March 13, 2023, 18:15
Forum Cinema, 5 Legionowa Street
tickets: 16/18 PLN – available at the Forum cinema’s box office (5 Legionowa Street), BCC/LZC’ box office (19 Warszawska Street) and on
film with English subtitles
lecture: Tomasz Kolankiewicz


The film received an award at the Venice International Film Festival in 1959.

A film by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, who won the Gdynia Film Festival Platinum Lions for lifetime achievement in 2007. Kawalerowicz was the director of Studio Filmowe Kadr for many years, he was also the founder and first chairman of the Polish Filmmakers Association.

People with personal crises meet in the compartment of a night express train. After some initial misunderstandings, a feeling is born. In the middle of the journey (the) police enter the train looking for a murder suspect. The murderer flees into the dark of the night. The passengers rush after him, planning but ultimately failing to lynch him. The coincidental meeting with the killer awakens their lowest instincts, blinding them to his personal tragedy.

A close look into the psychology of people spending the night together in the compartment of a sleeping car, who focus so much on their own problems that they confine themselves to inner loneliness.