Never Gonna Snow Again

by Małgorzata Szumowska and co-directed by Michał Englert

Never Gonna Snow Again


One grey, foggy morning in a large, Eastern European city, a mysterious person appears – a man carrying a bed. The visitor uses magical, hypnotic techniques to get a residence permit and starts working as a masseur in a suburban housing estate. The bland, gated community, built for the rich in the middle of what used to be a cabbage field, is walled off from the 'worse' world around it.
Somewhere in the distance loom the skyscrapers and cranes of a city aspiring to become an international hub, the East constantly in pursuit of the West. The identical houses are inhabited by an array of well-to-do representatives of the upper class to which we all constantly aspire. They seem to feel an inner sadness, a longing. Perhaps it is for the winter, which is no longer present in this eastern country. Unlike them, their children don't build snowmen anymore. But maybe their emptiness runs deeper? The masseur, an attractive man from the authentic, exotic East enters their lives. He has a gift. His hands heal, his eyes penetrate the souls of the lonely women. To them, his Russian accent sounds like the song of the past, a peaceful melody of their childhood, when the world was a safer place. Zhenia, for this is his name, changes their lives.



Małgorzata Szumowska
One of the most prominent Polish directors of today, Malgorzata Szumowska was born in Kraków in 1973. She has directed, written and produced feature and documentary films and has received numerous awards at international and Polish film festivals. After two well-received shorts, her first feature, 'Happy Man' (2000) was nominated 'Discovery of the Year' at the European Film Awards and won the Special Prize in Thessaloniki. Her second feature, 'Strangers' (2004) was presented at Sundance and Berlinale; '33 Scenes From Life' (2008), won her the Special Jury Prize at the Locarno Festival. She later directed 'Elles' (2011) with Juliette Binoche, and 'In The Name Of', which won the Teddy Award at Berlinale. She returned to the Berlin festival with 'Body' in 2015 and 'Mug' in 2018, which won her the Silver Bear for Best Director and Grand Jury Prize respectively. Her first English language feature, 'The Other Lamb' (2019) was screened in Toronto, San Sebastian and London. She recently completed a short film for Miu Miu and has just finished her new feature 'Never Gonna Snow Again‘.
Selected Filmography
2020: Never Gonna Snow Again (Śniegu Już Nigdy Nie Będzie)
2017: Face (Twarz)
2015: Body(Ciał o)
2013: In the Name of (W imię …)
2011: Sponsoring (Elles)
2008: 33 scenes from life (33 sceny ż ycia)
2004: Stranger (Ono)
2000: Happy Man (Szczęś liwy człowiek)


Michał Englert
Warsaw-born cinematographer, screenwriter and producer Michał Englert is a graduate of the Cinematography Department at the National Film and Theatre School in Łódź, which is where he met Małgorzata Szumowska. Their documentary short 'Silence' (1997) won him an award for best cinematography at a film festival in Mexico. Since then, Szumowska and Englert have made over a dozen documentary and feature films together, becoming a renowned artistic duo whose cooperation runs far deeper than that of most directors and cinematographers. Their filmography includes '33 Scenes from Life' (2009), awarded at the Locarno Film Festival, director’s biography & f ilmography which also won Englert the award for best cinematography at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, as well as 'In the Name Of...' (2013), 'Body' (2015) and 'Mug' (2018), which all won awards at the Berlinale festival. In 2013, Englert won the award for Best Cinematography at the Sundance Film Festival for his work on Jacek Borcuch's 'Lasting'. He is keen to take part in international projects, such as Ari Folman's 'The Congress' (2013) and Etienne Kallos' 'The Harvesters' (2018), both shown in Cannes. He was also responsible for the cinematography on Krzysztof Skonieczny's loud, HBO-produced series 'Blinded by the Lights' (2018), based on Jakub Żulczyk's bestselling novel.
Selected Filmography
2020: Never Gonna Snow Again (Śniegu Już Nigdy Nie Będzie)


Alec Utgoff: Zenia
Maja Ostaszewska: Maria
Agata Kulesza: Ewa
Weronika Rosati: Widow
Katarzyna Figura: Gucci
Andrzej Chyra: Captain
Łukasz Simlat: Widow’s Husband


Director: Małgorzata Szumowska
Co-director: Michał Englert
Scriptwriters: Michał Englert & Małgorzata Szumowska
Cinematography: Michał Englert P.S.C.
Production Design: Jagna Janicka
Editing: Jaroslaw Kaminski, Agata Cierniak
Sound: Marcin Kasinski MPSE, Kacper Habisiak MPSE, Marcin Jachyra
Costume Design: Katarzyna Lewińska
Make up Design: Waldemar Pokromski

Technical Data

Original title: Śniegu Już Nigdy Nie Będzie
International title: Never Gonna Snow Again
Duration: 113 min
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Format: 4K
Sound: 5.1
Year: 2020
Original Language: Polish, Russian, French, Vietnamese
Countries of Production: Poland & Germany
Production Companies: Lava Films, Match Factory Productions
Co-production companies: Mazovia Film Fund, Kino Świat, DI-Factory
In Coproduction With: Bayerischer Rundfunk
In Cooperation With: Arte
With support of: Polish Film Institute, Film- und Medienstiftung Nrw, Deutscher Filmf.rderfonds, Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg, German-Polish Film Fund, Cinecopro Award, Amsterdam Post Lab

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