Bitter Love

  • Jerzy Sladkowski
  • Sweden, Finland, Poland
  • 2020
  • 87 min
  • Dutch Premiere
  • Masters
On a three-week cruise on the river Volga, passengers are looking for an escape from their lives, looking for change – and looking for love.
Static, unglamorous yet poetic images of the seemingly endless shores of the Volga paint a backdrop for the passengers’ emotional journeys. Inside the ship, the intimacy of the encounters takes viewers of the film on their own emotional journey, into the rivers of two universal human feelings: loneliness and undying hope.


Jerzy Sladkowski
Antonio Russo Merenda for Ginestra Film
Involved TV Channel


World Sales
Maëlle Guenegues for CAT&Docs, Aleksandra Derewienko for CAT&Docs
Festival Handling
Maëlle Guenegues for CAT&Docs

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Available versions
DCP, color
Spoken languages

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