Ederly is a city existing beyond time, somewhere between the dream and the real world. It may seem to exist for one reason only – so that Słow, the film’s main protagonist (played by splendid Mariusz Bonaszewski), could get there. The city and its inhabitants are beleaguering him. The temptation to yield and give up his identity is very strong. Słow’s hesitance is both disturbing and amusing at the same time. Who will win this battle? Can anyone win it at all?
“Ederly” is directed by Piotr Dumała – an outstanding, highly esteemed and award-winning animated film director. “Ederly” is his second feature film. It was shot in the Mazurian Lake District, in Silesia and in the vicinity of Warsaw. The film may be described as a surreal comedy with a hint of crime or as a philosophical essay on life. The unobvious plot is rendered through a sophisticated black-and-white cinematography, refering to the aesthetic of silent cinema. The film is also distinguished by daring acting perfomances.
“Ederly” had its world premiere at the 30. Mar del Plata International Film Festival in Argentina. In Poland, the film premiered at 16. New Horizons International Film Festival in Wrocław, where it was screened in the New Horizons International Competition section and was awarded second place in the audience competition. “Ederly” was also shown at the 10. Film and Art Festival Two Riversides in Kazimierz Dolny and received an enthusiastic reception. Viewers compared the atmoshpere of the film to the works of Borges, Gombrowicz, Mrożek and Kafka.
In “Ederly”, Jerzy Płażewski, an eminent Polish film critic and historian of cinema, played his first and the only role in feature film. He had previously collaborated with Dumała on the sets of both parts of “Dr Charakter przedstawia” (“Dr Charakter Presents”). The author of “Historia kina” (“The History of Cinema”) and “Język filmu” (“The Language of Film”) lent his voice to the title character. The cast included also: Aleksandra Popławska, Gabriela Muskała, Piotr Skiba, Aleksandra Górska, Wiesław Cichy, Janusz Chabior, Andrzej Szeremeta, Helena Norowicz, Piotr Bajor.
Director & writer: Piotr Dumała, cinematography: Adam Sikora, music: Selma Mutal, Poland