When the production began, Krystyna Feldman, dressed as a starving tramp, visited one of the oldest spas in Krynica and started begging for food. Visitors complained about a "stinking old man" disturbing spa guests and she was expelled from the area. See more »
Nikifor was given birth in the stables, by his deaf and mute mother. He had a twin sister, which later has frozen to death. Local Nikifor has inherited his mother's disability by having his tongue-tied to a palate (ankyloglossia), which made him unable to articulate and produce understandable speech, and was partially deaf. He was also illiterate. Various people have given him shelter, he had no birth certificate. From a legal point of view... he simply did not exist. He was raised and lived in an isolation from society, it's standards, and people, who poked fun at a miserable creature. Screen writer, Joanna Kos, in an interview in Gazeta Wyborcza admitted that film should be viewed as a study on humanity, and likened the story to this of an Elijah prophet.
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