A wedding is a big day for the bride and groom, a celebration of one’s love filled with friends, family, and most importantly, a sense of love and joy. But things can undoubtedly go wrong when the groom has been possessed by an unquiet spirit. That’s the case in the new Polish film “Demon,” which premiered at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. The film follows Piotr (Itay Tiran), or “Python” as he’s called by his friends, who comes from England to a small Polish island to meet his bride, Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska). They plan to live in her family’s home, but it’s stood for decades and in need of restoration. The effort quickly unearths buried bones close to the house, and one day Piotr falls into the remains in the middle. Soon, he begins to be transformed by a presence that an aging Jewish professor labels a dybbuk, a malicious spirit out of Jewish legend. As the dybbuk gains a tighter hold on Piotr, his bride, her father (Andrzej Grabowski), and the rest of the family must convince the guest that Piotr is perfectly healthy. Watch a trailer for the film below.
The film is directed by Marcin Wrona. He previously directed two features. The first, “My Flesh, My Blood,” about a professional boxer who learns he has suffered severe brain damage, premiered at the Rome International Film Festival in 2009. His second, “The Christening,” about a godfather confronted by his criminal past during his friend’s baby’s christening, screened at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. He also directed episodes of the Polish TV series “Medics.” Wrona died suddenly last September at the age of 42. He’s survived by his wife Olga Szymańska, filmmaker and producer of “Demon.”
“Demon” opens in limited release on September 9th.