To Kill a Beaver

Zabić bobra, 2012, 99 min.

To Kill a Beaver (2012)

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Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Best Actor for Eryk Lubos

Camerimage International Film Festival
Best Cinematography in Polish Film Competition


Director Jan Jakub Kolski
Screenplay Jan Jakub Kolski
Cinematography Michal Pakulski
Music Dariusz Gorniok
Art Directors Urszula Korwin-Kochanowska, Paulina Korwin-Kochanowska
Producer Wieslaw Lysakowski


Eryk Eryk Lubos
Bezi Agnieszka Pawelkiewicz
Hadiszka Aleksandra Michael
Bezi’s FAther Marek Kasprzyk
Officer Mariusz Banaszewski

He is an obstinate man with obvious internal demons, a fact which provokes apprehension in those around him and an impression of inspiring indomitability. Yet despite his desire to be alone, a woman intrudes upon the quiet of his unspecified plans. His benumbed feelings, which the director illustrates through a world full of minor mysteries, typify Eryk just as precisely as his fit body and sharp vision. Eryk’s behavior and even his relationship resist rational perception, allowing the film to touch on fundamental questions of human existence, its instinctiveness, as well as how it is marked by specific experiences. These the director reveals gradually, offering multiple ways of perceiving them. Manic memories lead to manic actions, but they remain veiled in an aura of mystery concerning both their nature and moral justifiability.