Fran Kranz, USA 2021, 110’
Polish premiere
Language Lessons Potato Dreams of America

Two married couples meet one day in a church conference room. Initially, we don't know why, although it is by no means accidental. It turns out they are parents of sons who took part in a bloody shootout at school, where one was the victim, the other the assailant. The courtesy conversation takes on an increasingly dramatic tone, emotions reach their zenith, and the participants try to process what happened in their own way to find solace, maybe justification or even justice. The outstanding roles played by the four actors confined in a tight space bring to mind Carnage by Yasmina Reza and Roman Polański and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee and Mike Nichols, but this amazingly complete story by debut director Fran Kranz is a completely different experience. The film premiered at Sundance and „The Chicago Reader” compared it to Tennessee Williams' plays, calling it riveting and unforgettable.

Magdalena Maksimiuk

Fran Kranz

Fran Kranz is an actor, screenwriter, and director born in 1981 in LA. He graduated from Yale University, where he was a member of an improv group. Best known for his roles in The Cabin in the Woods and Much Ado About Nothing, he also starred in Donnie Darko, Training Day, The Dark Tower on Broadway. Mass, his feature film debut, was nominated for the New Directors Award at the San Sebastián Festival. 


2021 Odkupienie / Mass

Cast & Crew

director Fran Kranz
screenplay Fran Kranz
cinematography Ryan Jackson-Healy
editing Yang Hua Hu
music Darren Morze
cast Jason Isaacs, Martha Plimpton, Ann Dowd, Reed Birney
producer Joe Abrams, Nico Falls, Douglas Matejka, Marshall Rawlings
production 7 Eccles Street, Circa 1888, 5B Productions
Polish distributor Galapagos Films
language English
coloration colour
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