United States of Love

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    United States of Love

    Zjednoczone stany miłości

    Directed by

    Poland, Sweden

    2016

    104 min

    • Polish

    Drama

    Karlovy Vary IFF

    Poland, 1990. The winds of change are blowing in Poland. The first euphoric year of freedom, but also of uncertainty for the future. Four apparently happy women of different ages decide it’s time to change their lives, fight for their happiness and fulfill their desires. Agata is a young mother, trapped in an unhappy marriage, who seeks refuge in another, impossible relationship. Renata is an older teacher fascinated with her neighbor Marzena - a lonely former local beauty queen, whose husband works in Germany. Marzena’s sister Iza is a headmistress in love with the father of one of her students.

    Awards

    • Silver Bear for Best Script - Berlinale Competition
    • Best Director, Best Actress (Dorota Kolak) - Valletta FF
    • Special Mention - FF Palić
    • Best Director, Best Supporting Actor (Dorota Kolak, Lukasz Simlat), Best Editing, Best Costumes - Gdynia FF

    Festivals

    Labels & Line Ups

    Credits

    Cast
    Julia Kijowska
    Magdalena Cielecka
    Dorota Kolak
    Marta Nieradkiewicz
    Łukasz Simlat
    Screenplay
    Tomasz Wasilewski
    Cinematography
    Oleg Mutu
    Editing
    Beata Walentowska
    Sales
    NEW EUROPE FILM SALES
    Production
    MANANA

    Press

    Wasilewski's Berlin debut combines stylistic rigor, serious intent and a fine ensemble cast.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    The confident work of a fast-maturing young filmmaker with a strong voice and a sharp visual sense.

    Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter

    Formally admirable.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Austere and melancholic, but also marked by dry minimalist humour.

    Jonathan Romney, Screen Daily

    Tomasz Wasilewski

    Tomasz Wasilewski

    Poland

    2609. This number is in both of my movies. I plan to use in all of them. This would be my secret signature.

    Tomasz Wasilewski (1980, Poland) is a Polish director and scriptwriter who graduated from the National Film School in Lodz in 2006. He worked as an assistant director with Malgorzata Szumowska on 33 SCENES FROM LIFE (2008) and has also worked with leading Polish theatre directors. Wasilewski has cooperated on international co-productions with Zentropa International Poland and he is a scriptwriter on TV series for National Polish Television. His works include the short film FLAMELESS (2001), the short documentary ONE MAN SHOW (2008) and the internationally awarded films IN A BEDROOM (2012) and FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS (2013). His latest feature, UNITED STATES OF LOVE, won the Silver Bear for Best Script at the 2016 Berlinale Competition.

    Selected Filmography