The Oscar®-nominated "Our Curse" Press Materials - Warszawska Szkoła Filmowa, akademia, gimnazjum, liceum, kursy filmowe Warszawa


(prod. Warsaw Film School) is a personal statement of the director and his wife, who have to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child Leo – the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). Little Leo stops breathing during sleep and requires a lifetime mechanical ventilation on a respirator. The film shows how young parents cope and tame with the fear associated with the disease. The story of the film characters is presented on the


CINEMATOGRAPHY - Tomasz Śliwiński, Magda Hueckel

EDITING - Justyna Król, Tomasz Śliwiński

SOUND - Grzegorz Lindemann

COLOR CORRECTION - Przemysław Niedźwiecki


PRODUCTION - Warsaw Film School

PRODUCER - Maciej Ślesicki



Tomasz Śliwiński
(1979) – Student at Warsaw Film School - Directing Department, Graduate of the Faculty of ETI and Faculty of Management and Economics at Gdansk University of Technology. His first short movie “The Curse” (2011) has been presented at many film festivals, such as Nowe Horyzonty in Wrocław and Etiuda&Anima in Kraków (where he received a distinction of FICC JURY). His next film “Our Curse”(2013) premiered at the 66. Locarno International Film Festival and was screened at over 45 international film events and over 30 prizes including awards at International Festival of Short Films ASPEN SHORTSFEST, Raindance Film Festival, Sheffield Doc/Fes and nominations for the Silver Eye Award at East Silver Market 2013 and Best of IDFA at IDFA – International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam.  Together with Magda Hueckel (as Muzungu-art group) he creates a subjective, personal photographic document from various travels all over the world. Their works were exhibited at Tate Britain Gallery in London, among others. Currently he lives and works in Warsaw.


Maciej Ślesicki - Director, screenwriter and film producer. Founder and Chancellor of the Warsaw Film School. Director of features: "Three minutes. 21:37", "Daddy", "Sarah" and "Show" and the TV series "13th Police Station". He graduated from the Department of Radio and Television at the Film University of Silesia. Winner of the Golden Duck 1995 as well Best Directing award at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia for "Daddy" (1995). In 1997 he was awarded with the Platinum Ticket distribution prize for the biggest yearly box office admissions number  of his film "Sarah". Producer of award-winning film "Reserve" directed by Łukasz Palkowski. Initiator of numerous projects supporting the debuts of young filmmakers and head of his own movies studio, Paisa Films.


Warsaw Film School was founded in 2004 by a well-known Polish film director Maciej Ślesicki and one of the most popular Polish actors, Bogusław Linda. This university collage  is a unique film institution, following the example of the best European and American film schools. As for 2013 it is one of just three cinematographic university collages in Poland.

Warsaw Film School has been recognized as one of the best and most modern Polish film institutions, which manifests itself in the film awards won by the school students and graduates. Lecturers of Warsaw Film School are among most recognized Polish filmmakers, specialists in the fields of film and the new media. Currently, in the academic year 2014/2015, there are ten majors where several dozen lecturers and teachers run lessons for more than two hundred students.

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"Our Curse" press kit (download
"Our Curse" photo pack (download)
"Our Curse" poster (download)
"Our Curse" trailer (download)