Gdynia Polish Film Festival Competition spotlight: Little Rose

By Katarzyna Grynienko

Director Jan Kidawa-Błoński's Little Rose is a story about a dangerous love triangle set in the Poland of the 1960's, where betrayal could have a political context. The script, by Kidawa-Błoński and Maciej Karpiński, is based on the character of Paweł Jasienica, a famous writer.

{mosimage} He marries a younger, beautiful "girl from nowhere" despite the indignation of his colleagues. Blinded by love, he doesn't suspect that his controversial relationship is not accidental. His new wife is secretly involved with a government agent and informs on her husband under the code name is "Little Rose." The co-operation with the agent turns into passion, but she realizes that she is just a tool in a political game.

"Little Rose is not a film about Jasienica, but about the methods of infiltration and the repression of the creative circles at the end of the 1960's. The title of the film brings attention to the female agent, not the writer. This was what intrigued us about the topic. Despite the whole historic background, Little Rose is a story about love, passion and the price one is ready to pay for them. The title character decides to co-operate with the secret service not because she wants to serve the communist system, but to please the man she loves, who turns out to be an agent," Kidawa- Błoński said of the film.

{mosimage} Kidawa-Błoński is an accomplished Polish director and film producer. Between 1982 and 1991 he was a member of the Silesia Film Company, and after it disbanded he joined the OKO and Zodiak companies. From 1990 and 1994 he was the chariman of the Polish Filmmakers Association (www.sfp.org.pl). Since 1991 he has been the chairman and co-owner of the Gambit Production film studio.

For Little Rose he cast Andrzej Seweryn, a legend of Polish cinema and theather, to play the role of the writer. He is joined by Magdalena Boczarska as "Little Rose" and Robert Więckiewicz as the agent.

{mosimage} Little Rose was produced by the Documentary and Feature Film Production Company (www.wfdif.com.pl) in co-production with Telekomunikacja Polska S.A. (www.tvp.pl) and Monolith Films (www.monolith.pl). The budget of the film was 5.5 million PLN (EUR 1.3 million) with 2.3 million PLN financing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl).

The movie premiered in Poland on March 12, 2010, and the national distributor is Monolith Films.

Director - Jan Kidawa-Błoński

Screenwriter - Maciej Karpiński, Jan Kidawa-Błoński

Cinematographer - Piotr Wojtowicz

Music - Michał Lorenc

Set design - Joanna Białousz

Costumes - Ewa Krauze

Production manager - Paweł Manotorski

Producer - Włodzimierz Niderhaus

Co-producers - Mariusz Łukomski, Dominique Lesage, Magdalena Kubicka

Production company - Documentary and Feature Film Production Company (WFDiF)

Co-production - Telekomunikacja Polska S.A., Monolith Films

Co-financing - Polish Film Institute

Distributor - Monolith Film

Andrzej Seweryn, Magdalena Boczarska, Robert Więckiewicz, Grażyna Szapołowska, Jan Frycz

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