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Gdynia Polish Film Festival Competition spotlight: Rite of Passage

Katarzyna Grynienko 2010-05-26

In Rite of Passage, director Janusz Majewski creates an image of turbulent events in post-WWII Poland, seen trough the eyes of boys on the verge of their adult life.

{mosimage}Rite Of Passage is a coming of age story evolving around Ludwik, a fourteen year old who arrives in newly freed Cracow with his sister and parents right after the end of WWII. The boy is enrolled in a good gymnasium where he makes new friendships and meets his new role model, sixteen year old Marek. The older boy is a rebellious young intellectual, who is supposed to have fought in the Warsaw Uprising. The country is getting ready for a vote on a referendum to decide whether Poland will be a communist country. The boys decide to form a secret anti-communist organization.The Prime Minister of the Polish Government of exile visits Cracow and the teenagers become involved in a street brawl caused by the political turmoil. Marek tries to escape arrest and is killed, which Ludwik finds out just before he has to take the A-level exams, a rite of passage that seems insignificant in the face of post-war reality.

"The period between 14 and 16 years old is the so called "silly age", a time of turning from childhood to adulthood, a time of school pranks and tomfoolery, the first struggles with Eros and the first moral dilemmas. A period that we remember all of our lives. For these boys it came during the turbulent post-war times, where things that were trivial mixed with the serious and tragic ones." said Majewski.

Majewski is popular for his pictures The Deserters and Hotel Pacific. He gathered an all-star cast including his frequent leading man Marek Kondrat accompanied by Olgierd Łukaszewicz, Wiktor Zborowski and Wojciech Pszoniak as well as talented debutants Adam Wróblewski, Dawid Kot, Mikołaj Jodliński and Adam Zduńczyk.

Rite Of Passage was produced by the Documentary and Feature Film Production Company (WFDiF, www.wfdif.com.pl) in co-production with Cracow Festival Office (www.biurofestiwalowe.pl). The total budget of the film was 7 million PLN (EUR 1.6 million) with 50% being financed by the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and co-financed by the Cracow Regional Film Fund (www.rff.krakow.pl). The movie will open in Polish cinemas on December 31, 2010 and the national distributor is Monolith Films (www.monolith.pl) with PR being handled by I.Film.


{mosimage}Crew:

Director - Janusz Majewski
Screenwriter - Janusz Majewski
Producer - Włodzimierz Niderhaus
Cinematographer - Adam Bajerski
Set design - Andrzej Haliński
Costumes - Elżbieta Radke
Production manager - Tadeusz Drewno
Production company - Documentary and Feature Film Production Company (WFDiF)
Co-production - Cracow Festival Office
Co-financing - Polish Film Institute, Cracow Regional Fund
Distributor - Monolith Films

Cast:

{mosimage}Adam Wróblewski
Antoni Królikowski
Agnieszka Michalska
Artur Żmijewski
Wojciech Pszoniak
Olgierd Łukaszewicz
Marek Kondrat
and others

Production contact:

Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych
ul. Chełmska 21, 00-724 Warszawa
tel. (0-22) 840 00 30 39
fax (0-22) 841 58 91
www.wfdif.com.pl

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