A POLISH FILMMAKER’S FIGHT AGAINST THE TABOO AROUND MENOPAUSE

23. 9. 2021, 13:00
MFF Praha - Febiofest

POLISH FILM DIRECTOR DARIA WOSZEK BROUGHT HER DARING DEBUT FEATURE MARYGOROUND TO PRAGUE IFF – FEBIOFEST. THE STYLISED BLACK COMEDY FOLLOWS A LONELY SHOP ASSISTANT WHO STARTS FINALLY DISCOVERING HER BODY UPON ENTERING MENOPAUSE.

I have no idea why more films aren’t made about middle-aged women. It’s a fascinating time in a person’s life,” the director wondered. She co-wrote the script with Sylwester Piechura, who turned out to know a lot about the topic, his being a man notwithstanding. “Sylwester has several sisters, plus he’s the best friend of the actress who played the protagonist, Grażyna Misorowska, so he’s been through her menopause with her,” Woszek revealed.

Through the story of a virginal woman-turned-femme-fatale, the filmmaker wants to challenge cultural taboos around ageing and menopause. “It’s a sort of letter to my future self, saying that there’s nothing to be afraid of, that this is a natural part of life,” she said. To her surprise, her Polish audiences were largely made up of young people. “And they saw it as a film about freedom,” Daria Woszek said happily.

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