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Carte Blanche

CARTE BLANCHE
2015Films Drama/Romance1 h 46 mins
An uplifting tale of Kacper, a charismatic high school history teacher who hides his progressing blindness from everyone around him to fulfil his educational duties. His methods are unorthodox, sometimes hilarious, and devilishly effective.
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Carte Blanche

Carte Blanche

CARTE BLANCHE
2015Films Drama/Romance1 h 46 mins
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Inspired by an incredible true story "Carte Blanche" is a feel-good movie about a high school history teacher who – fearing he might lose his job and dignity - decides to hide the fact that he’s losing his sight. The medical diagnosis leaves little hope; due to a genetic disorder, chances are high that he’s facing permanent blindness. Initially heartbroken, he attempts to hide his health problems from his bosses. His only desire is to keep his dream job and to help his students prepare for their final exams. The only person who knows about Kacper's problem is his best friend Wiktor. Fighting his dreary fate, Kacper becomes very close with his co-worker Ewa, and at the same time he tries to help a rebel student Klara, who hides a secret of her own.
Director
Arkadiusz Jakubik
Country
Poland
Language
Polish

Details
Inspired by an incredible true story "Carte Blanche" is a feel-good movie about a high school history teacher who – fearing he might lose his job and dignity - decides to hide the fact that he’s losing his sight. The medical diagnosis leaves little hope; due to a genetic disorder, chances are high that he’s facing permanent blindness. Initially heartbroken, he attempts to hide his health problems from his bosses. His only desire is to keep his dream job and to help his students prepare for their final exams. The only person who knows about Kacper's problem is his best friend Wiktor. Fighting his dreary fate, Kacper becomes very close with his co-worker Ewa, and at the same time he tries to help a rebel student Klara, who hides a secret of her own.
Director
Arkadiusz Jakubik
Country
Poland
Language
Polish

Accolades
Carte Blanche
Best Director, Jury Grand Prix
Shanghai International Film Festival, 2015
Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche
Best Film Nominee, World Panorama
International Film Festival of India, 2015
Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche
Best Director, Jury Grand Prix
Shanghai International Film Festival, 2015
Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche
Best Film Nominee, World Panorama
International Film Festival of India, 2015
Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche
Best Director, Jury Grand Prix
Shanghai International Film Festival, 2015
Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche
Best Film Nominee, World Panorama
International Film Festival of India, 2015
Carte Blanche

Trivia
Based on a the true story of Maciej Białek, who is the inspiration behind Kacper. Białek still teaches in a Lublin high school and is highly respected and loved by his students.
Meet the Cast
Andrzej Chyra

Andrzej Chyra

Eliza Rycembel

Eliza Rycembel

Meet the Cast
Andrzej Chyra

Andrzej Chyra

Eliza Rycembel

Eliza Rycembel

Directors

Arkadiusz Jakubik

Director's Statement

The world didn’t seem to need another story about people suffering from a whole variety of diseases but in “Carte Blanche” it is not a sickness nor a handicap that’s the main theme. What caught my attention was the process that goes on inside a man; when the only world he knows begins to disappear and has to be replaced with a new one.

Despite the main character’s complicated fate, I wanted the film to be filled with optimism and leave the viewer filled with hope. There are, of course, no sudden healings or miracles, but there is something far more important – a belief that the loss of current reality does not equal a loss of meaning. Perhaps a loss can serve as an opportunity to find a new direction in life? It depends on us and what we discover inside ourselves, whether we manage to find a way and take a chance on the new and unwritten carte blanche.

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