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Doctoral Students' Film Club

The Culture Commission of the Jagiellonian University’s PhD Student Association invites you to attend the next edition of the Doctoral Students' Film Club, which will be held in the White Auditorium of the Cinema Under the Rams (Rynek Główny 27) on Thursday April 28th at 6:00 PM. This time, we will watch Maggie Gyllenhaal's film The Lost Daughter.

The Lost Daughter, dir. Maggie Gyllenhaal, USA, 2021 

Leda (Oscar nominee Olivia Colman) goes to Greece on holiday. She plans on reading, relaxing on the beach, and enjoying her time off. However, the calm of her cozy resort is interrupted by the arrival of an eccentric family that lives in the biggest villa on the island. Leda's attention above all shifts to Nina (Dakota Johnson), who is struggling with the difficulties of being a young mother. Observing this mysterious stranger evokes memories from Leda’s own motherhood, with which she had not been able to deal for years. Memories and ghosts of the past come back to her.

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s film is one of the most provocative films in recent years. The director is not afraid of asking difficult questions about the essence of motherhood and its impact on the life of a woman. Is it possible for a woman to not have a maternal instinct? If children are not most important in her life, more so than her career and her own ambitions, does this make her a bad mother? And, finally, to quote one review: “Must motherhood be a full-time job? If a job is not satisfying or fulfilling, can we simply quit?” The end product is an unusual psychological drama that pulls at the heartstrings from the very beginning up through the end credits.
The Lost Daughter is a dramatic tour-de-force. Olivia Colman and Jessie Buckley are outstanding in their portrayals of Leda, the main protagonist, as is Dakota Johnson, who had never before played such an intimate role. The film co-stars Ed Harris and Dagmara Domińczyk, a Polish actress who has been successful in Hollywood. The film has received or been nominated for dozens of awards (including the award for the best screenplay at the Venice Film Festival) and was one of the most serious contenders at this year’s Oscars. 

Admission is free for doctoral students at the Jagiellonian University, although the number of participants is limited. We ask all who are interested in attending the event to send an email to filip.mazurczak@doctoral.uj.edu.pl by Wednesday April 27th. 


The introduction to the film will begin at 6:00 PM sharp. Please do not arrive late.