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What Poles do in the shadows

'United States of Love' - directed by: Tomasz Wasilewski, 2016

July 9th, Thursday

video essay, discussion
Radio Wrocław Kultura, YouTube, Spotify, Facebook

What Poles do in the shadows? Quite a lot. Although today less and less things are considered embarrassing – it wasn’t always like that. Polish culture, including cinema, was fortified by a whole range of taboos. The film we will look at in this episode – “United States of Love” by Tomasz Wasilewski was made four years ago. It tells the story of Poland from three decades ago, especially the story of women.

The intricate construction of “United States of Love” led the film to winning the Silver Bear at the Berlinale – Berlin International Film Festival for its script. The award made the film interesting for distributors from many countries. On the screen we can see intertwined stories of four “women on the verge of a nervous breakdown”. However, “United States of Love” does not have the southern charm of Almodovar’s film, but the weight of Europe on the eastern side of the Iron Curtain, which has just fallen with a bang.