New East Cinema: All These Sleepless Nights (Michal Marczak, 2016)

The Barbican Centre and The New Social are delighted to present the next screening as part of New East Cinema, a programme of contemporary film from the New East in collaboration with Calvert 22 Foundation.

The screening will be followed by a ScreenTalk with director Michal Marczak.

All These Sleepless Nights

Poland, 2016, dir. Michal Marczak, 102 mins

Sitting somewhere between fiction, documentary and “constructed reality”, this is filmmaker Michal Marczak’s ode to the vibrancy of modern-day Warsaw, a city in a state of flux suspended between its traumatic past and a future powered by a new generation bursting with energy.

All These Sleepless Nights chronicles several months in the lives of art school friends Kris and Michal, who together resolve to experience life to the limit. Marczak follows the two young men as they roam the city at night, floating from party to party, encounter to encounter, romance and heartbreak, all the way accompanied by pulsing DJ beats. As they chain-smoke, drink, and dance with abandon in city squares and makeshift clubs, the film effortlessly captures the energy, freedom and nonchalance – even if fleeting – of youth.

The film was awarded the Best Director prize in the World Cinema – Documentary section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award at the 2016 T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland.

About New East Cinema

New East Cinema is a bi-monthly film series curated by The New Social, presented by Calvert 22 in collaboration with the Barbican Centre, which looks across eastern Europe, the Balkans, Russia and Central Asia to uncover the most thought-provoking, daring and vibrant cinema coming from today’s “New East”.