In 1937, the streets of Warsaw are ruled by gangsters. One gang, led by socialist Buddy Kaplica (Arkadiusz Jakubik), counts Jewish boxer Jakub Szapiro (Michał Żurawski) as its top enforcer. Yet with the spectre of fascism hanging over his city, Szapiro has his own plans to climb to the top of the criminal underworld. Based on Szczepan Twardoch’s novel of the same name, The King of Warsaw is at once a brutal story of the corrupting influence of power and a loving homage to the multicultural Poland of the past.
The first two episodes of The King of Warsaw will be combined into a single feature lasting 120 minutes.
This screening will be followed by a pre-recorded Q&A with Michał Żurawski.