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The Milkbar

This is a story about a polish milkbar and a stubborn woman running a business that springs from another time. Danuta has a mission to serve healthy and cheap meals. Look at Mc Donalds what kind of food is that? Danuta says, they are all over the world!

When communism fell in 1989 and the bars went private-owned, Danuta Juz took over “Bar Bywalec”, in Wroclaw.

Now 16 years have passed and Poland have been through huge structural changes. But in Danuta´s bar time seems to stand still – If it wasn’t for the Map of the European Union that Danuta’s assistant Dzidka with pride put up. Side by side two women run the bar, trying to keep the new neo-liberal market outside. The milk bars are subsidized by the state and the profit Danuta is allowed to make on each dish follows strict restrictions and regulations. The milk bars provide a bridge between the old and the new society, but how long will they be able to keep it running?

This is a humorous film about strong and witty women running a risky business.

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Ewa Einhorn is visual artist and filmmaker working with animation, satirical drawing and documentary film. She has worked as visiting lecturer at art academies in Denmark, Germany and Sweden. Einhorn received her BA from Vienna Art Academy and MA from Malmö Art Academy, and attended the Whitney Independent Study Program in NY. Since 2009 she has been working together with Jeuno JE Kim on topics related to the construction of “Norden”, and more specifically the relations between political rhetoric, assumptions of national territory, and nations as brands in the Nordic context. Born in Poland, she is currently based in Berlin and Malmö.

Terese Mörnvik, born 1969, is a documentary film director and photographer educated at Dramatiska Institutet. She has performed artistic research at SADA and worked as a teacher of documentary filmmaking at StDH, Stockholm University of Dramatic Arts. Recently she has also been working in the field of Visual Arts that connects art, craft and filmmaking.


Production info

Title: Milk Bar

Genre: Documentary

Production year: 2007

Length: 50 min


Director:  Ewa Einhorn & Terese Mörnvik

Producers: Fredrik Gertten, Margarete Jangård

Executive Producer: Fredrik Gertten

Editor: Jesper Osmund

With support from: The Swedish Film Institute – Hjalmar Palmgren, the Nordic Film & TV Fund – Eva Færevaag, Konstnärsnämnden, Längmanska Kulturfonden and the MEDIA programme of the European Union


ZagrebDox International Documentary Film Festival Zagreb, Croatia 2008

Docs, Thessaloniki Greece 2008

Skånska Filmdagarna Malmö, Sweden 2008

Slow food film festival Bologna, Italy 2009