26th TIDF: World Premiere

Young, brimming with hope, and striving to build a better life for their children and themselves, Asia and Marek, have relocated to the edge of one of Europe's oldest forests, along Poland’s eastern border. For their three children, the forest is not only a vast playground but also something akin to a second home. However, as the refugee crisis casts its long shadow on the whole of Europe and Poland’s borders turn into one of the central scenes of this drama, with unwelcome refugees trapped between two countries, the family’s quiet days seem numbered. Aiding “illegal immigrants” is prohibited by their country’s laws, but how does one refuse to help someone in need? Discovering a captivating, poetic equilibrium between the deeply personal and the essentially political, Forest brings to the forefront the natural landscape, as well as the characters’ emotional environment, crafting a film that resonates loudly and goes beyond pompous statements. It is a film fraught with tension and yet affectionate, a dark touching tale for when you fall upon hard times that serves as a reminder of the importance of solidarity and personal responsibility.

Screening Schedule

No physical screenings scheduled.

Direction: Lidia Duda
Script: Lidia Duda
Cinematography: Zuzanna Zacharahassairi
Editing: Lidia Duda, Filip Stanisławski
Sound: Krzysztof Ridan, Pavel Rejholec
Production: Lumisenta Film Foundation
Producers: Patryk Sielecki, Michał Ostatkiewicz, Aleksandra Ostatkiewicz
Co-production: Lonely Production, Studio Filmowe Rabarbar, Canal+ Poland, Ec1-Łódź-City Of Culture
Co-producers: Michal Sikora, Anna Bławut Mazurkiewicz, Lidia Duda
Format: DCP
Color: Color
Production Country: Poland, Czech Republic
Production Year: 2024
Duration: 84'
Contact: Rise and Shine

Lidia Duda


2012 Entangled
2013 Everything Is Possible
2018 Newborn
2022 Fledglings
2024 Forest