A Coach's Daughter, the latest film by Łukasz Grzegorzek, the director of the hit film Kamper, will make its world premiere during this year's 18th edition of the New Horizons International Film Festival. Audiences will have a chance to see the opening day of the festival in Wrocław, 26 July.
A Coach's Daughter is a story filled with subtle humor about growing up and searching for one's own identity. A teenager's father dreams that she will become the Polish champion in tennis, but she does everything she can to get away from the sport. With A Coach's Daughter, Łukasz Grzegorzek proves himself yet again, and the energetic duo of Jacek Braciak and Karolina Bruchnicka are the perfect driving force for the film.
One of the hallmarks of New Horizons is the presentation of bold, unpretentious films by young artists. The premiere of the A Coach's Daughter is a perfect example this principle.
Producer Natalia Grzegorzek had this to say: "The Wrocław festival is a completely unique event for me and for many of the members of our crew. We've been coming here over the years to watch several films a day and then discuss them until the wee hours of the morning. Our taste in films was shaped here. I'm really happy that A Coach's Daughter will make its world premiere at New Horizons. I can't wait for the discussions after the screening!"
More about the film
It's a blistering hot summer. Maciej Kornet (Jacek Braciak) is traveling around Poland with his 17-year-old daughter, Wiktoria (Karolina Bruchnicka). It's been only the two of them for years, always together. The route they take is determined by where tennis competitions are being held. She is the apple of his eye, while he's her entire whole world. At least until they're joined by Igor (Bartłomiej Kowalski), a promising player who Maciej starts training. As a result, Wiktoria opens herself up to new experiences: her first cigarette, her first glass of alcohol, her first love. The three of them embark on a long journey in a beat-up van during which they all want to achieve their own goals.
Łukasz Grzegorzek had this to say: "In A Coach's Daughter, the most interesting thing for me is the tough love between the gentle and optimistic daughter and her father, who acts like it's him against the world. My protagonist is a particular type of rebel: a naive, anachronistic freak. But I love him dearly nonetheless."
A Coach's Daughter will appear in Polish cinemas on 1 March 2019.
Starring: Jacek Braciak, Karolina Bruchnicka, Agata Buzek, Bartłomiej Kowalski, Piotr Żurawski and others
Director: Łukasz Grzegorzek; Screenplay: Krzysztof Umiński, Łukasz Grzegorzek; Cinematography: Weronika Bilska; Production Design: Natalia Giza; Costume Design: Wiola Uliasz; Sound: Błażej Kafarski; Editing: Maria Zuba; Makeup: Anna Buttny
The film was produced by Natalia Grzegorzek from Koskino. Co-producers: TVP SA, Jacek Braciak, Krakow Festival Office, Łukasz Grzegorzek
Co-financing: Polish Film Institute, Krakow Regional Film Fund from the budget of the Municipality of Krakow and the budget of the Małopolska Voivodeship
The film's distributor is Akson Dystrybucja.