Gdynia Polish Film Festival Competition Spotlight: City of The Sea

    Gdynia film festival sees the premiere of locally set City of The Sea, a love story takes place against the background of Gdynia's harbor.

    {mosimage}City of The Sea is the story of a beautiful local girl and a Krzysztof, who came to the seaside in search for a better job. Initially the girl's father is antagonistic toward the stranger. Krzysztofhopes for a job at the harbor building site to help the young couple stay together. They secretly wed and soon after that discover that the foreign investment has collapsed. The small village of Gdynia seems to loose its chance to grow in to a city, until Denmark and Belgium decide to engage in the project, creating several job for the Pomeranian workers. The unusual story of the birth of a city is based on the novel titled Tak trzymać by Stanisława Fleszarowa. The script covers three years between 1923 and 1926.

    The movie was shot between August and December 2008 in Gdańsk, Gdynia, Sopot, Kluki, Hel, Babie Doły and Wejherowo. City of The Sea is directed by Andrzej Kotowski, a film and television director and a teacher at the Warsaw Film Academy. The director invited a talented cast of both experienced and young Polish actors to this project including Julia Pietrucha, Małgorzata Foremniak, Jakub Strzelecki, Piotr Domagała and Marian Dziędziel.

    {mosimage}Kotowski had planned to shot this picture 20 years, ago but was blocked by the government, and later was hindered by the lack of sufficiant funding. The film was finally produced by Profilm with the support of the Polish Film Institute and the Munincipal Offices of Gdynia and Gdańsk. City of the Sea is produced by Profilm Agencja Filmowa in co-operation with Polish Public Television - Film Agency (www.tvp.pl). ProFilm informed FNE that the total budget of the project was 6.5 million PLN ( €1.5 million). The movie received 3 million PLN financing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pif.pl).

    The Polish premiere is planned for October 9, 2009.

    {mosimage}The official website of the film is: www.miastozmorza.pl

    Director - Andrzej Kotowski
    Screenwriter - Andrzej Kotowski
    Cinematographer - Adam Bajerski
    Set design - Jacek Osadowski
    Music composer - Tomasz Gąskowski

    Julia Pietrucha
    Małgorzata Foremniak
    Jakub Strzelecki
    Piotr Domagała
    Marian Dziędziel

    {mosimage}Production contact:
    Al. Niepodległości 809A, 87-810 Sopot
    tel.: 58 524 73 72
    fax: 58 524 73 7
    email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
    www: http://www.profilm.com.pl

    Last modified on 21-07-2012