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A thirtysomething on the road


Only nine months after the Gdynia Polish Film Festival (September 2005), the latest film from young Polish director Anna Jadowska is being released.

It’s Me, Now won Jadowska the Best Film award at the festival and was recently presented in the Perspectives section at the Moscow International Film Festival, while her previous title, Touch Me, picked up Best Film at the independent competition at Gdynia in 2003). The director’s short film, Corridor, was presented at Cannes as part of the Europe in Shorts X: Eastern Europe section in 2005.

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Jadowska made It’s Me, Now specifically for audiences of her own generation –thirtysomethings. In the style of a road movie, she tells the story of Hanka (Agnieszka Warchulska) – a woman in her thirties who suddenly decides, for no apparent reason, to leave her house and boyfriend to go hitchhiking. She breaks off all contact in order to find herself. However, as she doesn’t really know where, how and what exactly to look for, she finds nothing.

The mood of torment and uncertainty is accentuated by the fast narrative and editing rhythm, minimal dialogue and music from Polish group Skalpel. Photography was done by Robert Mleczko and Aleksander Jacqua, while Jadowska wrote the film’s script for the Ekran International Workshop, organised by the Wajda School and supervised by Andrzej Wajda, Wojciech Marczewski and Agnieszka Holland.

The €235,000 film was funded by the Swiss programme FOCAL, the German fund Nordmedia, the Norwegian Development Fund, the Media Plus Programme and TVP. Distribution is being handled by SPInka.

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(Translated from French)

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