PANIC ATTACK (ATAK PANIKI)
Directed by PAWEŁ MAŚLONA
DECEMBER 7TH (18.20)
Paweł Maślona’s blackly comic first feature mirrors the multiple narrative approach of films such as Robert Altman’s Short Cuts (1993) or compatriot Jerzy Skolimowski’s 11 Minutes (2015). Here, characters endure a variety of anxiety-inducing situations, from the married couple seated beside the passenger from hell on a bumpy plane ride to the woman suffering a painful meeting with her ex to the webcam model whose work is interrupted by a stream of unannounced visitors. As Maślona ratchets up the tension in each situation, he also proves expert at finding the humour therein, making for a film that will provoke laughter from viewers even as they watch through their fingers, cringing at the relentless discomfort of the circumstances in which characters find themselves.
100 minutes. Poland, 2017. Subtitled. Digital.
Notes on films by Kevin Coyne.