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A nuanced and compelling historical drama and coming-of-age film, Summer Solstice provides a vivid portrait of the summer of 1943 in provincial Poland under German occupation.
The story unfolds through the eyes of two 17-year-old boys, the Polish railway worker Romek and the German military policeman Guido, who both undergo a shocking loss of innocence.
Appearing at the Montreal World Film Festival where it won the screenplay award, before its stops at Poland’s Gdynia and Germany’s Hof festivals, this impressive film from writer-director Michal Rogalski is a complex and provocative script with a keen visual style.
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