Plac zabaw, 2016, 85 min.

The Playground (2016)


Koszalin Film Festival “Młodzi i Film”
Grand Prix Great Jantar;
Actors’ Discovery forMichalinaa Swistun, Nicolas Przygoda, Przemyslaw Balinski, Karolina Czajka

Monster Fest, Melbourne
Best Director Award

BFI London Film Festival
Youth Jury’s Special Distinction

Warsaw Film Festival

Warsaw Film Festival
Best Directorial Debut


Director   Bartosz M. Kowalski
Screenplay   Bartosz M. Kowalski,
Stanislaw Warwas
Cinematography   Mateusz Skalski
Music   Kristian Eidnes Andersen
Art Direction   Marek Warszewski
Producer   Dariusz Pietrykowski


Gabrysia Wolska   Michalina Swistun
Szymek   Nicolas Przygoda
Czarek   Przemyslaw Balinski
Marta   Karolina Czajka
Little Boy   Patryk Swiderski
Gabrysia’s Father   Pawel Brandys
Gabrysia’s Mother   Anita Jancia-Prokopowicz
Szymek’s Father   Pawel Karolak
Czarek’s Mother   Malgorzata Olczyk
Pawel, Czarek’s Brother   Bartlomiej Milczarek


The final day of school in a small Polish town. It’s the very last chance for the 12-year-old Gabrysia to tell her classmate that she has fallen in love with him. She sets up a secret meeting and blackmails the boy to show up. But what was supposed to be an intimate talk spins out of control and leads to an unexpected ending. The film not only poses an obvious question of what lies behind the crimes committed by children but also of whether we are able to find an answer at all.

WARNING: Film contains some graphic violence.