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The Woman in the Fifth

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Section 49 edición - Sección Oficial Largometrajes Fuera de Competición – Película de clausura
Country Francia, Polonia, Reino Unido
Year 2011
Color / B&W Color
Running time 83 min
Original language Inglés, francés, polaco
Director Pawel Pawlikowski
Screenplay Pawel Pawlikowski. Douglas Kennedy
Film Editing David Charap
Music Max de Wardener
Costume Julian Day, Shaida Day
Production Caroline Benjo, Carole Scotta
Production design Benoit Barouh
Cast Ethan Hawke (Tom), Kristin Scott Thomas (Margit), Joanna Kulig (Ania), Samir Guesmi (Samir Guesmi), Delphine Chuillot, Julie Papillon, Geoffrey Carey, Mamadou Minte
Producer Hautet Court, Film4
Distribution Company Memento Films International
Synopsis An American writer arrives in Paris to join his wife and daughter, but when he reaches the place that is supposedly their home, his wife slams the door in his face and informs the police. He enters a bus without any specific destination, looses his luggage and money, and ends up in a dirty guest-house in a very remote Paris neighbourhood, working for the owner. Thus the American spends his nights as a watchman in a kind of underground bunker where all kinds of dubious businesses are conducted. Alienating nights and days interrupted by two different women: a mysterious and seductive mature woman, widow of a writer, and a beautiful Polish girl, wife of his landlord and boss. Meanwhile, the writer tries to find ways to get closer to his daughter, but strangeness continues intensifying in a nightmarish story in which nothing is what it seems.
Director bio Pawel Pawlikowski was born in Warsaw and has been based in the United Kingdom since 1977. He studied philosophy and German literaure at Oxford. He has directed several acclaimed documentaries for the BBC, including Vaclav Havel (1989), Dostoevsky’s Travels (1992, best documentary at the European Film Awards) and Tripping with Zhirinovsky (1995). He has written and directed the features The Stringer (1998), Twockers (1998), The Last Resort (2000; FIPRESCI award at London and Principado de Asturias award to the best feature film at Gijón), My Summer of Love (2004; BAFTA award in 2005) and The Woman in the Fifth (2011).