The Passenger

A man hops on a bus unaware of what is about to happen.

  • Stanisław Sowiński
    Director
  • Stanisław Sowiński
    Writer
  • Stanisław Sowiński
    Producer
  • Robert Sonek
    Key Cast
    "Passenger"
  • Jan Oko
    Key Cast
    "Neighbour #1"
  • Maksymilian Skibielski
    Key Cast
    "Neighbour #2"
  • Ryszard Podbielski
    Key Cast
    "Neighbour #3"
  • Czesław Wróbel
    Key Cast
    "Driver"
  • Oleksii Andrushko
    Director of Cinematography
  • Turgenev Dom
    Composer
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pasażer
  • Project Type:
    Short
  • Genres:
    Drama, Road-movie
  • Runtime:
    10 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    September 7, 2019
  • Production Budget:
    750 EUR
  • Country of Origin:
    Poland
  • Country of Filming:
    Poland
  • Language:
    Polish
  • Shooting Format:
    DSLR
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    Yes
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Vienna Independent Film Festival
    Vienna
    Austria
    October 1, 2020
    World Premiere
    Best Short Film Cinematography
  • Rising Sun Film Festival
    Kitakyushu
    Japan
    November 6, 2020
    Asian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • International Moving Film Festival
    Abadan
    Iran, Islamic Republic of
    December 27, 2020
    Finalist
  • Palma de Mallorca International Films Infest Festival
    Palma de Mallorca
    Spain
    January 10, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Cherkasy Short Film Festival Kinoshot
    Cherkasy
    Ukraine
    November 27, 2020
    Ukrainian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • KinoDUEL International Film Festival
    Moscow
    Russian Federation
    March 1, 2021
    Official Selection
  • International Film Festival of Ahmednagar
    Ahmednagar
    India
    March 5, 2021
    Semi-Finalist
  • Filmfest Bremen
    Bremen
    Germany
    April 14, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Boden International Film Festival
    Boden
    Sweden
    March 27, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Jaipur Film World
    Jaipur
    India
    April 29, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Phoenix Shorts
    Ottawa
    Canada
    April 16, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Cinema Camp Film Festival
    Zamora
    Spain
    July 11, 2021
    Official Selection
  • G Biennale Film Festival
    Melbourne
    Australia
    July 16, 2021
    Australian Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Solaris Film Festival
    Nice
    France
    September 17, 2021
    Official Selection
  • Festival de Cine Independiente de Sogamoso
    Sogamoso
    Colombia
    September 26, 2021
    South America Premiere
    Official Selection
  • Cinergo Film Festival
    Athens
    Greece
    October 25, 2021
    Greece Premiere
    Official Selection
Director Biography - Stanisław Sowiński

Stanisław Sowiński, born in 1990 in a Russian province, mixed Russian and Polish by origin, is a film director, screenwriter and producer. He worked on several film productions as "Skuwka" by Roman Statsenka (2014, Poland, directing support), "Dernière soirée" by Vassia Chavaroche (2018, France, sound recordings and directing/DoP support) and self-produced "The Passenger" (2019, Poland).

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Director Statement

The film is deeply based on Franz Kafka’s life and art. It rethinks his life-long inability of getting in a closer contact with people surrounding him in a poetic form assuming the life is a journey.