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Scene from "Hope" (photo © Pandora Film)

When a deeply moral and well-respected art historian steals an invaluable painting from a church, righteous and fanatic Francis records the crime on video to blackmail the perpetrator. Much to the thief’s bafflement, the young man is not interested in money but demands that the piece of art be returned to its original place. The borders between idealism and madness blur when it is revealed that Francis’ brother is in jail and his girlfriend has to tolerate Francis’ bizarre self-afflicted tests of courage...

Stanislaw Mucha was born in 1970 in Nowy Targ/Poland. He studied Acting at the Ludwik Solski Drama School in Cracow, graduating with an M.A. in 1993. He then joined Cracow\'s Old Theatre. In 1995, he moved to Berlin and studied Film Directing at the \"Konrad Wolf\" Academy of Film & Television (HFF/B), which he concluded in 2000. His films include: the documentaries Polish Passion (Polnische Passion, 1996/1997), Back Home to the Reich with Bubi (Mit Bubi heim ins Reich, 2000), Absolut Warhola (2001), The Center (Die Mitte, 2004), Reality Shock (2005), and his feature debut Hope (2007).
Genre Drama
Category Feature
Year of Production 2007
Director Stanislaw Mucha
Screenplay Krzysztof Piesiewicz
Cinematography Krzysztof Ptak
Jacek Tarasiuk, Peter Przygodda
Max Richter
Anna Wunderlich
Cast Rafal Fudalej, Kamilla Baar, Wojciech Pszoniak, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Grzegorz Artman, Jan Frycz, Jerzy Trela, Dominika Ostalowska
Producers Reinhard Brundig, Raimond Goebel, Zbigniew Domagalski
Production Companies Pandora Film Produktion, Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop/Warsaw, in co-production with Telewizja Polska/Warsaw, Canal+/Warsaw, WDR, HR/Frankfurt, ZDF, 3sat/Mainz
Length 101 min
Format 35 mm, color
Original Version
Subtitled Version English
Sound Technology Dolby Digital
Festivals Moscow 2007, Karlovy Vary 2007
With backing from Film- und Medienstiftung NRW, Eurimages, Polski Instiytut Sztuki Filmowej, Filmfoerderungsanstalt (FFA), BKM
German Distributor Pandora Film Verleih/Cologne

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