MEMORIES OF SUMMER
MEMORIES OF SUMMER
drama I 2016 I Poland
FRIDAY, 01/11/2019 7:00pm
Original Title: Wspomnienie lata
Duration: 90 min
Language: Polish with English subtitles
Director: Adam Guziński
Writer: Adam Guziński
An intimate, evocative and beautifully shot coming-of-age film by writer-director Adam Guziński, with a dazzling performance by teenage actor Max Jastrzębski. Set against a magical summer world of late 1970s, the film captures the innocence of childhood confronted by unexpected challenges of early adulthood.
It’s a beautiful, endless summer holiday in a small provincial town in the late 1970s. With his father constantly away for work, twelve-year-old Piotrek (Max Jastrzębski) has developed a very strong bond with his beautiful mother Wisia (Urszula Grabowska). Even though he did not go anywhere on holidays, his mother makes sure he has no reason to be bored in an otherwise boring little town. Cycling, swimming, playing cards together, it seems they both make the most of the perfect summer weather. Their special mother and son relationship becomes complicated when his mum starts going out almost every evening. Piotrek feels as if she is hiding something from him. He sees her becoming more anxious and less playful. Entangled in the affairs of adults, Piotrek feels lost and lonely. Spending time with his peers also brings new experiences, his first fascinations and disappointments. When his father Jerzy (Robert Więckiewicz) unexpectedly returns home, Piotrek is torn whether to tell him the truth about Wisia’s secret or stay loyal to his beloved mum.
This is an intimate, beautifully shot piece, which is both nicely-acted and assembeled. Performances are strong and under-stated, with the director keeping a firm hand on a tone which is pleasingly consistent. — Fionnuala Halligan, Screen Daily
Polish film and theatre director, screenwriter, born in 1970. He graduated from the Faculty of Directing at the Film School in Łódź in 1999. In 1998, his school etude Jacob won the Grand Prix Cinéfondation award at the festival in Cannes. His next movie, Antichrist (2002) has been shown at over 80 festivals, receiving numerous awards and honours. He won Grand Prix at the festival in Bilbao, which placed him among candidates for the Academy Award in the category of Best Documentary (Short Subject). His full-length feature film The Boy on the Galloping Horse (2006) was first presented in Cannes in 2006 and later on travelled to over 60 festivals worldwide. Memories of Summer is his second feature film.
AWARDS AND ACCOLADES
WINNER: Crystal Apple for Best Polish Debut, European Film Forum, Łódź I 2016
for: “delicate and full of humanistic sensitivity portrayal of adolescence of a teenager and the drama of his mother, torn between family duties and feminine passion, and for faithfully embedding their story in the realities of the so called PRL, the Communist-led Polish People's Republic."
WINNER: Rising Star (Max Jastrzębski), Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, Cracow I 2017
NOMINATED: The Polish Feature Film Competition - The Kulczyk Foundation Award, Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, Cracow I 2017