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Black Mill, The

English title: Black Mill, The
Original title: Czarny Mlyn
German title: Schwarze Mühle, Die
Poland, 2020

Director: Palej, Mariusz
Production company: TFP TV & Film Prod., Heliograf, Rio De Post
Co-producers: Cafe Ole, Studio Produkcyjne Orka
Age recommendation: 10 years and up
Length: 100 min.
Film genre: Feature film

The black mill determines life in the village and employs many people. While watching a shooting star, Ivo wishes that his daddy would read him a bedtime story again. A few hours later his father is dead when the devilish mill goes up in flames. Ivo’s mother is full of worries that trigger premature labour. He grows up without his father and can never really cope with this loss. His mother has to look after her disabled daughter while Ivo roams the streets with his friends. One day, electrical appliances start to disappear and the gang suspects a neighbour who has been in prison before. But when rabbits voluntarily jump onto the motorway and birds fall from the sky, the youngsters sense that something terrible must have happened. Could the black mill be the cause? Ivo, his sister and his friends are on their own and set out to uncover the source of all this evil.

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Based on the bestselling novel by Marcin Szczygielski entitled “The Black Mill”. “The Black Mill” is one of the most popular contemporary books of Polish youth literature, the educational values ??of which are used by many primary school teachers. The book was awarded the Grand Prix and the 1st Prize of the Astrid Lindgren Literary Competition for a contemporary book for youth organized by the ABCXXI Foundation – All Poland reads to children.

Schlingel CFF Chemnitz 2020 (awarded), Just Film Tallinn 2020, Ale Kino! Poznan 2020 (awarded), FIFEM Montreal 2021, BUFF Malmö CFF 2021, Cinema in Sneakers CFF Warsaw 2021, Tromsø CFF 2021, Zurich IFF 2021, Riga IFF 2021, Filem'on CFF Brussels 2021, San Diego CFF 2021 (awarded), "Spirit Of Fire" IFF Siberia 2022

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