Poland 2015, 75 min, Polish, Hebrew & English subtitles

How much would you sacrifice just to be yourself? Now in her forties, Mariana is suing her parents to let her undergo gender reassignment surgery. In Poland, parental consent is required at any age, and they are refusing to give it. Meanwhile, Mariana insists on living as her real self, despite the heavy price she must pay. Her daughters and ex-wife have cut off all contact, and her mother insists on referring to her as “him”. Now homeless, this fragile and sensitive railroad engineer finds herself living in her car. The help, acceptance, and warmth she needs come from unexpected places, providing her with support, when all her plans for a new life fail. This film follows Mariana through moments of hope and desperation, before and after surgery, and on stage in the theater. When it seems like we’re watching an emotionally-charged play, we find out it is actually her life.

Previous Festivals: IDFA, One World


Director & Script: Karolina Bielawska
Production: Zbigniew Domagalski
Production Company: Kalejdoskop
Editing: Daniel Gąsiorowski
Cinematography: Kacper Czubak
World Sales: Ines Skrbic (ines@filmrepublic.biz)


Karolina Bielawska graduated in directing from the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Faculty at the University of Silesia in Katowice and from the Development Lab Feature Programme at the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing in Warsaw.