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The Polish Bride

The Polish Bride

Original Title: De poolse bruid
Director: Karim Traïdia
Algeria, Netherlands | Dutch, German, Polish
1998 | 89min.
Subtitles: English
Format: 35mm
18+
Anna, an abused young Polish immigrant, manages somehow to escape from the clutches of men who want to force her into prostitution. She turns up, bruised and traumatised, at Henk’s farm. An emotionally worn out Henk has worries of his own, but he takes her in. He doesn’t ask for any explanations, nor does she offer any. Nevertheless, under Henk’s silent care, Anna heals physically and emotionally. In return, she starts taking care of things around the house and brings a positive change to Henk’s otherwise lonely life. Little by little, they grow closer. Initial misgivings give way to trust, and the new found confidence leads to a warm bond even though they do not speak each other’s language. All is well until Anna’s employers catch up with her and threaten Henk to return her to them. The Polish Bride screened at Rotterdam and Critics’ Week at Cannes and several other festivals around the world and won awards and accolades as one of the top ten best Dutch films of all times. Karim Traïdia successfully blends thriller elements with drama and romance in an understated yet tense and compellingmanner in this rather unusual story of tender and subtle love. The story clearly is themed on the need for people from different cultures to make the effort to understand and treat each other humanely. —Raman Chawla

This film belongs to package The Polish Bride + Short

Director,  Karim Traïdia

Director,  Karim Traïdia

Karim Traïdiawas born in Algeria in 1949 and has lived in Holland since 1979. He is a graduate of the Netherlands Film and Television Academy. Traïdia has made a dozen shorts, most of them about immigrants. His first short film De Onmacht won several awards in Europe. His other films include Island Guests (2005) and Speakers of the Truth (2000) as well as his TV film De Avondboot (2007). Traïdia has just completed the shooting of Chronicles of My Village, a film about his childhood in Algeria.

Cast and Crew

Director
Karim Traidia
Cast
Jaap Spijkers, Monic Hendrickx, Rudi Falkenhagen, Roef Ragas, Hakim Traidia, Soraya Traidia
Production Company
Ijswater Films
Music
Fons Merkies
Producer
Marc Bary
Screenwriter
Kees van der Hulst
Editor
Chris Teerink
Cinematographer
Jacques Laureys
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