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Ondine

Tomasz Sliwinski
Poland, 2019, 40 min.

In Polish with English subtitles.

There is a myth about Ondine, a water nymph, who fell in love with the mortal. Because of his infidelity, she put a curse on him that he would breathe only as long as he remembered about this. And so he died, as soon as he fell asleep. There is also a rare medical condition called Ondine's Curse. Cezary (22) still lives with his mother (50) and he is in love with Emilia (20), a rock singer. He also has a dark secret. One day all three of them have to deal with the mythical Ondine and her curse.

Director's Statement

This story is about self-acceptance, love and sacrifice. It takes up the problem of disabled people, who often, without the regard for their own limits, try to live a normal life. They fight for the normality, a full-fledged existence and right to love and to be loved. This problem does not only concern the disabled person himself but also people around him. 

Presented topic is of my interest primarily because I am a father of a 9-year old boy that suffers from the Ondine’s Curse (CCHS). I’ve already taken up the issue of this illness in my documentary film Our Curse (2013). That film showed the first few months of me and my wife living after the diagnosis of our child. It was very well received worldwide, has been awarded at many international film festivals and was nominated for an Oscar Academy Award in 2015. Ondine is a fiction sequel to that film.

Category: Drama, Feature.
Themes: Relationships, Health, Music, World Cinema.

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