Compulsory Figures

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    Compulsory Figures

    Directed by

    Poland

    2018

    71 min

    • Polish

    Documentary

    It’s five-thirty in the morning and Julia’s already out on the ice rink, with her mother Marina watching from the sidelines. Marina will do anything to make sure her daughter gets to be a successful figure skater. Her family has opportunities here in Poland that they simply didn’t have in Ukraine, and she’s determined to seize them—even if that means not being able to pay the rent when Julia needs new skates. So, what does Julia herself make of her mother’s aspirations? This sensitive teenager doesn’t exactly ooze enthusiasm for figure skating, but that’s not surprising, considering the pressure she’s under. Just like on the ice, there are also compulsory figures to perform at home: mealtimes, homework, arguments with her parents, sleep, and then up again at five. Marina’s on a mission to make a success of her family’s immigration to Poland, and that’s not always conducive to a happy homelife. But in addition to the awkward arguments, there are also intimate family moments in this beautifully filmed observational portrait. Marina’s words hit hard sometimes, but they can be loving, too. Sometimes there's an air of desperation about them—are her plans for the future worth all the sacrifices?

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    Credits

    Cinematography
    Egor Efimov
    Mateusz Zwolinski
    Editing
    Piasek & Wójcik
    Sales
    RISE AND SHINE WORLD SALES
    Production
    SQUARE FILM STUDIO LTD.
    Ewa Kochańska

    Ewa Kochańska

    Poland

    Ewa Kochańska born in Cracow graduated from the Faculty of Theatrology at the Jagiellonian University and Directing Department of Warsaw Film School. She is a director, scriptwriter and experienced drama teacher working with youth and children. Her etudes shown at festivals in Poland and abroad received several awards.COMPULSORY FINGERS her full-length documentary debut presented at IDFA was developed during the documentary course DOK PRO at Wajda School and DOC LAB POLAND.