe – capable of overcoming most difficult, seemingly hopeless situations.

Toruń Camerimage 2006 (Main prize in the Polish Film Competition for cinematographer Wojciech Staroń and directors Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze)
Gdynia Polish Film Festival 2006 (Grand Prix for Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze; Award of the Polish President for "a special social sensitivity" for Joanna Kos-Krauze; Best Actress award for Jowita Budnik; Best Supporting Actress award for Ewa Wencel; Best Score for Paweł Szymański; Award of the President of Polish Television for Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze)