No Matter How Hard We Tried

Polish title, YEAR, LENGTH min.

No Matter How Hard We Tried (2014)


Koszalin Debut Film Festival “Mlodzi i Film”

Best Director; Best Actor for Adam Woronowicz


Director Grzegorz Jarzyna
Screenplay Grzegorz Jarzyna
Cinematography Radosław Ładczuk
Art Direction Magdalena Maciejewska
Producer(s) Malgorzata Cichulska


Little Metal Girl Aleksandra Poplawska
Wheelchair-bound Gloomy Old Biddy Danuta Szaflarska
Halina Magdalena Kuta
Bozena Maria Maj
Man Adam Woronowicz
Actor Rafal Mackowiak
Edyta Roma Gasiorowska


A film adaptation of a play by Dorota Maslowska. The main protagonists are the representatives of three generations of women, living below the minimum social level in a cramped Warsaw bedsitter: Wheelchair-bound Gloomy Old Biddy, her daughter Halina and the granddaughter – Little Metal Girl. The panorama of characters is supplemented by their neighbors – leaflet distributor Bozena and the director of a film “A Horse that rode horses” as well as two actors, a TV presenter and Edyta who wants to rescue “poor” people of all sorts. It is a tale full of grotesque dialogues comprised of perversely taken pop-culture quotes, mocks at the language of advertisements, magazines, tabloids and national stereotypes, treating of the Polish society of the transformation times.