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Swimming Pool

DOCUMENTARY
director: Filip Antoni Malinowski
75/52min, Austria / Poland
status: project development, shooting: 2019
planned release: 2020

Mr. Kuczma (65) is a mechanical engineer and now security in the former open-air swimming pool of a Polish small town. Under shady treetops he gazes wistfully at the young swimmers passing by in the sports pool – in the background is the brutalist architecture still built under communism.

Justyna, a single woman working the night shift at Amazon; Marcin, an 18-year-old former youth pianist; the religious woman Magda, who had a near-death experience in the pool; and Bartek, the lifeguard who actually does breakdance and wants to emigrate to California. Their thoughts on the future and the past – on their hopes and on the transformation of the Polish state weave themselves into a poetic river while swimming in the same water basin.