Maria Is Not Alive

Poland / 2020 / fiction / 29' / National Competition

A story suspended between drama, grotesque, absurd humour and a philosophical treaty in a well-thought out artistic form with black and white photographs and unforgettable music. Maria is dead but she remains alive. She committed suicide, but remains in her live body for a few days. Not knowing how she killed herself, she is looking for the reasons of her own death. She does not remember them. She observes what the world looks like without her, checks on her mother and visits her own apartment. She calls her boyfriend. She finds out how her absence is perceived by her neighbours, unknown people or miracle men. She wanders around searchingly like a soul suddenly disconnected from the body and going in an unknown direction. What now?

directed by
Martyna MajewskaQ&A guest

Director and screenwriter of short films, music clips and video-arts. A graduate of Cultural Studies at the University of Warsaw and Theatre Directing at the AST in Wrocław (National Academy of Theatre Arts), she studied Film Directing at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School in Katowice. She is a co-founder of the art-tank Perfoteka. He filmography includes "Multifrenia" (feature study, 2015), "If I Only Were a Spider" (documentary study, 2015) and “Mary Is Not Alive” (short film, 2020).

cinematography
Paweł Chorzępa
script
Martyna Majewska
cast
Małgorzata Gorol, Igor Kujawski, Małgorzata Witkowska, Małgorzata Foremniak, Davina Reeves, Popek Monster
music
Dawid Majewski
sound
Tomasz Rudzki, Szymon Straburzyński
editing
Michał Poddębniak
production
Ewa Jastrzębska, Jerzy Kapuściński (Munk Studio - Polish Filmmakers Association), Paweł Kosuń, Dorota Schleiss, Agnieszka Janowska (Centrala Film), (Centrum Technologii Audiowizualnych), (Coloroffon), (ASF Studio)
Photo
Maria Is Not Alive