Between Two Fires

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Director: Agnieszka Łukasiak

Poland, Sweden, drama, thriller, 2010, 130 min

Marta and her daughter Ania leave their native country Belarus when they hear rumours about child trafficking. A refugee camp in Sweden becomes their shelter though it contains even more menaces than the country they left – including the possibility of being deported. Marta and Ania face many obstacles in the fight with the frustrating bureaucracy machine, but it is the only way their dream of having freedom and security come true. Between Two Fires is a gripping attempt to portray documentary reality through a fictional story. Director Agnieszka Łukasiak based the script on her own immigration experience, and that makes this film, grim it may seem, a triumph of humanity.

About the director:

Agnieszka Łukasiak was born in 1977 in Wroclaw, Poland. She is currently based in London and Stockholm. The director and her family left native Poland in 1984 and Sweden became their haven, sheltering as political refugees. After graduating from the Theatre High School in Stockholm and the National Film School in Łodź, she started making full-length documentaries. Her first work “Algeria: the Nameless War” (2003) amazed critics with its originality and travelled round lots of film festivals.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Agnieszka Łukasiak

Dir. of Photography: Hubert Taczanowski

Music: Antoni Łazarkiewicz

Cast: Magdalena Poplawska, Kamila Nowysz, Simon Kassianides