A former kebab-shop employee and an out-of-work horoscope writer declare themselves marketing experts and are hired to help a carpet  emporium without customers in the droll shaggy-dog story Kebab & Horoscope. This colourfully stylized debut feature from Grzegorz Jaroszuk, known for his prize-winning shorts, displays a distinctive brand of eccentric humanism that draws inspiration from the works of Aki Kaurismäki, Roy Andersson and Petr Zelenka, among others.

Following the advice of a horoscope column in the magazine Animal Science, kitchen worker Kebab (Bartlomiej Topa) decides to quit his job. The only other patron in the place is a young man who turns out to be the author of the column, Horoscope (Piotr Zurawski). When the two men next appear they’re a duo, spouting semi-logical absurdities to workers at the aforementioned carpet shop under the rubric of marketing. As the employees participate in peculiar exercises designed to focus the efficiency and energy of the business, the dynamics of the group shift in subtle and comical ways, with surprising feuds and alliances emerging and evaporating.

Alissa Simon

With the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland