On Monday, 17 December 2018, the Historical Film Club at the Natolin campus organised a screening of the black comedy “Rewers” (Reverse), depicting the darkest period of Stalinism in a highly unconventional way. After the movie, participants had the occasion to meet with the director Borys LANKOSZ, one of the most talented Polish filmmakers of the new generation.
Soon after its premiere, it became evident that this modest black and white film about Stalinist Poland (now a subject of research of film theorists as well as sociologists), was to become a box office hit. “Rewers”, set in the present and in 1950s Warsaw, tells the story of Sabina, a quiet, shy woman who has just turned thirty. Her meeting with charming Bronislaw will spark off a series of unexpected events revealing the darker side of the women's nature.
The Polish Film Academy nominated "Rewers" for the Polish Film Awards Eagles in 13 categories, eventually winning awards in eight of those, among them the Best Film Award. Soon thereafter, the film also was rewarded at the international level. "Rewers" received FIPRESCI Award at the Warsaw Film Festival, the St. George Award at the Moscow International Film Festival, as well as the Grand Jury Prize for Best New Director at the Seattle International Film Festival.