Polish film The Art of Loving tops local 2017 box office
by Ola Salwa
- Maria Sadowska’s sophomore film, a biopic of Poland’s first sex expert, has so far taken over 1.7 million admissions, making it the most popular film in the country this year
The Art of Loving [+see also:
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The movie follows the life of Michalina Wisłocka, a gynaecologist and sexologist, and a pioneer of sex studies and sex education in Poland. Her book A Practical Guide to Marital Bliss (originally titled Sztuka kochania in Polish, the literal English translation of the title being The Art of Loving) was published in 1978 and sparked major controversy in communist Poland. The works of Wisłocka are often compared to those of Virginia Johnson and Dr William Masters.
The story spans three decades, portraying Wisłocka’s mission to educate Poles and her turbulent personal life. The main character is played by Magdalena Boczarska, who is flanked by Justyna Wasilewska (A Heart of Love [+see also:
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The script was written by Krzysztof Rak (Gods [+see also:
film profile]). Also a renowned jazz singer, director Sadowska’s feature debut, Women’s Day [+see also:
film profile], won the Best Film Award at Cottbus in 2012. The Art of Loving was produced by Krzysztof Terej through Warsaw-based company Watchout Productions (Gods) and was supported by the Polish Film Institute. The film was presented during the 12th CentEast Market Warsaw in October 2016 and screened at the European Film Market at the 67th Berlinale. Its Polish distributor is Next Film, while the international sales are handled by Belgian-French firm Be for Films.
The Art of Loving’s commercial success continues the lucky streak for Polish cinema. In 2016, the two most popular films were local titles Pitbull: Dangerous Women [+see also:
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film profile], which took 2.7 million and 1.9 million admissions, respectively.
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