Grzegorz Zariczny’s full-length feature debut, Waves, has been selected for the Main Competition at the 51st International Film Festival to be held in Karlov Vary from 1st to 9th July. The festival screening will be the film’s world premiere and Waves, produced by Munk Studio, which operates within the structures of the Polish Filmmakers Association, will be the only Polish title battling it out for the prestigious Crystal Globe award.
Grzegorz Zariczny responded to the news that his film has qualified by commenting: I know that I’m only just setting out along the road and that I still have an awful lot to learn. But when you suddenly find out that a festival of this magnitude has selected your first full-length film for the competition, then a sense of reinforcement fills your heart, there’s a feeling that it really is worth following the cinema path I chose almost fifteen years ago.
Waves tells the story of two lively and likeable seventeen-year-old girls, Ania and Kasia, who are unable to count their parents and are forced to make their own way in the world. They live in Krakow’s industrial district of Nowa Huta, where they are in the throes of work experience at a small hairdressing salon. Both of them are aiming to become professional hairdressers. As they grow closer to one another, a deep bond is forged between them. Then, one day, Ania’s long-absent mother appears, disrupting her daughter’s equanimity. The film features Katarzyna Kopeć and Ania Kąsek, the two girls whose lives were the inspiration behind the film. They are partnered on screen by a cast of professional actors which includes Beata Schimscheiner, Artur Krajewski and Edyta Torhan.
The cinematography is the work of Weronika Bilska, who has collaborated extensively with both Munk Studio and Grzegorz Zariczny. The duo’s previous ventures include The Whistle, a documentary short which won a Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. The scenery and costumes were the responsibility of Grzegorz Piątkowski and Julia Jarża, respectively, while the make-up was handled by Beata Rółkowska. Sylwia Rajdaszka fulfilled the role of production director. The film’s general release is planned for the autumn of 2016.