“Our Folks. The Beginning” on February 16 will take viewers on a journey to the childhood and youth of Pawlak and Kargul, the heroes of the cult trilogy. This is a completely new story directed by Artur Żmijewski about events unknown to viewers in the lives of two families before fate threw them to the Recovered Territories. The author of the prequel screenplay, similarly to the famous trilogy, is Andrzej Mularczyk. The cast will include, among others: Adam Bobik, Karol Dziuba, Paulina Gałązka, Weronika Humaj, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Katarzyna Krzanowska, Mirosław Baka, Wojtek Malajkat, Anna Dymna, Janusz Chabior and Adam Ferency. Watch the film’s trailer.
Andrzej Mularczyk is not the only name that connects the new film with those from 50 years ago. The second one is Anna Dymna. – It was in ’73. It was my first role after college. I played Ania Pawlaczka. And now suddenly I got an offer to play a small part here. I don’t have time to take on such roles, but then I found out that the script was written by Andrzej Mularczyk and I was very friends with him. And I thought it would be cool. I will play my own great-aunt – said the actress on the set.
Adam Bobik and Karol Dziuba play younger versions of legendary heroes. – We were told in advance by Artur (Żmijewski – director) that we were not copying anything, that it was a separate film. It’s obvious that we refer to the trilogy, but we try not to copy anything. I watched all the parts very often and of course I’m not trying to recreate Kazimierz Pawlak as played by Wacław Kowalski, because it’s simply impossible, but I’m trying to acquire the characteristic features of this character. They are written down in the scenario we are implementing. What I mean is his feistiness, his fierceness, his fight for his own interests. This is what I was looking for in the character created by Wacław Kowalski, because he did it brilliantly and outstandingly, so it would be a pity not to use it – said Adam Bobik.
– For me it was similar – of course I watched old parts to look for inspiration, but not to copy Władysław Hańcza’s role one to one, because, as Adam said, it is impossible. We are different people, different authors – adds Karol Dziuba.
The script of the film “Our Folks. The Beginning was based on the book “Everyone lives as they know how” by Andrzej Mularczyk. He wrote scripts for films that became cult films. The inspiration for the trilogy and its prequel, which will soon be released in cinemas, were real events. The prototype of the character of Kazimierz Pawlak was Andrzej Mularczyk’s uncle.
Cinematographer in the film “Our Folks. The Beginning” is Piotr Śliskowski. Emilia Czartoryska was responsible for the costumes, Pola Guźlińska was responsible for the make-up, and Ryszard Melliwa and Marcin Dyakowski were responsible for the set design. The executive producer of the film is Krzysztof Łojan. Radosław Burdza is responsible for interior decoration. Jarosław Barzan is the film’s editor, Paweł Lucewicz will compose the music. The film’s producers are Tomasz Kubski and Mikołaj Fajks from the CK Dezerterzy studio. The co-producers are TVN Warner Bros. Discovery, NEXT FILM and Sanit Trans. The Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship, where most of the photos were taken, is a production partner. NEXT FILM is responsible for distribution.
OUR FOLKS. THE BEGINNING
Genre: comedy, drama
Pawlak and Kargul – the heroes of the cult trilogy “Our Folks”, before reaching the Recovered Territories, were neighbors in a village in what is now Ukraine. And even then it was an explosive neighborhood… “Our Folks. The Beginning” is a colorful story in which minor mischief is intertwined with life’s milestones. Characteristic characters combined with a great story in the background will take the viewer on a sentimental, but also thrilling and humorous journey.
Cast: Adam Bobik (Kazimierz Pawlak), Karol Dziuba (Władysław Kargul), Paulina Gałązka (Nechajka Słobodzian), Weronika Humaj (Mania Ziębicka), Zbigniew Zamachowski (Kacper Pawlak), Katarzyna Krzanowska (Maryjka Pawlak), Mirosław Baka (Ziębicki), Wojtek Malajkat (Priest), Anna Dymna (Pecynicha), Janusz Chabior (Wincenty Kargul), Adam Ferency (Uncle Pecyn), Agnieszka Suchora (Ziębicka)
Director: Artur Żmijewski
Photos: Piotr Śliskowski
Script: Andrzej Mularczyk
Casting director: Piotr Bartuszek
Scenography: Ryszard Melliwa, Marcin Dyakowski
Interior decoration: Radosław Burdzy
Costumes: Emilia Czartoryska
Makeup: Pola Guźlińska
Editing: Jarosław Barzan
Sound: Dariusz Stanek, Przemysław Kamieński
Music: Paweł Lucewicz
Executive producer, production manager: Krzysztof Łojan
Producer: Tomasz Kubski, Mikołaj Fajks
Production: CK Dezerterzy
Co-production: TVN Warner Bros. Discovery, NEXT FILM, Sanit Trans
Partner: Świętokrzyskie Voivodeship
Distribution: NEXT FILM