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Polish22: I Never Cry

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Join us for a glass of wine at the NSW premiere of award winning Polish-Irish comedy drama “I never cry”, the winner of Audience Choice at the PFF in Perth.

From the director of 2018 sensation “Silent Night”, I NEVER CRY is a piercing story about a rebellious teenager unexpectedly presented with a quick adulting lesson. The film had its world premiere at the San Sebastián Film Festival in the 'new directors' section and went on to win awards in Cottbus and Dublin. Set in modern Poland and Ireland, the film is a testimony to Piotr Domalewski’s aptitude and artistic sensitivity as well as a great eye for young talent, starring the outstanding Zofia Stafiej in the lead role.

Ola, an outspoken seventeen-year-old with an ironclad character, holds a grudge against her father, who is only present in her life through regular money transfers. While he works on a construction site in Dublin, she is burdened with having to help her mother take care of her disabled brother. Ola resents him for not being home with the family and becoming a stranger to her. If not for the car he promised to buy for her birthday he would almost not exist at all. An accident on a building site changes everything. Ola is forced to travel alone to Ireland where she will learn that some things are more important than cars and money.


WINNER: Michael Dwyer Discovery (Zofia Stafiej), Dublin International Film Festival I 2021
WINNER: Grand Prize, Mons International Festival I 2021
WINNER: Cineuropa Prize, Mons International Festival I 2021
WINNER: Audience Award for Best International Director, Golden Rooster Awards I 2021
WINNER: Best Debut or Second Feature Film, Braunschweig International Film Festival I 2020
WINNER: Best Screenplay, Polish Film Festival I 2020
WINNER: Best Debut Actor, Polish Film Festival I 2020
WINNER: Best Score, Polish Film Festival I 2020
NOMINATED: New Directors Award, San Sebastián International Film Festival I 2020
NOMINATED: Golden Tower Best Film, Palic Film Festival I 2020
NOMINATED: Prize Trieste Best Film, Trieste Film Festival I 2021
NOMINATED: Golden Lions Best Film, Polish Film Festival I 2020


""This is an enjoyable rollercoaster of absurdities and poignancy, and a marvellous showcase for Stafiej’s talent." "

- The Guardian

""Smart and touching coming-of-age tale with a lot more going on below the surface." "

- The Upcoming

""A powerful, thought-provoking film. It turns a traditional genre trope on its head whilst raising little-discussed issues that affect millions of people." "

- The Irish Independent

Movie Information

Release date

Sunday 22nd May


95 min




Zofia Stafiej, Arkadiusz Jakubik, Kinga Preis


Piotr Domalewski


Film Festival

Participating Cinemas

Palace Norton Street