An atmospheric Orwellian sci-fi drama set in both in the near future and the old Communist Poland, this dark and claustrophobic film is a fitting homage to the works of Andrei Tarkovsky - with a little Terry Gilliam lunacy thrown in for good measure! A man wakes up without any memory of his previous life and finds an old radio from the 1950s that triggers mysterious visions of another past life. As he tries to piece together his past identity, with the help of his beautiful but aloft boss, he runs afoul of a government willing to do anything to stop him. Mesmerizing and twisted love story, "The Man with the Magic Box" is a revelatory gem. International, Sci-Fi.
“Polish sci-fi thriller The Man With Magic Box reverberates with myriad influences from Terry Gilliam and Steven Spielberg to Andrei Tarkovsky – it even manages to get an overt reference to 1997’s Men In Black during the opening moments. Set in a dystopian future, the film’s time travel plot will be of comforting familiarity to the genre crowd it is clearly aimed at.” – Screen Daily
“…This didactic Polish import finds its power almost entirely on its themes…To its credit, Man with the Magic Box is engagingly detailed. Its dialog is careful and meaningful, requiring time for digestion. Eccentric and wordy, but equally visually enrapturing, Man with the Magic Box becomes an oddity where the depiction of a future Poland under the current elected regime is satisfyingly fertile, yet the plot winds around a potentially fatalist perspective without a solution. The offbeat, even outlandish touches give writer/director Bodo Kox a definitive identity and style, even from what appears like a micro budget.” – DoBlu
About the Director: Born in 1977. A director, scriptwriter, performer. He has completed Journalism at the University of Wroclaw and the “Studio Prob” at the Wajda’s School. He studied Directing at the Leon Schiller PWSFTViT in Lodz. Member of Polish Film Academy and European Film Academy. He is numbered among the most important and expressive authors of the Polish independent cinema, where he gained the nickname of “off icon” and brought numerous awards. “The Girl from the Wardrobe”, his professional cinema debut, a transition from “off” to “mainstream”, gained critics enthusiasm appreciation and many festival awards.