The Closed Circuit
PRODS Olga Bieniek, Miroslaw Piepka
SCR Miroslaw Piepka, Michal Pruski
CAM Piotr Sobocinski Jr.
ED Irena Siedlar
PROD DES Aniko Kiss
MUS Shane Harvey
PROD CO Filmicon / Kino Swiat
Inspired by real events, Ryszard Bugajski’s drama is a compelling, strongly performed political thriller about greed and corruption in contemporary Gdansk, where some high-flying new entrepreneurs fall victim to the machinations of the city’s entrenched powers. The action begins in 2003, as three young businessmen throw a grand fête to open their new factory. They’re partners in a fast-growing, highly successful company that produces high-tech electronics.
Lurking on the fringes of the festivities like some malevolent spider is a district prosecutor named Kostrzewa. A Communist Party stalwart from way back, Kostrzewa is a master manipulator and ruthless hunter who enjoys eliminating weaker specimens. Joking that there are no honest businessmen in Poland, Kostrzewa establishes a secret alliance with a city official and a high-ranking politician, and schemes to take over the company. Suddenly, the businessmen are accused of financial irregularities and money laundering. Treated like dangerous criminals, they are thrown into prison…
"One of the highest-grossing films of the year on home turf, this latest film from Ryszard Bugajski (Interrogation)… shows how the ideas and entrepreneurial spirit of the new Poland threaten the older power brokers, whose thinking is deeply rooted in conspiracies and past pathologies…"—Alissa Simon, Variety