ENFF On Tour: Papusza
23 September 2016

23 September 2016

starting at 19:30

Ferrandweg 4T
2523 XT Den Haag
Tickets available


Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze / Poland / 2013 / 131 min
English subtitles

Cinematography: Krzysztof Ptak, Wojciech Staron – PSC
Editing: Krzystof Szpetmanski – PSM
Cast: Jowita Budnik, Zbigniew Walerys, Antoni Pawlicki
Produced by: Lambros Ziotas – ARGOMEDIA SP.Z O.O.


A biopic of amazingly gifted woman who wanted to preserve her Roma culture with words, but had to pay a painful price for that. The Polish poet Jerzy Ficowski discovered her great talent for poetry and published her works, but this led to a tragic paradox: a famous poet was living in poverty, rejected by the Roma community, for betraying their secrets.



Karlovy Vary IFF, 2013 – Special Mention
Thessalonki Film Festival, 2013 – Open Horizons Award
Valladolid Film Festval – Best Director Award, Best Actor Award, Youth Jury Award
Chicago IFF, 2013
Istanbul IFF, 2014 – Special Prize of the Jury

Papusza was a Roma girl, born in a carriage, an autodidact, who in the end was mentioned in the world‘s encyclopedias and had her work translated into many languages. She was also named as one of the 60 most important women in Polish history. Isn‘t this an astonishing destiny worth to be told in an epic film? For us, it was also an opportunity to introduce the world of the Romas and to give it back its dignity.

Directors' statement


De film volgt Papusza’s leven: van een gearrangeerd huwelijk als jong meisje, haar leven als een zigeunertabor tijdens en na de Tweede Wereldoorlog en de ontmoeting van haar ontdekker: de Poolse poëet Jerzy Ficowski.