Loving: Fabicki returns after 5 years of silence
- Marcin Dorociński, Polish cinema’s greatest star, plays the title role in Sławomir Fabicki’s new film released in Poland today
An actor known for playing very strong characters who is currently Poland’s greatest movie star (he notably played in Rose [+see also:
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film profile], Traffic Department), Marcin Dorociński is about to reveal to the Polish public a lesser known side of his talent by playing the role of a vacillating character, confused and uncertain of his own emotions. This is the main character in Loving [+see also:
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After several stories revolving around young protagonists (a 13 year-old boy in the short film A Man Thing, nominated for the Oscars; a 19 year-old in Retrieval [+see also:
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film profile], but plays her first leading role in this movie.
The casting of the film is very succesful, as are Piotr Szczepański’s images, especially his wide-angle shots in Edward Hopper style, very suggestive as they emphasize the solitude of a couple who live together but seem torn apart, even when the husband and wife are in the same room. It’s also worth noting that Loving is very private and silent, because the director has voluntarily excluded music, which would have increased the tension of the scenes artificially. The film's production has been handled by Odeon Rybarczyk Production.
Loving won an award at the Thessaloniki Cinema Festival (Julia Kijowska won the Best Actress prize) and at the Tbilisi Film Festival (where it won a Golden Prometheus). It will also be presented at the Brussels Film Festival.
In the meantime, Fabicki is continuing to work on the family movie Bonobo Jingo (info), which was elected Best New European Project in Rome in 2007.
(Translated from French)
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