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A Feature film by Andrzej Zulawski

Produced by Compagnie des Films

Release in France : 19/03/1997

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Production and distribution (4)

Executive Producer :

Compagnie des Films

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Foreign production companies :

Visa Film International, Film+, Canal+ Cyfrowy, Alhena Films, SA

French distribution :

Compagnie des Films

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"Szamanka" is an intense love story between a young female student from provincial Poland and an ambitious anthropologist who has just found the two-thousand-year-old body of a shaman in the Warsaw marshes. This discovery changes his life and has violent, brutal and surprising repercussions on his affair with th young woman, known as "the Italian girl". The exploration of the senses, eroticism and passionate love will shatter Michel's convictions and lead him over the edge...


Some homecomings signify a renaissance. Like Zulawski's to Poland ! The country suits his provocative genius that seems to gain a new lease of life from the vacuity of a city like Warsaw. One can sense Poland caught up in the chaos. The people struggle to survive, furiously and with exceptional vitality, always on the verge of tragedy. Zulawski's return to Poland is marked by rare encounters. With Manuela Gretkowska, the screenwriter, a renowned young female writer, tuned in to the changes in Polish society and whose extreme love story "Szamanka" drew Zulawski like a magnet. Another immediate attraction was that of the director and Iwona Petry. This girl has an angelic beauty that equals the purity of the devil placed on Andrzej's path. A girl ready to offer everything and risk everything, the way Zulawski likes them. And finally, the reunion of a major filmmaker with his compatriots. Despite the controversy, despite the single screenings late at night, 400,000 viewers in Poland have already experienced the shock therapy of "Szamanka". (Jacky Ouakine, producer)

Full credits (8)

Executive Producer :

Jacky Ouaknine

Director of Photography :

Andrzej Jaroszewicz

Press Attaché (film) :

Robert Schlockoff

Music Composer :

Andrzej Korzynski

Screenwriter :

Manuela Gretkowska

Sound Recordist :

Piotr Knop

Production Designer :

Tomasz Kowalski

Costume designer :

Magdalena Teslawska-Biernawska

Technical details

Feature film

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Sub-genre :

Psychological drama

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Coproducer countries :

Poland, Switzerland

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Nationality :

Majority French (Poland, Switzerland)

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Runtime :

1 h 50 min

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Audio format :

Dolby SR


Festival Selections (2)

CPH PIX - 2011

CPH PIX (Denmark, 2011)


Venice International Film Festival  - 1996

Venice International Film Festival (Italy, 1996)


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