PARASITE is a film about an ailing old man and a young mother. After retiring from the factory, the man, deprived of his daily routine, loses control over his time. Unable to eat or sleep, he starts drying up. The mother and child are like a single organism. Yet their relationship is, for all its closeness, one of dependence and inequality. The child, whose attachment to life is the strongest, is ravenous and needy; the woman, though enjoying a brief moment of freedom, is doomed to be a victim, while the old man has nothing to keep him going now that he can no longer work at the factory. When the three of them try to have a life together, they are like the Holy Family reversed. Brought together by chance, their lives intertwine in a web of oppression. The film follows their daily existence and slow decline. (Anka Sasnal)

Director's Biography
Anka Sasnal, born 1973 in Tarnów, Poland. She is an editor, screenwriter and filmmaker and lives and works in Kraków, Poland. Wilhelm Sasnal, born 1972 in Tarnów, Poland. He is a painter, drawer, author of comic books and filmmaker, and his artistic works can be found, among others, in Centre Pompidou, Tate Modern or the Museum of Modern Art. // Films (together, selected): ŚWINIOPAS (Swineherd, 2008), Z DALEKA WIDOK JEST PIĘKNY (It Looks Pretty from a Distance, 2011, CE '12: Competition Award), HUBA (Parasite, 2014)
European Panorama Fiction 2014
Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal
Poland / Great Britain 2014
66 minutes
OV with English subtitles
Screenplay Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal
Editing Beata Walentowska
Sound/Sounddesign Igor Kłaczyński
With Joanna Drozda, Jerzy Gajlikowski, Wojtek Słowik, Anna Łącka-Szczygieł, Krzysztof Pabian, Ewa Pękalska, Barbara Starek
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