Pulsing with a raw energy (CARIBOU, Can’t Do Without You, throbbing in the background) All These Sleepless Nights garnered Michal Marczak the Best Director award for documentary at Sundance 2016 and success on the international festival circuit.
Consciously blurring the lines between fiction and non-fiction the film’s immersive yet episodic structure lets us into the life of 20something good friends Krzysztof and Michal over one year as they roam night-time Warsaw. The parties, their love life, the hedonism - what does it all add up to? Are there answers or just experiences?
Watch out for the pink bunny scene to test your reactions.
Drawing comparisons with the French New Wave and the style of Terrence Malick, the film observes Warsaw on the brink of new futures, refraining from comment but triggering comparisons between contemporary and previous generations. It is a bold statement that has courted debate about form, subject and truth with visuals that resonate, whatever your conclusions.
The film will be available as a part of BFI Player subscription from 6 - 27 May.