Directed by Marcin Krzyształowicz, drama/comedy, 104 min, eng subtitles, 16+
Written by Marcin Krzyształowicz , Andrzej Gołda
With Paweł Wilczak, Maria Sobocińska, Katarzyna Gniewkowska, Anna Ilczuk, Sebastian Stankiewicz, Wojciech Mecwaldowski
Rising from post-war ruins, Warsaw is a place where everything is possible. Ubiquitous uncertainty, denunciation and control are tamed by vodka and good company, jazz can be heard in the church basement, and an accidental meeting in the toilet with the First Secretary may end in unexpected intoxication. Mister T., a renowned author who lives in a meagre hotel for writers, knows all this from his own experience.
When social realism flourishes in the country and writers like Mister T. are deprived of their freedom of expression, to make a living Mister T. gives tutoring to young female students and becomes a mentor for his neighbour, a country man who has just moved in the hotel with a dream of becoming a journalist. The main character's life gains momentum when the authorities start suspecting him of evil intentions to blow up the Palace of Culture and Science. In this absurd reality, it will be difficult to remain serious.
Beautifully depicting the post-war reality of artistic Warsaw, in the fumes of jazz, with a high dose of humour and irony, Mister T. is the story of an extraordinary man and his struggle with an oppressive system. Inspired by the life of one of the most iconic writers of the Polish post-war period - Leopold Tyrmand.
Polish FF Gdynia 2019 (Main Competition, Nominee)