Program 2018


Paul Weitz, USA 2015, 79’

The titular grandma (Lily Tomlin) breaks all stereotypes; she serves her granddaughter cookies, but only because she's going to get an abortion. What's more, grandma's broke, fresh off a lesbian break up, and experiencing uncontrollable emotional outbursts. Grandma's one-liners are witty but cruel, while Tomlin emanates extraordinary depth and heart in going from comical to realistically bitter only to surprise audiences by returning to her more subtle side. In effect, we get not only an original comedy where authentic dialogues share the screen with moving moments, but a deeply feminist story about three generations of women, about their differences and shared travails. American critics uniformly praise Tomlin's role; Rolling Stone's Peter Travers finds that Tomlin, the sorceress, leaves you dazzled and devastated.

Paul Weitz

He is a screenwriter, director, producer, and off-Broadway playwright. Beginning with his feature-length scriptwriting debut, Antz (1998), he often co-writes scripts with his brother Chris Weitz. Their script for the comedy About a Boy received an Oscar nomination. Weitz also employs his comedic prowess as a director, including in his directorial debut in American Pie.

Selected filmography

1999 American Pie

2002 Był sobie chłopiec / About a Boy

2004 W doborowym towarzystwie / In Good Company

2012 Być jak Flynn / Being Flynn

2015 Grandma

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Cast & Crew

director Paul Weitz
screenplay Paul Weitz
cinematography Tobias Datum
editing Jon Corn
music Joel P. West
cast Lily Tomlin, Julia Garner
producer Terry Dougas, Paris Kasidokostas Latsis, Andrew Miano
production Depth of Field, 1821 Pictures
sales United International Pictures Sp. z o.o.
language English
colouration colour
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