Call Me Marianna

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Aš nuolat turiu prašyt tavęs nevadinti manęs Voiteku. Tai vyriškas vardas. Tu vis dar nelaikai manęs moterimi.

Marianna is an attractive 40-year-old woman who has just sued her parents in order to obtain a sex change. Alienated by her mother and neglecting her best friends, she seeks refuge in a theatre group where she comes to make sense of her situation by rehearsing a play based on her past. When the days to the operation loom over her, Marianna kindles an unlikely romance with an older gentleman who offers her a ray of hope, but she remains confronted with the idea of losing what she holds dearest to her – her family – and she must face the chilling reminder of the sacrifices one takes to be themselves.


Krakow Film Festival – in competition, Best Film, Audience Award, Remarkable Social Awareness Award; selected for Locarno Film Festival.

Karolina Bielawska

Karolina Bielawska graduated in Directing from the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty at the University of Silesia in Katowice and from the Development Lab Feature Programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw. She has directed short films and documentaries which have been screened and awarded at major international and Polish film festivals. One of her most famous works – documentary Warsaw Available (2009).