FESTIVALS: Polish/Swedish Sweat Competes at 2021 Trieste FF

    Sweat by Magnus von Horn Sweat by Magnus von Horn

    TRIESTE: The sophomore drama from Magnus von Horn, the Polish/Swedish coproduction Sweat, will screen in the main competition of the 32nd Trieste Film Festival, which runs 21 – 30 January 2021 and focuses on films from the CEE, Baltic and Balkan region

    The film recounts three days in the life of fitness influencer Sylwia Zając, whose presence in social media has made her a celebrity. Although she has hundreds of thousands of followers, and is surrounded by loyal employees and admired by acquaintances, she is looking for true intimacy.

    The film was shot in 2019 in Warsaw and Łódź, produced by Mariusz Włodarski for Lava Films with a budget of 1.4 m EUR, in coproduction with Zentropa Sweden, EC1 Łódź – Miasto Kultury, Di Factory, Opus Film, Film i Vast, Canal+, Ciné: ma Defacto (associate producer), with support from the Polish Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute and Creative Europe. The DoP for this project was Michał Dymek. The cast includes Magdalena Koleśnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Julian Świeżewski and Tomasz Orpiński.

    Sweat won best film at the 2020 Chicago FF and took six prizes at the 2020 Polish Film Festival Gdynia.

    "I believe social media has given us the perfect tool to be in touch without being in contact. We are desperate for each other, but also fear each other. Sweat takes a look at what happens to Sylwia when she realises that her seemingly perfect life is fractured. It raises dilemmas of intimacy. Wanting to be close but also keeping a distance. Loving your family but not wanting to be part of it. Making the stalker disappear and then missing him. Sylwia’s extreme lifestyle provides us with a bent mirror in which we can take a look at ourselves. Eventually, Sylwia’s desperate need to share is the same as ours," the director Magnus von Horn told FNE. 

    The film's international sales agent is New Europe Film Sales and the Polish distributor is Gutek Film.

    Production Information:

    Lava Films (Poland)

    Director/Scriptwriter: Magnus von Horn
    DoP: Michał Dymek
    Cast: Magdalena Koleśnik, Aleksandra Konieczna, Julian Świeżewski, Tomasz Orpiński