„Our curse” by Tomasz Śliwiński received a Special Mention at Sleepwalkers Film Festival in Tallinn that ended on Saturday, 22 November. The festival is part of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which will last until 30 November .

„Our curse” by Tomasz Śliwiński, one of the most awarded Polish documentaries this year, was awarded with Special Mention at Sleepwalkers Film Festival that was held in Tallinn from 18 to 22 November. The film was screened in the Baltic Sea Competition. The jury, consisting of Amanda Boka, Lai Kin Chang, Anja Kucko Braun, Margit Keerdo-Dawson, Tristan Priimägi and Sari Volanen, awarded Śliwiński’s film "for bravely sharing a personal story about not losing hope in a difficult situation."

In “Our curse” Tomasz Śliwiński tells the story of his family. With his wife, he has to deal with a very rare and incurable disease of their newborn child – the Ondine’s Curse (also known as CCHS, congenital central hypoventilation syndrome). People affected with this disease stop breathing during sleep and require lifetime mechanical ventilation on a ventilator. The film shows the first few months of living together after the diagnosis. At the beginning, the child is still in hospital, but soon he comes home, with all his medical equipment. The film shows the process of taming the fear by the parents and gradually adopting to the new situation.

Sleepwalkers Short Film Festival is one of the parts of Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which will end on Sunday, 30 November.

More information about the festival can be found on its website.