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Original title Milkbar
Film type Short
Category Documentary
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Swedish release 2007-11-09

Plot summary

“Look at McDonald’s, what kind of food is that?”This is the story of two stubborn ladies running a Polish milk bar, a business from another time. The bar serves well-cooked...

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Plot summary

“Look at McDonald’s, what kind of food is that?”
This is the story of two stubborn ladies running a Polish milk bar, a business from another time. The bar serves well-cooked traditional food. The prices are low and the customers many. But can a concept from the communist past survive in today’s society? Out of Poland’s 25 000 milk bars, only 140 remain.
After communism fell, Poland’s milk bars flipped from being government-owned to privately operated. Danuta Dzius grasped the opportunity and took over Bar Bywalec. Together with her sidekick, Dzitka Monasterska, they try to hold off the liberal market that stampede just outside their doors. Bar Bywalec cannot  survive without the state subsidies but the imposed regulations are strict. Danuta and Dzitka sit side-by-side in their tiny office and calculate the maximum profit allowed for each dish. They quarrel like an old couple, smoke cigarettes, drink endless cups of tea and make orders on this, that and the other.
In Bar Bywalec, homeless people sit alongside middle-class families. Old ladies share tables with construction workers. Danuta and Dzitka treat all customers equally and they seldom raise an eyebrow. Danuta wants to renovate the bar but it’s costly. The kitchen equipment is old. Some say time is running out for milk bars. But Danuta begs to differ.
“Why can’t there be milk bars all over the world?”

Technical specifications

Aspect ratio 16:9 (DVCam)
Colour type Colour
Length in minutes 50 min


Release dates

Release in Sweden 2007-11-09 Zita 1 Stockholm Sweden 50 min
Festival showing 2007-11-10 Zita 2 Stockholm Sweden 50 min
TV showing 2008-01-28 SVT1 Sweden 50 min

Awards

Festival Award Bulgarien 2008 (bästa dokumentär/best documentary vid Golden Chest International TV-festival i Bulgarien)

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The information given here refers to film material in the Swedish Film Institute’s archive. Access to the archive’s stock is given on request, for research, other film archives and rights’ holders. For enquiries please contact filmarkivet@filminstitutet.se

Element type Video tape digital
Gauge Digital Betacam (PAL)


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Size Between 850 x 700 and 850 x 1100


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Script type Dialoglista
Script title Milkbar BIO - WG-film.
Extent 19 s. + 6 s. för- och eftertext och regissörens kommentar.
Language Swedish


Script type Dialoglista
Script title Milkbar DVD - WG-film.
Extent 20 s.
Language Swedish


Script type Dialoglista
Extent 28 s. + 5 s. för- och eftertext och regissörens kommentar.
Language English


Script type Synopsis
Extent 1 s.
Language Swedish


Script type Synopsis
Extent 1 s.
Language Swedish


Script type Synopsis
Extent 1 s.
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Script type Synopsis
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Language English


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