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Floating Skyscrapers 18 rating

Hailed as ‘Poland’s first LGBT film’, Tomasz Wasilewski’s striking drama follows a champion swimmer whose gay relationship causes ripples.

Drama 2013 89 mins

Director: Tomasz Wasilewski



Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk), a champion swimmer, lives with his mother and girlfriend Sylwia and spends much of his time training for competitions. One evening, he and Sylwia attend a gallery opening where he meets Michal, a handsome youth of the same age, and a new relationship develops. The film follows the course of Kuba’s evolving sexuality and the effect it has on Sylwia and his family, as well as examining the response of an unsympathetic environment.

Tomasz Wasilewski’s second feature film, beautifully shot by Jakub Kijowki, is sensitively acted and sexually provocative, fulfilling the promise of his debut feature, In the Bedroom. Wasilewski’s flair for widescreen composition and use of sound heralds a fresh and original talent. A courageous movie – Wasilewski describes it as ‘the first Polish LGBT film’ – Floating Skyscrapers won first prize in the East of the West competition at Karlovy Vary in 2013.