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floating skyscrapers

Tomasz Wasilewski | 2013 | O.V. Polish | S.T. English | Poland | 93min | color

Synopsis :

Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk), an aspiring Olympic swimmer, lives with his mother and girlfriend Sylwia (Marta Nieradkiewicz) in a Warsaw high-rise. By day, he channels his physical energies at the local swimming pool, training for hours. Nights are for Sylwia — the young couple have a teasing and casual sexual intimacy and seem well suited. But Kuba is distracted, the male bodies in his midst providing more than a fleeting interest. One night, at an opening at the trendy art gallery where Sylwia works, he encounters shy, dark-haired Michal (Bartosz Gelner). The attraction is palpable, immediate and mutual. What follows is no less than a map of the human heart and the murky netherworld between human connection and abject loneliness. Wasilewski’s assured visual aesthetic conveys the psychological and physical epiphanies and defeats experienced by his well-drawn characters, all of whom yearn to maintain equilibrium in the midst of generational and familial upheaval. Described as a film “about love, or the lack of it and the consequences of seeking out substitutes, about wasted opportunities and lost dreams,” Floating Skyscrapers is groundbreaking for its queer thematic, rarely addressed in Polish cinema. — Madeleine Molyneaux