I am a Killer

I am a Killer

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Release Date: Thursday, 30 November 2017.
Starring Miroslaw Haniszewski, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Agata Kulesza, Magdalena Poplawska, Piotr Adamczyk, Karolina Staniec.
Directed by Maciej Pieprzyca.
Classification: R18+, 117 mins.
Note: English subtitles.

In I'm a Killer Pieprzyca tells a story inspired by Zdzisław Marchwicki, an alleged serial killer accused of killing fourteen women. He was found guilty by the communist regime of Poland and sentenced to death. He also became the greatest enemy of the contemporaneous authorities, which could not allow a bloody scar to appear on their image of the ideal state. The communist regime was not interested in the facts that there were lots of inadequacies in the investigation and that a part of the evidence was fabricated. Marchwicki's death was meant to calm the emotions of society.(...)

Maciej Pieprzyca tells the story from the perspective of Janusz, a young policeman who manages a group investigating the Vampire of Zagłębie. Being thrown in at the deep end and pressured by his superiors, Janusz does everything to catch and sentence the murderer. The problem appears when at one point he is forced to cross moral borders to continue the investigation. This turns out to be the most interesting part of Pieprzyca's film. The director shows a man who is pushed to choose between what is morally right but bad for his career and what harms other people but may bring a better life for him and his family. A classic detective story suddenly becomes a parable for the price that one may have to pay for personal fulfilment. Maciej Pieprzyca shows how much one can accomplish by combining humility with craft and the courage to raise arduous questions. (...)

I'm a Killer, one of the greatest winners of the 41st Gdynia Film Festival, is a film journey through history. A scary, sometimes funny, stylishly told, and above all - touchingly true story.