Joanna Karpowicz

Painter, illustrator and comic artist

A Grain of truth


source: Studio Rewers

As I mentioned in a previous post, I’m happy and proud to be on a team of “A Grain of truth”, the second film of Borys Lankosz, director of “Reverse” ­ Polish candidate to OSCAR ACADEMY AWARD®  in 2009, awarded at the film festival in Moscow, New York and Seattle. The film is an adaptation of the bestseller thriller by Zygmunt Miloszewski , “A Grain of Truth”, awarded the High Calibre Prize for the Best Polish Crime Novel of the Year 2011. It was published in 2012 in Great Britain and USA by Bitter Lemon Press. On January 2014 the book was published in Israel by Pen / Jedijot Sfarim

So, what is it all about?

A big shot prosecutor Teodor Szacki divorces his wife and leaves Warsaw to “start a new life” in picturesque town in south­east Poland ­ Sandomierz. After a short while he is called in to investigate a strange and mysterious murder case. Alienated in provincial reality he struggles to find a killer, when he stumbles upon more victims. While the investigation continues he realizes that all murders are connected to alleged historical Jewish ritual killings. Those murders prompt a wave of anti­Semitic hysteria in the town. In his investigation Szacki must wrestle with the painful tangle of Polish­Jewish relations and real findings of his work ­ that roots of some legends arefantasy, not a grain of truth… (source: Studio Rewers).

Although the first shots did not happen yet, the project is moving fast forward. “A Grain of truth” will be promoted during Berlin International Film Festival, which starts tomorrow, on 6th of February. Here is a promotional leaflet, with my illustration on the front and back – it is a travesty of an infamous painting by Karol de Prevot, depicting Jews slaughtering Christian children. Since XVII century the painting decorates the wall of a catholic cathedral in Sandomierz – sadly for years it was left without any commentary or just covered – a shameful sign of anti-Semitism, hidden deeply in our consciousness, functioning (even till now) in a form of a gruesome urban legend.


De Prevot’s painting. Source: Wiki Media,

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To be continued.


One comment on “A Grain of truth

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