Silver City

Institute History

  • 1985 Sundance Film Festival


With the end of World War II, Australia became the final destination for thousands of Eastern European refugees. It is against this backdrop that Polish-born director Sophia Turkiewcz tells her powerfully moving story of the love between a couple suffering from the horrors of war, displacement from their homeland and the indignities of refugee life. Silver City, named after the refugee camp that housed the direcotor’s mother, charts a period in the life of Nina, whose love for a fellow Pole married to her best friend is doomed from the start. In the bleakness of the “orientation camp” some resolution must be found. This handsome production, perhaps the best Australian film of the year, is dominated by the first starring performance of the Polish actress Gosia Dobrowolska, giving a radiant, vulnerable and erotic presence to Nina.

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