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Tower. A Bright Day

Jagoda Szelc
Wieża. Jasny dzień
Poland 2017 / 106’
The Woman Who Left Western

The multiple-award-winning full-length debut by Jagoda Szelc. Tower. A Bright Day starts out as a drama focused on a first communion ceremony. Initially, everything seems to be going perfectly, especially since down-to-earth Mula is responsible for organizing the family get-together. With the passage of time, however, things get out of control, and the darkening atmosphere starts to evoke the poetics of horror. It all seems connected with the appearance of Mula's sister, a mysterious and taciturn woman who visits her relatives after a six-year absence. Kaja's visit has a hidden purpose, and once it's revealed, nothing will ever be the same again. Combining an original sensibility with the creative use of horror conventions, Tower. A Bright Day is more than just showy fireworks. In the film, Szelc poses important questions about the role of spirituality in the modern world and about a sense of responsibility for the world around us.

Piotr Czerkawski

awards

Polish Film Festival 2017 - Best Debut Director, Best Screenplay; Netia Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema 2018 - Best Film;

Jagoda Szelc

Jagoda Szelc is a graduate of the Graphics Department at the Academy of Fine Arts in Wrocław and the Film School in Łódź. She has made a number of well-received short and documentary films. Her full-length feature debut, Tower. A Bright Day, won the awards for best debut and best screenplay at the Film Festival in Gdynia. In one interview, Szelc said about herself, I was born in Wroclaw, and that satisfies my need for snobbery.

Filmography

2011 Kichot (short, doc.)

2011 Krzycz, jeśli chcesz (short)

2013 Taki pejzaż (short)

2015 Spacer (short, doc.)

2017 Wieża. Jasny dzień / Tower. A Bright Day

Cast & Crew

director Jagoda Szelc
screenplay Jagoda Szelc
cinematography Przemysław Brynkiewicz
editing Anna Garncarczyk
music Teoniki Rozynek
cast Anna Krotoska, Malgorzata Szczerbowska, Anna Zubrzycki, Dorota Łukasiewicz-Kwietniewska, Rafał Kwietniewski
producer Marcin Malatyński, Maciej Chyzyński, Kacper Habisiak, Agnieszka Janowska, Andrzej Jędrzejewski, Marcin Kasiński, Paweł Kosuń, Filip Kovcin, Jacek Nagłowski
production Centrala, Dolnośląski Konkurs Filmowy, Dreamsound Studio, EBH Polska, Heliograf, Odra Film, Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Filmowa, Telewizyjna i Teatralna (PWSFTviT), Polski Instytut Sztuki Filmowej, Studio Filmowe Indeks
Polish distributor Against Gravity
language Polish
colouration colour