ME AND MY BROTHER
Dawid is fourteen years old and the thing he needs the most in his life right now is a father. The problem is though, his father is imprisoned right now, serving a seven-year sentence, and the only mean of contacting is by shouting through a prison wall. The Mother forbids Dawid from seeing his father, as she’s afraid of Dawid following his footsteps. She herself undertakes an effort to improve her family’s difficult situation, a situation in which they’re stuck for two years now. Dawid tries his best to support her. He’s taking care of her, while simultaneously taking over a role of the father in the eyes of his younger brother, Michał, who is nine. To forget about his daily worries, Dawid practices judo, and he’s pretty good at it, too. When he manages to win the nationals, his mother invites Konrad – his coach – over, for dinner and celebration. Dawid starts suspecting his mother and the coach are having a fling…
In my movie I want to set together extreme situations and states, combining fragile and hard, funny and tragic, physical and spiritual. My film is supposed to be drama, but the one that gives hope, despite its obvious load of obscurity, because, before everything else, it’s a story about bitter childhood, and a family stuck in an inability, both on the outside and inside, but still a family which is determined to not let the opportunity for a better life slip through their fingers.
Maciej Sobieszczański is a director and a scriptwriter. He graduated from the Faculty of Theatre Knowledge at the Theatre Academy, and also from the Faculty of Screenwriting at Łódź Film School and Directing at Wajda School. He’s an author of several film scripts. His screenplay debut also happened to be a directorial debut of a prominent Ukrainian director and cinematographer Valentin Vasyanovich, winner of the Golden Lion for best film in the Horizon section at the Venice Film Festival (2019). Sobieszczański as a director debuted together with Łukasz Ronduda with the film “Performer”, a story from the borderland of the arts, whose main character was an authentic figure, the outstanding Polish artist Oskar Dawicki. The film had its premiere at the Berlin International Film Festival in 2015 and received the “Think: The Award” award. The film has been shown in the most important galleries around the world, including the Tate Modern in London. For his second film “Zgoda”/ “Reconciliation” he received the award for the best director at the 2017 Montreal IFF.
For 10 years he has been working in Wajda School as vice program director and lecturer, where, together with Wojciech Marczewski and Paweł Pawlikowski he co-creates a program for debuting directors – Development Lab. In 2010 he co-created the first stationary scriptwriting faculty in Poland, at Łódź Film School, where he also teaches.
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