For her role as Marysia in Sławomir Fabicki's portrait of a couple fighting for their love - Loving, Polish actress Julia Kijowska receives the Best Female Actress Award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece.
Julia Kijowska and Marcin Dorociński in Sławomir Fabicki's "Loving", photo: Warsaw Film Festival
For her role as Marysia in Sławomir Fabicki's Loving, Polish actress Julia Kijowska receives the Best Female Actress Award at the Thessaloniki International Film Festival in Greece.
A story about a traumatic event, a portrait of a husband and wife, a film about love that after many years needs to be redefined in order to survive. "This is not an unusual story. [...] The film shows an everyday situation, but what is most important is what happens between the lines." Julia Kijowska told the Polish Press Agency.
Loving is Sławomir Fabicki's second feature film. The story of a married couple trying to make it through a crisis is not only a portrait of relationships, it is a portrait of women. In an interview for culture.pl, Fabicki said he believes women are stronger than men and braver in the face of adversity. These views are visible through the movie. Marysia, that character that Kijowska plays, carries the burden of the trauma and fights to save the relationship and herself. Her husband, Tomek, goes back and forth, acting like the victim and the hangman. As played by Marcin Dorocinski, Tomek only finds peace in his wife's arms.
Loving is Kijowska and Dorocinski's fifth movie together. "It was as if Marcin and I were at war with ourselves and with our emotions,” Kijowska comments. "We really needed each other as partners, as actors, as people. I feel that we would not have managed it without each other."
Julia Kijowska was born in 1981, and graduated from the Warsaw Theatre Academy. She has been acting at the Teatr Dramatyczny in Warsaw since 2006. She has received awards for her work including the Warsaw Felix Theatre Award in 2007. She has appeared in films including Agnieszka Holland's In Darkness (2011), Julia Kolberger's I Won't Be Here Tommorow (2010), Jan Jakub Kolski's Venice (2010) and Katarzyna Adamik's The Offsiders (2008).
The Thessaloniki International Film Festival is one of the important festivals in the Balkans presenting the work of young filmmakers.
Sources: Thessaloniki International Film Festival, culture.pl
Editor: Marta Jazowska