Henri Marbacher / 18’ / 2019 / Suiza

Direction: Martyna Peszko

Production: Natalia Grzegorzek

Script: Martyna Peszko

Editing: Olga Kałagate

Cinematography: Martyna Peszko

Sound: Mateusz Adamczyk, Martyna Peszko, Sebastian Witkowski

Barbara (67) has suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis since aged five and is bedridden. Once a year, when her husband goes on holiday, looking after her is her daughter, Martyna (36), who cooks, feeds, washes, and cares for her mother. Due to the loss of muscle control, Barbara can only communicate by moving her eyes. She looks to the left for “yes”, and to the right for “no”. Letter after letter, Martyna makes out words, sentences, and meanings. Despite both being acutely aware of her destiny, they manage to find fleeting moments of happiness that resound like echoes of images of their old homemade videos.

MARTYNA PESZKO (Krakow, Poland, 1977). She graduated from the National Academy of Theatre Arts in Krakow and held the DOK Pro workshop at the Wajda School. She studied at the Conservatoire National d’Art Dramatique in Paris and at the Lee Strasberg Institute in New York, as well as studying Philosophy at the University of Warsaw. As an actress, she was associated with the Teatr Ludowy and Stary Teatr in Krakow, National Theatre and Drama Laboratory in Warsaw. She was awarded the Jan Machulski prize for best actress. She is currently directing DEAR MADAM at the Teatr Polski Bydgoszcz.