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Two weeks from today, the Polish drama thriller Prime Time will launch globally on Netflix.

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Prime Time: Bartosz Bielenia as Sebastian, Andrzej Kłak as Grzegorz — Photo courtesy of Netflix

Prime Time, which made its worldwide premiere online at the virtual 2021 Sundance Film Festival back in January, is inspired by actual events in Poland and elsewhere.

The film centers on Sebastian (Bartosz Bielenia, 1983, Corpus Christi, The Passing Bells), a 20-year-old guy with a gun on New Year’s Eve 1999. Instead of partying, Sebastian hijacks a TV studio during a live broadcast, demanding to deliver a message to the viewers. Except the folks at the controls cut the live feed, which spurs Sebastian to take hostages — program presenter Mira Kryle (Magdalena Popławska, The Pact, The Border) and security guard Grzegorz (Andrzej Kłak, The King of Warsaw, The Mire).

The thing is, Sebastian hasn’t made it clear what his plan is or what his message is. He’s not all that sure himself. With the police and an egotistical network chairman thwarting his every move, the stakes get increasingly higher for Sebastian. And as the night wears on, Sebastian and the hostages end up bonding in unexpected ways, while those in power fumble to restore order.

Written by Lukasz Czapski (The Moths) and Jakub Piatek (Users), the latter of whom directs, the film costars Malgorzata Hajewska (Signs), Dobromir Dymecki (1983), Monika Frajczyk (Clergy), Cezary Kosinski (Klangor), and Adam Nawojczyk (The Teacher).

Prime Time, a Netflix Film, premieres globally on Wednesday, June 30, exclusively on Netflix.

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Prime Time: Polish Drama Thriller Set for Debut on Netflix
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