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Floating Skyscrapers

Płynące Wieżowce

A fresh and visually striking account of the personal relationships and changing sexual identity of a young swimming champion.

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  • Director-Screenwriter Tomasz Wasilewski
  • Producers Izabela Igel, Roman Jarosz
  • With Mateusz Banasiuk, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Bartosz Gelner, Katarzyna Herman
  • Poland 2013
  • 93 mins
  • UK distribution Matchbox

Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk), a champion swimmer, lives with his mother and girlfriend Sylwia and spends much of his time training in preparation for competitions. One evening, he and Sylwia attend a gallery opening where he meets Michał, a handsome youth of the same age, and a new relationship develops. The film follows the course of Kuba’s evolving sexuality and the effect it has on Sylwia and his family, as well as examining the response of an unsympathetic environment. Tomasz Wasilewski’s second feature film, beautifully shot by Jakub Kijowski, is sensitively acted and sexually provocative, fulfilling the promise of his debut feature In the Bedroom. Wasilewski’s flair for widescreen composition and use of sound heralds a fresh and original talent. A courageous movie – Wasilewski describes it as ‘the first Polish LGBT film’ – Floating Skyscrapers won first prize in the East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary.

Peter Hames

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Director biography

The Polish scriptwriter and director Tomasz Wasilewski was born in 1980 in Torun and graduated from The National Film School in Lodz. After working as assistant director on a number of plays and films, he cooperated on the international co-productions Antichrist, by Lars von Trier, and The Woman Who Dreamt of a Man by Per Fly. He is a television scriptwriter for the national public broadcaster, Telewisja Polska. His feature debut, In a Bedroom, had its world premiere at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2012 and is one of the most frequently presented Polish films at international film festivals. In a Bedroom received several prizes including Ecumenical Jury Award at the Mannheim-Heildelberg International Film Festival. His second feature film, Floating Skyscrapers, had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City and won the East of the West competition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in 2013 as well the audience award at International Competition New Horizons in Wrocław, Poland.

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