Jerzy Sladkowski

was born in Radom, Poland in 1945. He graduated from the University of Torun in classical literature in 1971 as well as from the University of Warsaw in journalism with a specialization in photography, radio & TV. From 1972 to 1982, he worked as a reporter for Polish TV. He immigrated to Sweden in 1983. Since then he has worked as a freelance director and producer making over fifty documentaries. Recipient of several prestigious prizes including the European Film Award for "Vendetta", the IDA Award for "Swedish Tango", the Golden Dove for ”Vodka Factory” and the VPRO IDFA Award for ”Don Juan”.


Selected filmography: Triangle of Death, 1990; Vendetta, 1995; Swedish Tango, 1999; My American Family, 2004; Best Friends, 2006; Paradise, 2007; Vodka Factory, 2010; In the Mind of a Parrot, 2012; Don Juan, 2015; Bitter Love, 2020.
Grand Prix for the Best Film of the Festival “Big Golden Nanook”

Bitter Love (18+)

Sweden, Finland, Poland, 2020, min.
Director: Jerzy Sladkowski
A lovesick misfit, a mysterious beauty, a retired civil servant, a randy fortuneteller and a doubtful young couple meet in late summer on a Russian river cruise on Volga. As many other passengers, they board the ship with broken hearts and shattered illusions, but also hoping for a change into better, seeking peace and space to come into terms with meaning for their lives. What does fate have in store for them?

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