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The Black Mill

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    Feature Film | 2019-2020 | Children | Poland

    Shooting data

    LocationsMazovian voivodeship, Silesian Voivodeship

    Project data

    Brief synopsis

    „Black Mill" is a great-adventure film that has never been seen in Poland before! The story is based on one of the most popular books of the Polish literature by Marcin Szczygielski. The director of the film is Mariusz Palej, author of "Behind the Blue Door", which has been recognized in Poland and abroad. In addition to fantastic youth actors, the film includes Marcin Dorociński, Janusz Chabior and Magdalena Nieć. The production received the patronage of the Children's Rights Ombudsman and the International Chapter of the Order of Smile.

    The black mill determines life in the village and employs many people. While watching a shooting star, Ivo wishes that his daddy would read him a bedtime story again. A few hours later his father is dead when the devilish mill goes up in flames. Ivo’s mother is full of worries that trigger premature labour. He grows up without his father and can never really cope with this loss. His mother has to look after her disabled daughter while Ivo roams the streets with his friends. One day, electrical appliances start to disappear and the gang suspects a neighbour who has been in prison before. But when rabbits voluntarily jump onto the motorway and birds fall from the sky, the youngsters sense that something terrible must have happened. Could the black mill be the cause? Ivo, his sister and his friends are on their own and set out to uncover the source of all this evil.


    ActorRole nameVoice actor / SpeakerVoice actor
    Pola Galica-GalochMela [L]
    Iwo WicińskiIwo [L]
    Michał LupaMaks [SR]
    Magdalena Niećmama Iwona [SR]
    Oliwia OgorzelskaNatalka [SR]
    Borys WicińskiPiotrek [SR]
    Mateusz WinekKarol [SR]


    Director of photographyWojciech Węgrzyn
    Casting directorMagdalena Nieć
    Costume designerDzvinka Kukul
    DirectorMariusz Palej
    Storyboard artistJerzy Kozłowski
    EditorJakub Motylewski
    GafferDariusz Zbytniewski
    Makeup artistLena Zięba
    ComposerMaciej Dobrowolski
    ProducerAndrzej Papis
    ProducerMaciej Sowiński
    Executive producerWojciech Stuchlik
    Production designerPaweł Baryła
    Unit managerHanna Janocha
    Head writerKatarzyna Stachowicz-Gacek
    Head writerMagdalena Nieć
    Production sound mixerDaniel Sikorski

    Production companies

    Heliograf [pl]co-production
    Mazowiecki Instytut Kultury [pl]co-production
    Rio de Post [pl]co-production
    Studio Cafe Ole [pl]co-production
    Studio Produkcyjne Orka [pl]co-production
    TFP [pl]

    Distributing companies

    Dystrybucja Mówi Serwis [pl]distribution


    Award winnerYearAwardCategory 
    Mariusz Palej2020Ale Kino! International Young Audience FF [pl]Marcinek Award - best feature film for childrenWinner
    TFP [pl]2020Schlingel International Film Festival (de)Award of the Young JuryWinner


    2021ColombiaFestival Audiovisual Infantil y Juvenil VenezuelaOfficial Selection
    2021CanadaFIFEMOfficial Selection
    2020PolandAle Kino! International Young Audience Film Festival
    2020GermanySchlingel International Film Festival
    2020EstoniaTallin Black Nights Film FestivalChildren's Programme, Children's Competition


    Theatre releasePolandFriday, 09/04/2021