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    Final day of school in a small Polish town. It's the very last chance for 12 year old Gabrysia to tell her classmate that she has fallen in love … Read More
    Final day of school in a small Polish town. It's the very last chance for 12 year old Gabrysia to tell her classmate that she has fallen in love with him. She sets up a secret meeting and blackmails her love interest to show up. But what was supposed to be an intimate talk spins out of control and leads to an unexpected ending. The film poses not only an obvious question: what lies behind crimes committed by children, but also whether we are able to find an answer at all. Read Less
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Plac zabaw / Playground
Polish director Bartosz M Kowalski surveys violently wayward youth in his debut feature, premiering in the Official Competition of the long-running festival.

The eponymous location is most definitely of the devil's variety in Bartosz M Kowalski's cumulatively harrowing Polish ordeal-by-cinema Playground (Plac zbaw). Adopting the by-now familiar template of Gus Van Sant's Elephant to fictionalize the murder of 3-year-old James Bulger at the hands of two 10-year-old boys in 1993 Liverpool, it's a necessarily unpleasant and ultimately horrible experience which will certainly leave no viewer indifferent. 
A calculatingly steely descent into real-life horror.
Animated version of a poster.