About Film


Title: Carte Blanche
Genre: drama
Running time: 104 min.
Country: Poland

SYNOPSIS

Inspired by an incredible true story "Carte Blanche" is a ilmeel-good movie about a high school history teacher who – fearing he might lose his job and dignity - decides to hide the fact that he’s losing his sight.

Kacper, a beloved history teacher, begins to lose his sight. The medical diagnosis leaves little hope; due to a genetic disorder, chances are high that he’s facing permanent blindness. Initially heartbroken, he attempts to hide his health problems from his bosses. His only desire is to keep his dream job and to help his students prepare to the final exams. The only person knowing about Kacper's problem is his best friend Wiktor. Fighting his dreary fate, Kacper becomes very close with his co-worker Ewa, and at the same time he tries to help a rebel student Klara, who hides a secret of her own.

What makes this story so universal and appealing is that it’s not merely about this particular’s man struggle with a disease. It’s about every man whose world begins to fall apart and who is faced with a choice to make: to fight or to give in and remain defeated. How much strength does one need to come from their knees and keep on going? Are we capable of writing our life over again, from scratch?

CREW

WRITER & DIRECTOR - JACEK LUSIŃSKI 

DIRECTOR OF PHOTOGRAPHY – WITOLD PŁÓCIENNIK

EDITOR – JAROSŁAW BARZAN PSM

PRODUCER – LESZEK BODZAK

PRODUCTION COMPANY – AURUM FILM

CO-PRODUCTION COMPANIES – ORANGE POLSKA, LIGHTCRAFT

COMPOSER – PAWEŁ LUCEWICZ

PRODUCTION MANAGER – ANETA HICKINBOTHAM

PRODUCTION DESIGNER - MAREK ZAWIERUCHA

COSTUME DESIGNER – ANNA OSTAPIŃSKA

FINANCING – POLISH FILM INSTITUTE, LUBLIN FILM FUND

CAST

KACPER - ANDRZEJ CHYRA (In the Name of…, Elles, All That I Love)

EWA - URSZULA GRABOWSKA (The Closed Circuit)

WIKTOR - ARKADIUSZ JAKUBIK (The Mighty Angel, Life Feels Good)

KLARA - ELIZA RYCEMBEL

MADEJSKI - TOMASZ ZIĘTEK

DYREKTORKA - DOROTA KOLAK

KACPER’S MOTHER - MARIA CHWALIBÓG

PROFESSOR - WOJCIECH PSZONIAK

FLORCZAK - ANDRZEJ BLUMENFELD

MR HENIO - JERZY ROGALSKI

MAGDA - EWA BAKALARSKA

 

PRESS

“Excellent Andrzej Chyra as a teacher – this is one of his best roles to date next to “The Debt” and “In the Name Of…” - acts as if not even trying to pass as if he was blind. Only w person who had to do with blind people will recognize this slight shift in his mimicry. Kacper’s blue, wide open eyes of do not make contact with his interlocutor’s ones. It’s an illusion that causes us to notice the disease in those eyes.”

Gazeta Wyborcza

“The story in Carte Blanche seems so unlikely that no one would have believed it, if it wasn’t based on facts.”

Polskie Radio

“Uplifting testimony of a relentless fight against the fate of adversity and of tremendous strength brought about simply by positive attitude.”

film.onet.pl

“An ideal character for a film: a modest, brave man fighting against adversity with little hope for personal victory.”

Polityka

“A convincing story about overcoming ones weaknesses, about inner will to survive, without exposing too much suffer or forcing audience to shed tears.”

Rzeczpospolita

  • BIAŁEK & CHYRA
    KACPER WITH HIS REAL-LIFE ARCHETYPE

    Andrzej Chyra is one of the most appreciated actors of his generations, known for his bold, attention-gripping roles in Małgorzata Szumowska’s “Elles” and “In the Name of…”, Jacek Borcuch’s “All That I Love”, Andrzej Wajda’s “Katyń” and many others.

    Maciej Białek still teaches history in high school in Lublin.

  • JACEK LUSIŃSKI
    WRITER & DIRECTOR

    Jacek Lusiński was born on 30th April 1969 in Pabianice. He graduated from Direction of Photography and Television Production Department at the Film School in Lodz. He is a Member of the Polish Film Makers Association. Director, scriptwriter, he also writes songs. His portfolio includes adaptations for theatre, commercials and documentaries (“September 39") and his debut feature “The Pixels” (2009). Finalist in SCRIPT PRO 2012 – the most prestigious screenwriting competition in Poland.

    "Carte Blanche" is his second feature film.