XENOPHILIA – a new film by Zbigniew Bzymek

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A CRUEL SPARK ignites between Teresa and Irena – two gay men who identify (as if) with women – after their offers of a ménage-a-trois are rejected by their friend Billy. While their relationship enters self-destruct mode – the intergenerational couple are inclined to provide help and support to two female students from the unlicensed ESL class that they run out of their Flatbush apartment.

Shot in a brutalist style in black and white — the film adopts the look of Polish films from the communist era to examine some probable ingredients of USA fascism.

X E N O P H I L I A  is an antidote to the contemporary propaganda movie – it tries to stand up to films like American Sniper as a lone and knowing target.

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The film plays with exposing and embedding complexes – it uses the vacuum of an untold story as it’s root story – and shows A SLICE OF LIFE around one person’s feeling of self-exile, while trying to encounter all the characters’ voids. Unable to say or think that “she is important” becomes Danka’s [Danusia Trevino] main labyrinth while she slowly sinks deeper into performing the very roles that she thought she escaped – a Polish immigrant living in the frozen zeitgest of her country at the time of her emigration.

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Irena [Jim Fletcher] is an ESL teacher who is being pulled so strongly by desire for their younger love interest Teresa [Stiven Luka] – that they try on parts of each others’ identity.



“Pity this thing doesn’t record reactions while watching because I reacted very physically somehow .. I got into it in the English lesson, on the first joke, and I go into the cramped zooms, and it is great fun to let yourself be led to the unexpected results of the scene. This is a playful spectacle and somehow it always withstands it’s own weightiness. Danka blessedly dishes out some sort of absolutes, like I’ve never before seen, Jim is wonderful as a terrible hagfish… everyone also … Kambiz! man. . fun upto the armpits but still much gnashing of teeth in the sense of seriousness, and weighty topics! I sometimes looked away, sometimes wrote back to text messages without the feeling of missing out. A strangely Fassbinderesque love scene- its development- the final light on the spine. All unexpected. For me these things like the hair on the floor, the “rat,” and as it later develops – the talk on the toilet, there are some amazing, if social points (check the hierarchy) suddenly a takeover of desires of the lesser sort these weaker, but nonetheless desires like the desire for shit. do not laugh. It’s a cult movie, yes, I do not know for whom, for me yes,  will it stir shit up? I’m curious to see how people will react to the aesthetics … ”

-Marcin Cecko

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One thought on “XENOPHILIA – a new film by Zbigniew Bzymek

  1. Hey Z. I would love to see your movie. We both have WordPress blogs. I thought Jim Fletcher was great in Utopians. You are fortunate to have him.You are an artist but you are simultaneously adept at using the “WORLD”. This is wonderful. Your friend, Andy


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