Malgorzata Szumowska & Michal Englert Talk Championing Transgender Rights With Venice Title ‘Woman Of’: “This Film Is Needed Right Now In Poland”

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09/08/2023

Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska and Michal Englert’s transgender drama Woman Of world premieres in Competition at the Venice Film Festival on Friday. As ever the filmmaking team – who have been working together for more than two decades on titles such as Mug, In The Name Of and French-language drama Elles – are pushing boundaries in their native Poland. Set against the backdrop of the country’s transition from communism to capitalism, Woman Of follows protagonist Aniela Wesoły across the course of 45 years as she seeks to live freely as a trans woman in a small provincial town. The film charts Wesoly’s journey with her wife, as the couple navigate her transition in an environment where it is neither recognized nor accepted.

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