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Demon (2015)

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A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.

Director:

Marcin Wrona
2 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Itay Tiran ... Piotr 'Pyton'
Agnieszka Zulewska ... Zaneta
Andrzej Grabowski ... Father of Zaneta
Tomasz Schuchardt ... 'Jasny'
Katarzyna Herman ... Gabryjelska
Adam Woronowicz ... Doctor
Wlodzimierz Press ... Teacher
Tomasz Zietek ... Ronaldo
Cezary Kosinski ... Priest
Katarzyna Gniewkowska ... Zofia
Maja Barelkowska ... Aunt
Anna Smolowik ... Bridesmaid
Maria Debska ... Hana
Piotr Domalewski ... Dance Leader
Filip Plawiak ... Cousine
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A bridegroom is possessed by an unquiet spirit in the midst of his own wedding celebration, in this clever take on the Jewish legend of the dybbuk.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language and some sexuality/nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Poland | Israel

Language:

Polish | English | Yiddish | Russian

Release Date:

9 September 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dibbuk - Eine Hochzeit in Polen See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$13,560, 11 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$102,971, 30 October 2016
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Production Co:

Telewizja Polska See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Director Marcin Wrona committed suicide in his hotel room on September 19, 2015, during Gdynia Polish Film Festival, where Demon (2015) was shown in competition. See more »

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Dybbukal
8 December 2016 | by begobSee all my reviews

On the big day for an engaged couple the groom uncovers a grim secret, and the celebrations don't go quite as intended ...

This seemed so intriguing, and I was rubbing my hands as the action kicked off at a lively pace with good humour from the actors. Then we switch to a Polish-Jewish wedding, with great music and dancing and lots of knowing observations. But where's the horror? Instead we get an oblique reflection on the secrets buried in sad soil - it's worth the telling, but doesn't dare to be explicit. I guess the aim was to achieve a haunting atmosphere, but it doesn't really make it - although the fate of the director after the movie was released adds a terrible twist. Is there any such thing as a Jewish horror movie?

Performances are good, but the plot and characterisation are uneven. There's a running joke with characters getting soaked in rain and vodka, and the photography is good. One scene is captured brilliantly, when the couple emerge from the church and get caught in a flurry of snow and umbrellas.

Music is OK, with a joke about Chopin that then fails to switch the music from electronic to piano. Lots of play with several languages and a few puns.

Overall: Spirited but not demonic.


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