Director: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze

Poland, Drama, 2013, 131 min, polish with english and lithuanian subtitles, N-13

When a person is young,
In heart and hope,
The world opens easily
With any kind of key.

Papusza - the first Roma woman who put her poems into writing and published them, and therefore confronted the traditional female image in the gypsy community. The film follows Papusza’s (Jowita Budnik) life from birth to old age: arranged marriage as a small girl, her life in a gypsy tabor before, during and after second world war, then forced settlement in communist Poland and urban life in poverty. Her meeting with the Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski (Antoni Pawlicki), who discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was accused and rejected by her real family - Roma community.


2013 – special mention at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (CZ).

About the directors:

Joanna Kos-Krauze (was born in 1972, Olsztyn, Poland) and Krzysztof Krauze (was born in 1953, Warsaw, Poland) are Poland‘s leading film authors. Their first collaboration was “Debt” (Dług, 1999), directed by Krzysztof and jointly cowritten. The film was recently chosen as the most important Polish production of the past twenty years. Their films include “My Nikifor” (Mój Nikifor, 2004), awarded for best director at the Karlovy Vary film festival, and “Saviour Square” (Plac Zbawiciela, 2006). Altogether, their films have received more than 120 awards in Poland and around the world.

Section: Identity

Screenplay: Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze

Dir. of Photography: Krzysztof Ptak, Wojciech Staroń

Cast: Jowita Budnik, Antoni Pawlicki, Zbigniew Waleryś, Artur Steranko