Papusza is one of Poland's most important films of the last couple of years, a film that stands out from the others in Poland, and elsewhere. “ Had I never learned to read, I would be a happy person”, Papusza, the Polish-Romani poet and singer famously told Jerzy Ficowski the poet, novelist, translator, scholar and propagator of Romani poetry and folklore. She was born in a Gypsy caravan in the first decade of the XXth century and was arranged to be married as a teenager to a man 25 years her senior. She met Ficowski (played by Antoni Pawlicki) after the war. The young poet, who was persecuted by the communist secret service for beating up a police (the then “milicja”) officer , joined the Gypsy caravan for two years. Thus began his friendship with Papusza (played by Jowita Budnik). He recognised her great talent, encouraged her to write down her work and made the release of the first volume of her poetry possible. Ficowski was also the cause of her tragedy – the Roma considered the book in which he described Gypsy customs a betrayal. Together with her husband (played by Zbigniew Waleryś), Papusza was cast out from the community. This caused mental disorders, and forced her into periodic psychiatric treatments.
Directed by: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
Written by: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze
DOP: Krzysztof Ptak, Wojciech Staroń
Color Grading: Krzysztof Ptak D35
Photographic equipment: D35
Special Effects: D35