Archive of films Floating Skyscrapers / Płynące wieżowce
2013, 93 min
Section: East of the West - Competition
Young athlete Kuba, who lives with his mother and girlfriend Sylwia, makes the acquaintance one evening of Michal, a guy of similar age. A fragile bond gradually forms between the two young men, yet unfavourable circumstances begin to complicate matters.... This visually compelling gay romance offers a sensitive take on issues concerning the unmasking of human sexuality, the quest for identity, and the desire for social acceptance.
Young athlete Kuba lives with his mother and girlfriend Sylwia; he spends a lot of time training and preparing for his swimming competitions. At a gallery opening, which he reluctantly attends with Sylwia one evening, he meets Michał, a guy of similar age. While Michał is aware of his homosexual orientation, Kuba, until now experiencing a relatively satisfactory heterosexual relationship, is still finding out who he is. A fragile bond gradually forms between them, yet unfavourable circumstances begin to complicate matters.... In his visually compelling romance, talented young Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski offers a sensitive take on issues concerning the unmasking of human sexuality, the quest for identity, and the desire for social acceptance. The film also delivers a superb portrayal of the way in which we muddle through relationships. Floating Skyscrapers, which director Wasilewski describes as "the first Polish LGBT film,” boldly raises the theme of homosexuality, until now a considerably taboo subject in the film’s country of origin.
About the director
Tomasz Wasilewski (b. 1980) initially took a course in film direction at the Film and Television Academy in Warsaw (2001) and later studied film and television production at the National Film School in Łódź (PWSFTviT, 2006). He shot the short feature Nawiść (2001) and the short documentary One-Man Show (Show jednego człowieka, 2008) and worked as an assistant director on Małgorzata Szumowska’s 33 Scenes from Life (33 sceny z życia, 2008). His feature debut In a Bedroom (W sypialni) was screened in its international premiere in the Forum of Independents at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2012 and subsequently enjoyed success at a number of other international festivals. Floating Skyscrapers is his second feature.
About the film
|Section:||East of the West - Competition|
|Dir. of Photography:||Jakub Kijowski|
|Producer:||Roman Jarosz, Izabela Igel|
|Production:||Alter Ego Pictures|
|Cast:||Mateusz Banasiuk, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Bartosz Gelner, Katarzyna Herman, Olga Frycz|
Director of Photography