Strange Heaven

Basia and Marek are a young couple of Polish immigrants in Sweden. One innocent lie triggers a family drama; their daughter is taken away by social services. The couple can’t agree on how to fight with ruthless procedures of a modern state. Finally, feeling powerless and desperate, they decide to act beyond the law. Social thriller built on misunderstandings of people acting in good faith but with contradictory goals. Based on true events.

directed by: Dariusz Gajewski
written by: Dariusz Gajewski, Michał Godzic
cast: Agnieszka Grochowska (In Darkness, Walesa. Man of Hope), Bartłomiej Topa (Traffic Department, The Dark House), Ewa Fröling (Fanny and Alexander, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Tanja Lorentzon, Gerhard Hoberstorfer
genre: social/psychological thriller
production: Poland, Sweden 2015
languages: English, Polish, Swedish
original title: Obce Niebo

Festivals & Awards:

  • Febiofest – Prague International Film Festival: World Premiere
  • Neisse Film Festival – Main Competition
  • Netia Off Camera – Award for Best Film in National Competition
  • Chichester Film Festival
  • Gdynia Film Festival – Award for Best Actress
  • Nuernberg: Talking About Borders project
  • “Within the Family” Film Festival
  • Filmfestival Oostende
  • Crime & Punishment Film Festival
  • Nordic Filmtage Luebeck
  • Tbilisi International Film Festival
  • Kerala International Film Festival
  • European Union Film Festival

“Gripping and moving”

“Cold hell of Sweden, hot hell of Poland”

“Best Polish drama of recent years”
Newsweek Poland

“A gripping, solid psychological drama”