Michael Sarnoski, UK, USA 2021, 92’
Polish premiere
Passing Prisoners of the Ghostland

This movie is not what you think. It isn't a pastiche of the overly pastiched John Wick, in which the retired hired killer is replaced by an old truffle hunter on the trail of a kidnapped pig, played by Nicolas Cage charging at will. Yes, the components match, but the tone and style are different. The film's feel is heralded by the first scenes showing the protagonist's solitary life in the wilderness, scenes that feature a contemplative rhythm and melancholic color palette. Later references to the crime film genre, semi-playful and postmodern in spirit, only serve as eccentric additions to the most serious story of loss, alienation and mourning. Cage plays in accordance with an artistic concept, restraining his famed mannerisms and building a surprisingly introverted role, radiating with a quiet, dignified pain concealed under his tramp garb.

Piotr Mirski

Michael Sarnoski

Michael Sarnoski is an American director and screenwriter, who has also worked as an editor, producer, cinematographer, sound technician and even make-up artist. He studied at the prestigious Yale University. He full-length debut is Pig, which was enthusiastically received by critics. He lives in Los Angeles.

Selected filmography

2011 Love of the Dead (short)

2011 Fight Night Legacy (co-dir. short)

2012 That (short, co-dir.)

2021 Świnia / Pig

Cast & Crew

director Michael Sarnoski
screenplay Michael Sarnoski, Vanessa Block
cinematography Patrick Scola
editing Brett W. Bachman
music Alexis Grapsas, Philip Klein
cast Nicolas Cage, Alex Wolff, Adam Arkin
producer Thomas Benski, Vanessa Block, Nicolas Cage, David Carrico, Adam Paulsen, Dori A. Rath, Joseph Restaino, Steve Tisch, Dimitra Tsingou, Kyle Eaton
production AI-Film, BlockBox Entertainment, Escape Artists, Hungry Bull Productions, Pulse Films, Saturn Films, Sweet Tomato Films, Valparaiso Pictures
Polish distributor Monolith Films
language English
coloration colour
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