Marta is a romantic and an archetypal nerd. She shares a room with her sister Kasia and their grandmother, who tells them stories about the Warsaw Uprising instead of fairy tales. Marta’s parents, Tadek and Elżbieta, live married life in the room on the other side of the wall. Tadek is an intellectual who’s always getting humiliated by the system. He distills his own moonshine after work, and he’s quietly envious of his prosperous brother-in-law. Elżbieta, on the other hand, finds fulfillment as the chairwoman of her company's Solidarity trade union, dreaming of the freedom of finally leaving Poland. The real excitement for the whole family begins, however, when the orange Fiat 126p of their dreams is finally parked in front of their block of flats. Ela and Tadek discover a vocation for import-export and foreign travel; Marta, an adolescent, falls in love for the first time. Based on Kinga Dębska's book, the story is an attempt to come to terms with a childhood in communist Poland, with all its absurdities. It’s touching and sincere, but above all light-hearted. Made with an outstanding cast, Back Then is a prequel to These Daughters of Mine, Dębska's big hit film from a few years back and, according to the director herself, her most luminous work.
Kinga Preis, Adam Woronowicz, Ewa Wiśniewska, Barbara Papis, Alicja Warchocka