FNE at Gdynia Film Festival: Baby Blues

    "Baby Blues", dir. Katarzyna Rosłaniec "Baby Blues", dir. Katarzyna Rosłaniec

    GDYNIA: Katarzyna Rosłaniec provokes with a surreal, eye-catching outlook on teenage pregnancy with Baby Blues, screening at the 38th Gdynia fest. The story centers on Natalia (Magdalena Berus), a 17-teen-year-old who got pregnant with her high school boyfriend and is creative but immature. Her child is more of a fashion accessory to its parents then anything else. When the young couple fails to grow up, tragic consequences ensue. Rosłaniec chooses a very youthful, camp aesthetic to convey the feelings and fears of a modern teenager.

    Katarzyna Rosłaniec, one Poland's most popular filmmakers, debuted with Mall Girls, exploring youths offering sex for shopping with a cast of young, amateur actresses. For Baby Blues the director sought out new faces all over the country with the help of MTV and Vica Polska. From a group of over 6,000 candidates, the filmmakers chose a 17-year-old Magdalena Berus for the lead. She and her screen partner Nikodem Rozbicki received glowing reviews after the Polish premiere in January. The production won the Crystal Bear for best film in the generation 14 plus section at the 63rd Berlin IFF and Berus was chosen best actress at 10th Neisse fest (www.neissefilmfestival.de).

    The shoot took place in May and June 2011 in Warsaw, produced by MD4 in co-production with Zentropa International Poland, Telekomunikacja Polska and Warszawa Powiśle with a budget of 6.2 million PLN (EUR 1.5 million) including a 3.5 million PLN in financing from the Polish Film Institute. The film enjoyed a strong opening weekend with over 130,000 tickets sold and had had audiences of over 424,000 to date. Baby Blues is distributed by Kino Świat.

    Director: Kasia Rosłaniec
    Screenplay: Kasia Rosłaniec
    DoP: Jens Ramborg
    Production design: Lise Christensen
    Produced by: MD4
    Producer: Agnieszka Kurzydło
    Co-produced by: Zentropa International Poland, Telekomunikacja Polska,
    Warszawa Powiśle
    Supported by: Polish Film Institute

    Magdalena Berus
    Klaudia Bułka
    Nikodem Rozbicki
    Michał Trzeciakwski
    Danuta Stenka
    Jann Frycz
    Magdalena Boczarska
    Renata Dancewicz
    Mateusz Kościukiewicz.

    Production information:
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    02-536 Warsaw
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