Feature film directed by Artur Urbański, 2000. Elzbieta and Marysia - a mother and her teenage daughter. The former is an effusively sentimental woman who is immature in her own way. She strives to use her daughter as a vehicle for realizing her own unfulfilled ambitions and her past dreams of fame...
Elżbieta and Marysia - a mother and her teenage daughter. The former is an effusively sentimental woman who is immature in her own way. She strives to use her daughter as a vehicle for realizing her own unfulfilled ambitions and her past dreams of fame. With this in mind, she does everything to help Marysia become a star fashion model. Marysia surrenders without much opposition to her mother's "promotional" efforts, even though some of these provoke disgust in her. Everything changes when Elżbieta becomes the lover of Książę (Prince), a young man from the clique that Elżbieta has been attempting at all costs to become a part of. Marysia, unable to accept this, runs away from home. She finds shelter with her kind neighbors, who portray themselves as "open to everything" and begin to involve the girl in their perverse erotic games. Upon returning home, Marysia learns that her mother is pregnant. Prince wishes to know nothing of the child and abandons Elżbieta, who decides to give birth anyway. In order to support her growing family, Marysia begins to work as a model and achieves tremendous success. Soon, however, she will have to deal with an even more difficult situation, because Elżbieta passes away while giving birth. Marysia assumes her role, becoming mother to her newborn sister. Is the game about to begin anew?
"Artur Urbański's film explores our abnormal world, one in which all values have been undermined. In this world, children become parents to their own parents, love is limited to sex and humans can be turned into commodities for sale. Paradoxically, beauty is Marysia's curse for it causes others to treat her instrumentally."
" 'Bellissima' is an unusually interesting, formally original film that was made with courage and energy. Artur Urbański explores the world from his own, singular point of view, without forcing himself to be objective, without providing viewers with help in 'digesting' his work." (Malgorzata Sadowska, "Film" Weekly)
"At first one watches this film with a measure of irritation, which at some point, wholly imperceptibly, changes into fascination." (Lech Kurpiewski "Film" Weekly)
- Bellissima. Written and directed by: Artur Urbański. Director of photography: Marian Prokop. Production designer: Agnieszka Zawadowska. Music arranged by: Zbigniew Zbrowski. Editing: Marek Król. Executive producer: Avocado Tv. Featuring: Maria Góralczyk (Marysia Bielak), Ewa Kasprzyk (Elżbieta, Marysia's mother), Paweł Wilczak (neighbour Kuba), Maria Morin-Kielar (Maria, Kuba's girlfriend), Andrzej Czułowski ("Farbowany" / "Painted"), Katarzyna Bargielowska (Baśka, Elżbieta's friend), Łukasz Garlicki ( "Książę" / "Prince"), Bernard Hanaoka (Giordano Mall, Impresario from Milan). Production: Telewizja Polska - Agencja Filmowa (Polish State Television - Film Agency), 2000, color, 61'.
- 2001: Festival of Polish Feature Films, Gdynia - Best Directing Debut for Artur Urbański, Best Actress in a Starring Role for Ewa Kasprzyk
- 2002: International Television Festival, Venice - Young Marco Polo Premio for Artur Urbański, Canal Grande Best Actress Award for Ewa Kasprzyk