Project Description


Drama, 138 min, 2019

  • Screenplay – Andrzej Żuławski
  • Directed by – Xawery Żuławski
  • DOP – Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz
  • Producer – Marcin Wierzchosławski
  • Cast- Sebastian Fabijański, Eryk Kulm, Marta Żmuda-Trzebiatowska, Borys Szyc, Andrzej Chyra, Daniel Olbrychski, Jaśmina Polak
  • Co-financing – Polish Film Institute
  • Co-producers – Orka Film Studio, MX35
  • Distribution – Velvet Spoon
  • Production – Metro Films


A dialogue between father and son based on a screenplay by Andrzej Żuławski, combining nostalgia with fury, sublime with humour, old-school styling with a sharp, penetrating look at Polish reality. The title “Bird Talk” is the language used by people excluded from the aggressive majority: a history teacher tormented by children, a Polish teacher fired from work, a girl cleaning a banker’s villa, a disabled florist and a schoolgirl fascinated by cinema. Pushed to the margins by the brown wave, they only defend themselves with irony, songs and quotes from the classics. Andrzej Żuławski’s text emphasizes the degradation of the intelligentsia, which, surrounded by contempt for knowledge, rudeness and stupidity, chooses a kind of splendid isolation. A radical artistic experiment, which is this story about the communion of the rejected, combines the energy of the Polish-Russian War with the anarchist power of Chaos. It is a real stylistic tour de force, which, on the way to the ecstatic finale, evokes ghosts – scenes, characters and aura of the Shaman, Possession, the Devil or the Third Part of the Night. It is hard to imagine a greater tribute to their creator. And a more beautiful film letter to a father.


  • 2019
    Gdynia (Polish Feature Film Festival) – Youth Jury Award

  • 2019
    Prize them. Zbyszek Cybulski Nomination
    Sebastian Fabijański

  • 2019
    Łódź (Forum of European Cinema “Cinergia”) – “Monopolis” award for the best acting performance
    Sebastian Fabijański

  • 2020
    Golden Tape (Award of the Society of Film Literature of the SFP) – in the Polish film category

  • 2020
    Orzeł (Polish Film Award) – Nomination in the category: Best Screenplay
    Andrzej Żuławski

  • 2020
    Orzeł (Polish Film Award) – Nomination in category: Best Pictures
    Andrzej J. Jaroszewicz

  • 2020
    Orzeł (Polish Film Award) – Nomination in the category: Best Costumes
    Anna Englert

  • 2020
    Orzeł (Polish Film Award) – Nomination in the category: Best Music
    Andrzej Korzyński

  • 2020
    Orzeł (Polish Film Award) – Nomination in the category: Best supporting female role
    Marta Żmuda Trzebiatowska

  • 2020
    Orzeł (Polish Film Award) – Nomination in the category: Best Supporting Male Role
    Andrzej Chyra

  • 2020
    Prize them. Krzysztof Krauze (awarded by the Guild of Polish Directors) – Nomination
    Xawery Żuławski