Sitting somewhere between fiction, documentary and ‘constructed reality’, filmmaker Michal Marczak is an ode to the vibrancy of modern-day Warsaw, a city in a state of flux suspended between its traumatic past and a future powered by a new generation bursting with energy.
All These Sleepless Nights chronicles several months in the lives of art school friends Kris and Michal, who together resolve to experience life to the limit. Marczak follows the two young men as they roam the city at night, floating from party to party, encounter to encounter, romance and heartbreak, all the way accompanied by pulsing DJ beats. As they chain-smoke, drink, and dance with abandon in city squares and makeshift clubs, the film effortlessly captures the energy, freedom and nonchalance – even if fleeting – of youth.
The film was awarded the Best Director prize in the World Cinema – Documentary section of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, as well as the Audience Award at the 2016 T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Poland.