The SIFF virtual cinema presents the Polish movie Never Gonna Snow Again / Śniegu już nigdy nie będzie (2020, 113′) directed by Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert and starring Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska and Agata Kulesza. The streaming is available from August 13, 2021.
Never Gonna Snow Again is a subversive comedy that tells a story of an Ukrainian man, Zhenia (played by the Ukrainian actor Alec Utgoff), who moves to Poland to work as a masseur and becomes a guru healing not only the bodies but also the souls of rich clients living in a gated community. The Polish cast includes several great actors and actresses with Ostaszewska (Katyn, Body) and Kulesza (Rose, Ida) known to international audiences. The movie was Poland’s entry to the 2021 Oscars.
Szumowska, 47, is one of the most prominent Polish directors. Having been noticed since her different debuts in Europe as a director and at Sundance as a screenwriter, she made her name internationally with the 2008 movie 33 Scenes From Life / 33 sceny z życia that won six Golden Lions in Gdynia and the Silver Leopard in Locarno. Pretty much every of her subsequent movies was an artistic event featured at international festivals with the film Body / Ciało winning 2018 Silver Bear in Berlin.
Michal Englert, 45, the screenwriter for the movie with Szumowska, as well as the film co-director, has collaborated with Szumowska for a long time. Among others, he received awards for cinematography of 33 Scenes From Life (2008) and for Body (2016), as well as an award for the script for Body.