A beautifully shot drama, Happy Man is an ambitious debut from Małgorzata Szumowska. Unemployed Maria (Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak) lives with her 30-year-old son, Jas (Piotr Jankowski), an emotional would-be writer. Maria and Jas carefully “hide” the knowledge of her lung cancer from each other, each believing the other is in the dark. To make her last days happy, the son finds a job and brings home Marta (Małgorzata Chajewska-Krzysztofik), a single mother whom he asks to marry him to please mom. Yet Marta proves to be the best thing that ever happened to the family, but Jas is too wrapped up in his immaturity to notice. Szumowska adopts a direct style of lensing and reaches deep into the characters, side-stepping all stereotypes. —Deborah Young
Małgorzata Szumowska (born 26 February 1973 in Cracow, Poland) – is a Polish director, screenwriter and producer. Szumowska is the daughter of journalists Maciej Szumowski and Dorota Terakowska and the sister of Wojciech Szumowski, a documentary film director.
Szumowska spent two years studying History of Art at Jagiellonian University before she started film studies. Szumowska graduated from the celebrated film college in Łódź, which boasts such alumni as Andrzej Wajda, Roman Polański or Krzysztof Kieślowski. As a student, Szumowska made a short which was ranked 14th in the history of Łódź Film School Cisza (Silence) is a short documentary film in which Szumowska tried to capture a simple life of a Polish rural family.
Szczęśliwy człowiek (Happy man)
Szumowska graduated from the film college in 1998 and made her debut feature film Szczęśliwy człowiek (Happy Man) in 2001. The film was nominated to The European Film Award and Szumowska became a member… read more