19 October 2018

Ewa Bukowska, the director of “53 Wars” which premieres in cinemas today, has received the “Perspektywa im. Janusza Morgensterna” award for the most promising film director. The film was also included in the line-ups of two competitions at the prestigious Camerimage Festival: the 2018 Director’s Debuts Competition and the Polish Films Competition.

‘Awarded for the most promising debut to a director whose work has great potential and promise of progress in the future’ – the “Perspektywa” award substantiation reads.

‘It is a great privilege and honour to receive this award and enjoy this special distinction. To me, this award is a seal of quality received from an unusual woman, Krystyna Morgenstern, the wife of the great film director, Janusz Morgenstern. And I happen to know that both Ms Krystyna and the jury have set up quite exorbitant requirements. This award shows the promise and trust I have been given. All I can do is meet these expectations and start making another film right away.’ says Ewa Bukowska.

“53 Wars” is a story inspired by true events. Anka and Witek are a loving married couple. He is a war correspondent who spends the better part of the year at the heart of military conflicts. She spends her days waiting for him to come home. Anka tries to lead a normal life, but in time her fears for Witek start infecting her life like a poison. After he leaves for yet another war zone, she starts preparing for the worst.

The film is based upon a book by Grażyna Jagielska, „Miłość z kamienia. Życie z korespondentem wojennym” [Love made of stone. Living with a war correspondent], which is an autobiographical account of her relationship with a renowned reporter, Wojciech Jagielski, and her stay in a combat stress treatment facility (even though she’d never been in a war).


The film had its international premiere at the 53rd International Film Festival in Karlovy Vary in the East of the West Competition . The film was also presented at the Koszalin Debut Film Festival, “Młodzi i Film” [Youth and Film], where Magdalena Popławska was awarded a Jantar for Best Female Role and Ewa Bukowska received the Best Film award from the festival’s Youth Jury. Audiences of the 18th Nowe Horyzonty International Film Festival had the chance to see “53 Wars” in the Discoveries section. In Gdynia the film was amongst the contestants in the Different Perspective section of the 43rd Polish Film Festival. It was also included in the line-up of the CineEast Film Festival in Luxemburg as well as the Film Festival in Haifa. Soon it will be shown at the Tofifest Film Festival and at Camerimage competition screenings

Besides Magdalena Popławska and Michał Żurawski the cast also includes Kinga Preis, Dorota Kolak and Krzysztof Stroiński. The film’s director of photography, Tomasz Naumiuk, had previously won two awards at the “Młodzi i Film” [Youth and Film] Festival in Koszalin (for “Amok” and “Disco Polo”). It was edited by Agnieszka Glińska (“Panic Attack”, “Communion”, “11 Minutes”, “Jeziorak”, “Polskie gówno” [“Polish Crap”], “Yuma”). The film was produced by Munk Studio-SFP, the producer of such films as “Fear of Falling”, “The Erlprince”, or the rather famous “Silent Night”.