Polish director Łukasz Grzegorzek starts filming A Coach’s Daughter
by Ola Salwa
- The film is the second feature by one of Poland’s most promising talents
A Coach’s Daughter [+see also:
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Before Grzegorzek began working in the film industry, he used to be a tennis player and won several medals in Polish championships. “A young contender spends as many as 200 days away from home, which is replaced by cars and motels. In that claustrophobic atmosphere, conflicts are inevitable. The constant travelling from one tournament to another is what made me choose the road-movie genre,” explains the writer-director.
Agata Buzek (a Berlinale Shooting Star in 2010) and Piotr Żurawski (Kamper, Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s Kebab & Horoscope [+see also:
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