DECEMBER 5TH (16.00)



Director: Bartosz Prokopowicz

Benek (Tomasz Schuchardt), suffering from depression and entertaining thoughts of suicide, meets the vivacious Lena (Agnieszka Żulewska, outstanding), whose free-spirited embrace of life turns him around; suddenly, the future seems bright. However, Lena’s attitude is revealed to be inspired by her cancer, for which she has decided not to undergo treatment. This resolve is pushed to the background when she unexpectedly falls pregnant. Drawn from the experience of first-time director Bartosz Prokopowicz, whose own wife was killed by the disease, Chemo is undeniably moving in its depiction of Lena’s decline, but it determinedly avoids the maudlin, instead celebrating the couple’s love.

104 minutes. Poland, 2015. Subtitled. Digital.

Notes by Kevin Coyne, Cinema Programmer at Irish Film Institute


Lena- Agnieszka Żulewska

Panda- Eryk Lubos

Dr. Sowa- Danuta Stenka

Grazniew- Anita Jancia

Dr. Konrad- Adam Woronowicz




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