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Meet the 2013 Tribeca Filmmakers #41: Tomasz Wasilewski’s ‘Floating Skyscrapers’ Is the First LGBT Polish Film

Meet the 2013 Tribeca Filmmakers #41: Tomasz Wasilewski's 'Floating Skyscrapers' Is the First LGBT Polish Film

The second feature from from Polish filmmaker, Tomasz
Wasilewski (“In the Bedroom”), “Floating Skyscrapers” tells the story of two men who fall into an intoxicating love despite the opposition from others. Inspired by Pedro Almodovar’s “All About My Mother,”
Ulrich Seidl’s “Paradise: Love,” and Steve
McQueen’s “Shame,” among others, “Floating Skycrapers” is what Wasiewski describes as the first LGBT Polish film.

What it’s about: “Floating Skyscrapers” is a contemporary story about the search for
one’s identity and about being accepted for one’s own true self and
accepting others for who they are. It’s a movie about love. Love between
a girl and a boy. Between boy and a boy. Between a mother and a son,
and a father and a son. It’s about human behavior and dreams, which will
never be found and accepting others for who they are.

About the filmmaker: “Floating Skyscrapers” is my second movie. My debut, “In a Bedroom”
(2012) was shown and awarded at many different international film
festivals – world premiere at Karlovy Vary IFF 2012 and is still
touring. I trained as an assistant director in film as well as in

What else do you want audiences to know about your film? This is THE FIRST Polish LGBT movie.

What was your biggest challenge in developing this project? Getting money for it.

What would you like Tribeca audiences to come away with after seeing your film? I hope my movie, my characters, will stay with the audience. For an hour,
for a day, for a week. I hope they will find a real story, real human
beings in it. I hope they will come into the world of my characters. I
don’t make movies as a political statement. I just want to tell a story
which will be important and meaningful for someone else. 

Did any specific films inspire you? Ulrich Seidl’s “Paradise: Love,” Michael Haneke’s “Hidden,” Darren
Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia,” Steve
McQueen’s “Shame,” François Ozon’s “Swimming Pool” and Pedro Almodóvar’s
“All About My Mother” are just a few of the movies which are my
inspiration. I admire the work of all those directors. They have an
influence on me and my movies. How big? I have no idea.

What do you have in the works? Preparing for writing a script that takes place in NYC.

invited Tribeca Film Festival directors to tell us about their films,
including what inspired them, the challenges they faced and what they’re
doing next. We’ll be publishing their responses leading up to the 2013

Keep checking HERE every day up to the launch of the festival on April 17 for the latest profiles.

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