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Brute (Bastard)

Brute

Gerry Bruttecki, known as Brute, is transported straight from a London prison to the dreariness of the Romanian backwoods. He lands in a run-down home for waifs and strays. He is supposed to work as a handyman and look after the children, some of whom are physically and mentally handicapped. The home is run by the shady Sincai and the alcoholic doctor Babits who is aided by the nurse Mara. Soon after his arrival, an intimate relationship develops between her and Brute. The children, who are initially hostile to the stranger, soon regard him as a friend, and the twelve year-old terminally ill gypsy girl Elena falls in love with Brute. For her and the other children he becomes the personified dream of a better life. But the home is not the right place for dreams: children are sold for "adoption" to rich foreigners. At first, Brute just wants to get away. But Brute becomes a changed man, from the cool egotist to a man of action, when he sees how Elena and the other children put their trust in him as their supposed saviour.


Meciej Dejczer studied Polish Literature before taking a course in Film & Television Directing at the University of Katowice where he graduated in 1984. He served as assistant director for Krzysztof Kieslowski on Without End. His films include Junk Kids (TV, 1986), 300 Miles To Heaven (1989), and Brute (1997). Dejczer was awarded the Felix for Best Young European Film in 1989 and the Young Audience Award at Cannes in 1990 for 300 Hundred Miles To Heaven.
Category Feature
Year of Production 1997
Director Meciej Dejczer
Screenplay Cezary Harasimowicz
Cinematography Arthur Reinhart, Merian Prokop
Scott Stevenson, Apard Bondy
Michal Lorenc
Cast John Hurt, Pete Postlethwaite, Polly Walker, Til Schweiger, Anthony Higgins
Producers Leonardo de la Fuente, Lew Rywin, Edouard Douek, Claus Boje
Production Companies Boje Buck Produktion/Berlin, Heritage Films, Douek Productions, in co-production with Polish Committee of Cinematography, Filmproduction Agency, Canal+/Warsaw, Telewizja Polska/Warsaw, Tor Film, Warsaw
Length 90 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
 English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Sound Technology Dolby Digital, Dolby Stereo
Festivals Montreal 1998 (out of competition), Valencia 1998
With backing from German Federal Film Board, Eurimages
German Distributor Delphi Filmverleih/Berlin

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