Tomasz Wasilewski's (Floating Skyscrapers, Audience Award winner at the 13th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival) latest film is like Chekhov's saddest play and, at the same time, a refreshing postscript to cinema of moral anxiety. The Polish director takes us back to the early 1990s to tell the story of four women who are all close friends. Living in a small town, Agata, Renata, Iza, and Marzena are trying to find their place in a rapidly changing world. This is no easy task since, although wild capitalism rages all around them, people's mentality is still firmly rooted in an earlier era. Wasilewski's protagonists get constantly tossed back and forth between their fidelity to convention and a desire to live life on their own terms. What they desire more than anything, however, is love, which turns out to be alternately toxic and healing, plunging them into depression one moment and bringing them hope the next. Emanating from each scene is an emotional intensity that makes United States of Love not Wasilewski's best film to date and also a work fully worthy of a Silver Bear in Berlin.
Berlin IFF 2016 – Best Screenplay
Tomasz Wasilewski was born in 1980 in Torun. He graduated from the Łódź Film School and then the Warsaw Academy of Film and Television. He was an assistant director on Malgorzata Szumowska's 33 Scenes From Life. He was nominated for a Golden Lion at the festival in Gdynia for his debut feature film, In the Bedroom. His second feature film, Floating Skyscrapers, won the East of the West competition at the festival in Karlovy Vary, as well as the Audience Award at the 13th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw. An award winner for best screenplay at the Berlinale, United States of Love is the biggest international success of his career.
2001 Nawiść (short)
2008 Show jednego człowieka (short)
2012 W sypialni / In a Bedroom
2013 Płynące wieżowce / Floating Skyscrapers
2016 Zjednoczone Stany Miłości / United States of Love