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On Friday, September 7th, The Orchard released Marcin Wrona’s final film, Demon, which explores the dybbuk folklore amidst the chaos of a modern Polish wedding. Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to speak with Demon producer Olga Szymanska about the film’s theatrical origins, sociopolitical leanings, the challenges of shooting Wrona’s ambitious story, and more.
Great to speak with you today, Olga, and congrats on Demon. Can you discuss the process you and Marcin went through in order to get this made, and how he went about adapting the original stage play for the film version?
Olga Szymanska: I will begin with the inspiration that we had. It was just before the first movie about the Polish-Jewish connections came out, and that aftermath was the idea that Marcin wanted to explore. We felt the subject of our two nations living together was unexplored. At first, he was »
- Heather Wixson
Nothing’s allowed to derail the guests of a Polish wedding from having fun, not even the groom’s epileptic seizure. You just pick him up and cart him out. Send the ambulance away so it won’t scare the crowd, pump him full of meds to even him out, and simply bring out more vodka to spike the punch and confuse everyone’s equilibrium when the revelers start spreading rumors that he’s been possessed by a Jewish demon. We aren’t celebrating the union of man and wife after all, this is an excuse to go wild and revere the bride’s father as an unforgettable host. So what if those rumors are true and there’s at least one set of skeletal remains beneath our feet. We can worry about all that tomorrow.
- Jared Mobarak
2 items from 2016
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