BITTER LOVE

BITTER LOVE

BITTER LOVE


Sweden, Finland, Poland 2020
87 minutes
directed by: Jerzy Śladkowski

The work of a great master of studies on the finest emotions, the master who charmingly and unobtrusively delves into the deep secrets of the soul, an author who superbly poetizes the cruel everyday life and transforms it into the magic of film.

Chekhov's spirit is revived in a film about a group of people on a cruise in search of love. The bitter-sad, touching-comic atmosphere permeates the encounters of men and women who mourn love or long for it. Lost in the timelessness of the moment, between the beginning and the end of the journey through the gentle landscapes of the wide Volga, at one moment they are filled with hope, and at the next with its loss or reawakening. Extremely discreet, and most deeply connected with the heroes, the poetic camera of Wojciech Staroń, and the sense for understanding the most subtle human feelings of Jerzy Śladkowski, achieve a rarely seen fullness and persuasiveness.

A film that invites you to indulge in an enchanting cinema cruise imbued with music.


Jerzy Śladkowski

Born in 1945 in Poland. Graduated from the Department of Classical Philology at the University of Torun and in 1973 from Department of Journalism at the University of Warsaw. During his studies at the faculty, in 1972, he started to work for Polish Television, first as a reporter, then as director of reportages and documentaries. In 1982, he left Poland and settled in Sweden, where he lives and works today. He makes documentary films for Swedish Television and Swedish Film Institute and collaborates also with Finnish, Danish and Norwegian televisions. Since 1993 he is also a contributor to the German public ZDF TV and ARTE satellite channel.

After the departure of Polish made over 30 documentaries mostly on social issues and many of them in Russia. Since 2011 collaborates with Polish Film Institute and since 2012 works as a tutor at Academy of Documentary Arts (ADA) in Warsaw. Won FELIX, European Film Academy Award, in 1996. He is Member of the European Film Academy (EFA).

Selected filmography

  • BITTER LOVE, 2020
  • DON JUAN, 2015
  • VODKA FACTORY (Vodkafabriken), 2010
  • PARADISE (Paradiset), 2007
  • BEST FRIENDS (Bästisar), 2006
  • VIEW FROM THE DRAKNESS (Utsikt från Värtan), 2005
  • MY AMERICAN FAMILY, 2004
  • CADETS AND VIRGINS (Kadetter och oskulder), 2003
  • THE LAPP SICKNESS (Lappsjukan), 2001
  • SWEDISH TANGO (Schwedischer Tango), 1999
  • VENDETTA - ALBANIAN BLOOD FEUD (Vendetta - Albańska zemsta krwi), 1996
  • CHILDREN OF THE THUNDRA (Dzieci tundry), 1994
  • TRIANGLE OF DEATH (Dödens triangel), 1990