International Competition

Eighteenth Birthday

Marta Prus
Screening time  
24.02. / Monday, 19:00 - 21:00 Theatre 1  
01.03. / Saturday, 12:00 - 14:00 Theatre 2  
A girl from Youth Educational Center in Łódź will soon turn eighteen. After coming back home, she is planning to throw a birthday party.

The day before her eighteenth birthday, Gosia leaves the campus of the Łódź Youth Educational Center to go back home. Her biggest wish is to organize a birthday party together with her boyfriend and her friends. However, the first meeting with her mother ends up in a heated argument. Like a multi-facet mirror, the film shows the different aspects of the young protagonist’s personality, delicately portraying the anxieties of a difficult adolescence.


Marta Prus

Marta Prus was born in Warsaw, Poland in 1987. Between 2006 and 2009 she studied History of Art at the University of Warsaw and graduated from a Documentary Film Making Course in Andrzej Wajda’s Master School. In 2009 she started Film Directing studies at the National Polish Film School in Łódź. Her first film Vakha and Magomed (2010) won six prizes at international film festivals. Her documentary Eighteenth Birthday (2012) was screened at 2014 ZagrebDox.

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2012, 20', video

Directed by:
Marta Prus

Screenplay by:
Marta Prus

Przemysław Brynkiewicz

Edited by:
Cecylia Pacura, Marta Prus

Tatiana Wasilewska

Produced by:
The National Polish Film School in Łódź

Festivals & Awards:

Silhouette Film Festival 2013 – Special Jury Mention; Okiem Młodych 2013 – Grand Prix; Łodzią po Wiśle Festival 2012 – Special Mention; Young and Cinema Koszalin Debut Film Festival 2012 – Special Mention; Planete Doc Film Festival 2013; Cinéma du Réel 2013