WROCLAW: Polish Days, the key industry event of the T-Mobile New Horizons film fest, runs 24-26 July, showcasing new Polish productions in various stages of development. Today FNE presents the first selection of completed projects.
Special closed screenings present the following works, among others, to international industry professionals, including TV buyers, festival scouts, sales agents and distributors.
Floating Skyscrapers, the second feature from Tomasz Wasilewski, chronicles the life of a young man who seems tohave his whole life planned for him. When he discovers a passion foranother man he is forced to re-evaluate his past and presentrelationships and face the social taboo of his sports-orientedenvironment. Wasilewski creates an emotional image of what itmeans to finally grow up. The cast includes Mateusz Banasiuk,Katarzyna Herman, Bartosz Gelner, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Olga Frycz,Izabela Kuna and Mirosław Zbrojewicz. The director of photography isJakub Kijowski and the music score is composed by Leszek Możdżer.
The film was produced and is distributed Alter Ego Pictures with a budget of 410 EUR. The Polish premiere is set for 18 August. International sales are handled by Films Boutique.
Director: Tomasz Wasilewski
Producers: Roman Jarosz, Izabela Igel
Production company: Alter Ego Pictures
World Sales: Films Boutique
Present at Polish Days: Tomasz Wasilewski, Roman Jarosz, Izabela Igel
Screening: 25 July (93 min) – New Horizons Cinema 5
Alter Ego Pictures
ul. Chełmska 21 lok. 422
tel. +48 22 851 11 15
Warsaw Stories is a full-length feature novella constructed from six different pieces with one thread joining them. The lead character, Needle, wants to bring people to God after experiencing a religious conversion. During his travels trough Warsaw he meets six different characters, all connected to the city in a different way but who all share a sense of alienation in the modern metropolis.
"Although it’s made of six novellas, we wanted it to look like one film," said the directors in a joint statement. "We hope to create an original, generational, daring and exciting portrait of modern Warsaw and its citizens and therefore also Poland."
The film is directed by a collective of graduates of Wajda School including Maciej Cuske, Kacper Lisowski, Nenad Mikovic, Mateusz Rakowicz and Tymon Wyciszkiewicz. The film was produced by WFDiF Documentary and Feature Film Studios with a budget of 715,000 EUR. A premiere date is not yet set.
Director: Maciej Cuske, Kacper Lisowski, Nenad Mikovic, Mateusz Rakowicz,
Producer: Włodzimierz Niderhaus
Production Company: WFDiF Documentary and Feature Film Studios
Present at Polish Days: Włodzimierz Niderhaus, Nenad Mikovic, Jolanta Galicka
Screening: 25 July (90 min) – New Horizons Cinema 5
WFDiF – Documentary and Feature Films Studios
ul. Chelmska 21
tel. +48 22 841 26 35
The Caged Swallow recounts the sojourn of Agnieszka Jaskółka, who comes back to her hometown with her daughter Nina during the Easter Holidays of 2000. The woman escaped from home fifteen years ago and seeks a reconciliation with her father. She is forced to face events from her past that took place 30 years ago - "growing up in a world flooded with booze, where as a part of daily routine, piano lessons take place in the middle of the night at her drunk father’s bidding and where a communion dress is worth less than a new album by the Beatles," director Bartosz Warwas told FNE.
The director's graduation film from the Łódź Film School was inspired by reality, he said. "In the course of the movie, it turns out that these apparently freely depicted threads lead to one, specific and dramatic event of the past, which happened on June 21, 1973," Warwas explained. "But the key issue is what and how the main character remembers and why he forgot certain things. The Caged Swallow is inspired by a true story, read a long time ago in a newspaper – a story of a woman who, after 30 years, guided by a sudden impulse, remembered long-repressed events from her childhood.
The film was produced by Łódź Film School with a budget of 160,000 EUR. World sales rights are still open.
Director: Bartosz Warwas
Producer: Marcin Malatyński
Production company: Łódź Film School
Present at Polish Days: Bartosz Warwas, Monika Buczyńska
Screening: 25 July (78 min) – New Horizons Cinema 5
PWSFTviT (Łódź Film School)
ul. Targowa 61,63
tel.: +48 426345835