Gdynia Polish Film Festival Competition spotlight: Silence

By Katarzyna Grynienko

    Based on a true story, Sławomir Pstrong's debut film Silence explores the lives of families who lost their children in a tragic accident. The film will premiere at the Gdyia festival (www.fpff.pl) before going on to other film festival screenings.

    {mosimage} In 2003, a group of Polish high school students set out to fulfill their dream of climbing Mount Rysy when a surprise avalanche killed eight members of the excursion. The film looks the parents who had lost their children, and the emptiness and above all the struggle to live "after". Each of them has a different way of coping with the suffering, as they unknowingly drift apart.

    Pstrong, a young Polish screenwriter and director of short and documentary films as well as television series and commercials, has been working working for one of the biggest Polish private broadcasters TVN for the last four years. His graduation film T-Rex was awarded with the Jańcio Wodnik Prize in 2004 and the Brown Tadpole Award at the 2003 Camerimage Festival.

    The film was shot between March and June 2009 in Zakopane and Cracow. Silence is produced by TVN Television (www.tvn.pl) with a budget of 3 million PLN.

    {mosimage} Crew:

    Director - Sławomir Pstrong

    Screenwriter - Kaśka Śliwińska-Kłosowicz, Marek Kłosowicz

    Cinematographer - Przemysław Kamiński

    Production manager - Maciej Znajdek-Znaniewski

    Set design - Grzegorz Skawiński

    Music - Jarosław Januszewicz

    Producer - Marek Kłosowicz

    Production company - TVN

    {mosimage} Cast:

    Edyta Olszówka

    Marcin Perchuć

    Przemysław Sadowski

    Olga Frycz

    Mateusz Banasiuk

    Antoni Królikowski

    Paweł Królikowski

    {mosimage} Matylda Baczyńska

    Production contact:

    TVN S.A.

    Ul. Wiertnicza 166

    02-952 Warszawa