Call Me Marianna
*Official Selection* - Chicago International Film Festival
*BEST DOCUMENTARY* - Krakow Film Festival
*BEST DOCUMENTARY* - DocAviv International Film Festival
*BEST DOCUMENTARY* - Queer Lisboa
*BEST OF FESTS* - IDFA International Documentary Festival
*GRAND PRIX* - Message to Man International Documentary Festival
*ZONTA CLUB AWARD* - Locarno International Film Festival
*CHARLES E. GUGGENHEIM AWARD* - Full Frame Documentary Festival, NC
“Call Me Marianna is a picture of ultimate sensitivity and respect for a fellow human being." - Adrej Wadja, honorary Oscar Laureate icon of Polish Cinema.
“Sensitive, intense and complex portrayal of a brave approach to life. The journey through life from man to woman in a dualistically dominated culture, the transformation from being a family man to the finally self-determined life as a woman throws an analytically inspired light on our society and unlocks the protagonist’s extraordinary inner strength.”- Krakow Festival Jury
"Bielawska weaves together a remarkably powerful account of this individual’s struggles — and triumphs — on the emotional road she travels to locate her own inner GPS and find acceptance among others." - Huffington Post
Marianna is an attractive 40-year-old woman who has just sued her parents in order to obtain a sex change. Confronted with the idea of losing what she holds dearest to her - her family - she must face the chilling reminder of the sacrifices one takes to be themselves.
Karolina Bielawska's film about freedom as the supreme value was made with a great sensitivity.
A word from Andrzej Wajda, Academy Awards Lifetime Achievement Laureate:
"The film's protagonist fought a bitter struggle against the world and, in spite of all the hardships, she won. The movie by Karolina Bielawska is a spirited documentary not only because of its topic but also because it is an extremely insightful portrait of the protagonist. “Call Me Marianna” is a picture of ultimate sensitivity and respect for a fellow human being. It is wonderful that young filmmakers can create so mature and lively movies."
75 minutes, in Polish with English subtitles.
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