Dir/scr. Jacek Borcuch, Poland, 2009, 95 minutes

All That I Love

All That I Love is a Romeo And Juliet story set in 1981, as a smalltown punk band finds itself among the enemies of the state when the Polish government cracks down on the independent workers movement, Solidarity.

This coming of age tale by Jacek Borcuch, described as “Poland’s first independent filmmaker,” puts a new wrinkle in the template of “star-cross’d lovers”, juxtaposing young love and musical rebellion with a vivid period political setting, even though the commercial potential outside Poland for this overly familiar tale appears minimal in any format.

In the punk group named All That I Love (ATIL), singer Janek (Mateusz Kościukiewicz , looking like a young Polish Heath Ledger) is a naval officer’s son whose relationship with young Basia (Olga Frycz) frays after police imprison her intellectual father. Already suspect, the band gives a concert which lands Janek’s father in trouble with local officials.

Borcuch’s script takes familiar steps through young love, as Janek and Basia are drawn to each other, and then torn apart when the military seizes power.

Yet the film’s evocation of its time is meticulously detailed, as rebellious young rockers mock authority in the dingy institutional interiors of communist Poland.

DP Michal Englert elevates All That I Love beyond its script, capturing that tawdriness, and the radiance of the seaside setting. Veteran Andrzel Chyra stands out in the cast as a military officer who risks his career by choosing loyalty to his family over obedience to the party.

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Production companies


TVP SA – Film Agency

Canal +

Polish Film Institute

International Sales

Prasa I Film

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Jan Dworak

Kamila Polit

Renata Czarnkowska- Listoś

Sławomir Jóźwik


Michał Englert


Daniel Bloom

Production design

Elwira Pluta

Main Cast

Mateusz Kościukiewicz

Olga Frycz

Jakub Gierszał

Andrzej Chyra

Anna Radwan

Katarzyna Herman

Mateusz Banasiuk

Igor Obłoza 

Marek Kalita