“Johnny” is a heart-tugging film based on a true story about how everyone deserves a second chance. When Patryk is given a chance by father Jan Kaczkowski, he does not suspect that this opportunity will completely transform his life. The main roles will be played by Dawid Ogrodnik and Piotr Trojan. These two actors will be joined on the set by, among others: Anna Dymna, Witold Dębicki, Maria Pakulnis and Marta Stalmierska. We present you with the poster and teaser of the film, which will hit the screens on the 23rd of September.
– I wrote this story to convince even the most depressed person that starting a new, happy life is possible even if in the most extreme and unimaginable circumstances. It is a story where life and love prevail. A true story – says Maciej Kraszewski, the screenwriter.
The role of father Jan Kaczkowski, who is a person admired by the religious community and atheists alike, will be played by Dawid Ogrodnik. Patryk Galewski will be played by Piotr Trojan, who has been repeatedly awarded for his part in “25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda”. Oher actors we will see on the screen include, among others: Magdalena Czerwińska, Anna Dymna, Maria Pakulnis, Marta Stalmierska, Witold Dębicki, Michał Kaleta and Joachim Lamża.
– Jan was exceptional because of his straightforward attitude towards religion, which, in his opinion, was mostly about having deep respect for other people and, what is even more important, about acting based on love towards another person – says Dawid Ogrodnik about the character he plays.
– As usual when playing real-life characters, the role is not easy, but Patryk is a fantastic character to play. A hooligan, criminal, student, teacher, chef, father, nurse. Patryk is composed of all these different roles – he is more than just a single character. The role, which seemed to be simple, turned out to be extremely complicated. It was full of significant changes and internal contrasts — comments Piotr Trojan on the character he plays.
The director of the film is Daniel Jaroszek, who up to this moment has carried out projects in the advertising industry. “Johnny” will be his first feature film. Daniel has three Advertising Creators Club swords for projects he has done with Papaya Films.
The film is produced by Robert Kijak (NEXT FILM). The co-producers include: TVN, Grupa Moderator Studio Filmowe, Warmia Resport, Rafał Różański, Visual Work Rebel Media, Dawid Podsiadło, Maciej Woć, Sebastian Kwiatkowski, Aneta Graff-Dąbrowska, Abstraction Plan, Dreamsound, Cineline, Maciej Kraszewski and Dobra Robota.
The film is made in collaboration with the family of father Jan and the Jan Kaczkowski Foundation.
The executive producer of the film is Festival Group sp. z o.o., and the distributor is NEXT FILM.
“Johnny” is a true story that inspires and touches people’s hearts. It is told from the perspective of father Jan Kaczkowski’s protégé – Patryk Galewski, a boy with a difficult start in life.
Patryk breaks into a house in a small town. He is sentenced to community service at the hospice in Puck, where he meets father Jan Kaczkowski, who is quite an unusual person. The priest engages young boys from the vocational school who seem to be tough and rebellious, into helping the sick. In his work, he focuses on intimacy, affection and the struggle to establish a connection with other people. He teaches empathy. And he does it with a great sense of humour, which gains him huge popularity. Shortly afterwards, father Jan becomes a patient himself. Patryk is put in a position that will change his entire life.
Starring: Dawid Ogrodnik, Piotr Trojan, Magdalena Czerwińska, Anna Dymna, Maria Pakulnis, Marta Stalmierska, Witold Dębicki, Michał Kaleta, Joachim Lamża
Director: Daniel Jaroszek
Screenplay: Maciej Kraszewski
Producer: Robert Kijak
Co-producers: Anna Waśniewska-Gill, Rafał Różański, Adam Gudell, Łukasz Niedźwiecki, Joanna Oziębała, Dawid Podsiadło, Maciej Woć, Sebastian Kwiatkowski, Piotr Modzelewski, Marek Czeredys, Marcin Kasiński, Kacper Habisiak, Tadeusz Król, Mateusz Szulc, Stefan Krzyżanowski, Aneta Graff-Dąbrowska, Agnieszka Rossa, Maciej Kraszewski, Marcin Perzyna, Agnieszka Porzezińska
Cinematography: Michał Dąbal PSC
Set design: Karolina Rączka
Costumes: Zofia Komasa
Make up: Liliana Gałązka
Casting director: Konrad Bugaj
Editing: Maciej Kozłowski
Sound: Sebastian Brański, Wojciech Mielimąka, Marcin Kasiński
Music: Michał Kush
Production manager: Michał Lipski
Line producer: Anna Orska-Olszewska
Executive producer: Marcin Perzyna, Agnieszka Porzezińska
Production: NEXT FILM
Co-financing: The Polish Film Institute
Distribution: NEXT FILM