Creme Noir

"This is fascinating material - in its very obscurity, much life…"
Joyce Carol Oates

MOLOLO is a series of open air performances including poetry, street theater, music and dance, which takes place on Molo in Sopot, Poland during the summer season ("quick theater by the fountain").

In 2016 shows under the title of "Crème Noir" (French: black cream) were inspired by the acclaimed American writer - Joyce Carol Oates. With the approval from the author we selected 13 poems from her first three volumes published 1969-73 (“Anonymous Sins & Other Poems”, “Love and Its Derangements: Poems” and “Angel Fire: Poems”) and arranged them into a story.

These performances were recorded for the film, which is rather a new artistic expression than a documentary of events.

Crème Noir means the black cream.

This noteworthy street triptych is a story about a sophisticated feminine world. The main character begins a multidimensional, metaphorical journey from maturity through childhood (even prenatal period!) and adolescence to the beginnings of her parents’ relationship.

She tries to build the conscience of woman's nature. But during this trip she finds codes hard to decrypt, habits hard to break and wounds that heal over shallow and with suffering – all inside of her. Broken relationships, abuse, low self-esteem, solitude, helplessness. Deliberately or not, during the whole life she’s been putting on the black cream.

It’s dark and raw. At first it looks like a feature film, however the uninhibited background and a modest, or even crude, production suggest a documentary. With the whole action (music, dance, only spoken lyrics) at only one venue - maybe a bizarre street musical?

A quaint cinematic experience.

  • Magdalena Płaneta
    Director
  • Joyce Carol Oates
    Writer
  • Marcin Kulwas
    Producer
  • Agata Mieniuk
    Key Cast
  • Aleksandra Foltman
    Key Cast
  • Kalina Porazińska
    Key Cast
  • Rafał Alchimowicz
    Key Cast
  • Adrian Kulesza
    Key Cast
  • Marcin Kulwas
    Music
  • Marcin Kulwas
    Adaptation
  • Tatiana Kamieniecka
    Choreography
  • Dominik Jagodziński
    Editing
  • Wojciech Depta
    Camera
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Feature, Music Video
  • Genres:
    drama, musical, experimental
  • Runtime:
    51 minutes 31 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    May 18, 2017
  • Production Budget:
    4,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Poland
  • Country of Filming:
    Poland
  • Language:
    Polish
  • Shooting Format:
    HDV
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Black & White and Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Between Festival
    Sopot
    Poland
    May 18, 2017
  • Sofia Independent Film Festival
    Sofia
    Bulgaria
    November 3, 2017
  • Rio WebFest
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    November 16, 2017
Director Biography - Magdalena Płaneta

A graduate from The Film School in Łódź, an actress of the Polish Theater in Poznań. The founder of the Planeta M Theater.

A director, actress, playwright, teacher.

Her artistic spirit comes from the off-scene. Since 1997 she has been working continuously as an actress, director and theater instructor with the Szamocin Center located on the abandoned railway station.

In January 2010 she received the Medal of Young Art in the field of theater awarded by The Voice of Wielkopolska "for beautiful stage growing up".

Since March 2013 he has been working with The Rondo Theater Center in Słupsk.

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Director Statement

"The searching for feminine power is nothing new in art, but this performance is so special, because it happens in the public place. The link with something primal in woman's womb, head and soul is weakened and trivialized by the contemporary civilization. So shall she find her self-confidence? Shall she scrub the black cream off herself? Is her journey giving any hope?

You've got to judge it on your own."