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All These Sleepless Nights

Michal Marczak won a Directing Award at Sundance 2016 for this immersive profile of two twentysomethings as they roam night-time Warsaw, shot over the course of a year.

Documentary 2016 103 mins Not rated

Director: Michal Marczak


Pulsing with a raw energy (CARIBOU's Can’t Do Without You, throbbing in the background) All These Sleepless Nights garnered Michal Marczak the Directing Award: World Cinema Documentary at Sundance 2016 and further success on the international festival circuit. Consciously blurring the lines between fiction and non-fiction the film’s immersive yet episodic structure lets us into the life of twentysomething friends Krzysztof and Michal over one year, as they roam night-time Warsaw. The parties, their love life, the hedonism - what does it all add up to?

Drawing comparisons with the French New Wave and the style of Terrence Malick, the film observes Warsaw on the brink of new futures, refraining from comment but triggering comparisons between contemporary and previous generations. It is a bold statement that has courted debate about form, subject and truth with visuals that resonate, whatever your conclusions. And watch out for the pink bunny scene.