WINNER CIFF ‘Best Film, Emerging Director Award’ 2021.
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This dark comedy, a second feature by the director of the well-received Silent Night, starts with Ola (Zofia Stafiej), a rebellious 17-year-old girl in Poland, struggling to pass her driving test and needing the money her father once promised her to buy a car. But Ola is a “Euro-orphan”. Her Dad emigrated to the EU in 2004 and she has had little contact with him since. Now she learns he has died on a building site in Ireland, and as the only English speaker in the family she is assigned by her mother to arrange to bring him home. She sets off alone, battling bureaucracy and crossing swords with her fellow Poles and their eccentric hosts, as she struggles to find out the truth about her father’s life and death in economic exile.
I Never Cry won three awards - Best Screenplay, Best Score and Best Debut Actor - at the 2020 Polish Film Festival, and the Michael Dwyer Discovery Prize (for Zofia Stafiej) at the 2021 Dublin International Film Festival.
’…an intimate, darkly-funny story about that moment when a smart teenager finally figures out its not all about her. Screen newcomer Zofia Stafiej makes an impressive debut as Ola in I Never Cry, a dramedy about a teen’s journey from self-obsession to self-awareness.’ - Roger Moore, Movie Nation.
’…a funny, poignant, timely story about grief centred around a terrific lead performance from Zofia Stafiej. I Never Cry is a gem that has something to say, and says it in a sensitive, relatable and genuinely moving way.’ - Claire Fulton, Loud and Clear.
YourScreen audience comments:
“Great performance by Zofia Stafiej as Ola, a feisty teenager grappling with authority and her own expectations.”
“Interesting mix of social realism, coming of age and family detective story. Often very funny in the way that Ken Loach films can be”.
“Gripping and honest, with an excellent feisty lead.”