Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe

Migrant and Diasporic Cinema in Contemporary Europe


Jerzy Skolimowski (1982)

UK, West Germany

The film is scripted and directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, one of the rare East European film-makers who remained true to leftist critical commitments after they emigrated to the West. The film features Jeremy Irons as a Polish building contractor, Nowak, who leads a group of workers to London where they will offer cheap labor in renovating the house of a government official based there. As the only English-speaking member of the group, he has to manage the project and the men over a number of weeks, with financial and psychological anxieties looming. Nowak learns that martial law has been declared in Poland, but decides to hide the news from his co-workers in order to bring the project to a successful end. Moonlighting is one of Irons’ best performances, a tense and engrossing drama that addresses issues of displacement and identity.

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