Never Gonna Snow Again

Nominee
Golden Lion
Venice Film Festival
Winner
Premio Fondazione Fai Persona Lavoro Ambiente Award - Special Mention
Venice Film Festival
A venture which heads all the way into the territory of surreal satire to eerie and intriguing effect.

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Never Gonna Snow Again

On a gray, foggy morning outside a large Polish city, a masseur from the East named Zhenia (Alec Utgoff, Stranger Things) enters the lives of the wealthy residents of a gated community. With his hypnotic presence and quasi-magical abilities, he is able to get a residence permit and starts plying his trade. The well-to-do residents in their cookie-cutter suburban homes seemingly have it all, but they all suffer from an inner sadness, some unexplained longing. The attractive and mysterious newcomer's hands heal, and Zhenia’s eyes seem to penetrate their souls. To them, his Russian accent sounds like a song from the past, a memory of simpler times. The latest from writer/director Malgorzata Szumowska (Elles, In the Name Of) and her longtime collaborator Michal Englert is an unclassifiable meditation on class, immigration, and global warming shot through with Lynchian touches of the otherworldly and moments of sober beauty and unexpected humor.

Not Rated
Genre
Comedy, Drama, Mystery
Runtime
113
Language
Polish, Russian, French, Vietnamese
Director
Malgoska Szumowska
Michal Englert
Writer(s)
Michal Englert, Malgorzata Szumowska
Cast
Alec Utgoff, Maja Ostaszewska, Agata Kulesza, Weronika Rosati, Katarzyna Figura, Andrzej Chyra, Łukasz Simlat
Awards:
Nominee, Golden Lion, Venice Film Festival
Winner, Premio Fondazione Fai Persona Lavoro Ambiente Award - Special Mention, Venice Film Festival
FEATURED REVIEW
Beatrice Loayza, New York Times

When Zhenia (Alec Utgoff), a handsome masseur with an enigmatic smile, arrives at a wealthy gated community in Poland, he quickly gains a reputation among the depressed locals for his extraordinary — perhaps even magical — healing abilities. It doesn’t hurt that the majority of his clients are ...

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