EN - Andrzej and Michal are two young teenagers who return every summer to the small tourist village of Siemiany in the Polish countryside. But Michal and Andrzej aren’t the only visitors. Lukasz, Michal’s older brother, has a gun and is the leader of a gang of bleached blonde boys. Agnieszka, a 14-year-old Lolita whom Michal secretly loves, has developed an interest in Lukasz and tries everything to impress his gang. But Michal also looks up to Lukasz and since he can’t have Agnieszka, he starts exploring girls by seducing Lukasz’s girlfriend. Andrzej who gets his hair violently bleached by Lukasz to make him look less ‘gay’ - runs away after he sees his best friend being taken away from him by a girl.

NL - Andrzej en Michal zijn twee jonge tieners die elkaar om het jaar terug zien in het toeristisch plattelandsdorpje ‘Siemiany’ in Polen. Hun vriendschap omvat een jarenlange geschiedenis aan gebeurtenissen. En door de verveling van het platteland en het gevoel van samenhorigheid die er tussen deze jonge kerels leeft, reikt hun vriendschap een niveau van seksueel geladen intimiteit.

FR - Andrzej et Michal sont deux adolescents qui reviennent tous les étés dans le petit village touristique «Siemiany », dans la campagne polonaise. Leur amitié a grandi en années de souvenirs et l’ennui à la campagne apporte une nouvelle dimension, d’intimité sexuelle, à leur relation. Mais Michal et Andrzej ne sont pas les seuls visiteurs de Siemiany. Lukasz, le frère ainé de Michal, possède un fusil et est le chef d’un groupe de jeunes blonds décolorés. Agnieszka, une lolita de 14 ans que Michal aime en secret, s’intéresse à Lukasz et met tout en oeuvre pour impressionner la bande. Mais Michal admire aussi Lukasz et comme il ne peut avoir Agnieszka, il comment à aller vers les autres filles en séduisant la petite amie de Lukasz. De son côté, Andrzej, qui s’est fait décolorer les cheveux violement par Lukasz pour « avoir l’air moins gay » - s’enfuit après avoir vu son meilleur ami s’éloigner de lui à cause d’une fille.

PL - Andrzej i Michał to nastoletni chłopcy, którzy każdego roku przyjeżdżają razem do Siemian, niewielkiej miejscowości turystycznej z dala od miasta. Ich przyjaźń tworzą już lata wspaniałych wspomnień. Niemniej znużenie wiejskim otoczeniem i silna więź między chłopcami nada ich przyjaźni zupełnie nowy charakter zabarwionej seksualnością bliskości.

Info

Title Siemiany
Original title Siemiany
Original language Polish
Status Completed
Production Majority Flemish
Category Shorts
Genre Coming of age
Year 2009

Credits

Cast Damian Ul, Michal Wlodarczyk, Kamil Grenda, Aleksandra Radwanska, Joanna Opozda
Photography Nicolas Karakatsanis
Editing Tom Denoyette
Sound Antoine Vandendriessche
Art director Simon Van Laar
Costume Pola Gomolka
Makeup Anna Kolyga
Music Raf Keunen
Set photoghrapher Bram Goots
Camera Thomas Caselli
Soundmix Yves De Mey

Technical specs

Running time film 18'10''
Release format 35 mm
Other available formats Quicktime HD, DCP, DVD Pal, online
Aspect ratio 1:2.35 (scope)
Sound format Stereo
Colour Colour
Available in 2D

Partners

Supported by JINT, La Bonita, Galaxy Studios, Sonicville, Czar, Epidemic, SIEBER, The Fridge, Fabuleux Marcel de Bruxelles, SPOT Productions Poland

Festivals

2011: Premier Plans Angers (FR)

2010: Festival du Court Métrage Clermont-Ferrand (FRA) / Berlin International Film Festival (DEU) / IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival (PRT) / Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival (DEU) / Festival du court métrage de Bruxelles (USA) / Seattle International Film Festival (USA) / Expression e corto International Film Festival (MEX) / ERA New Horizons International Film Festival (POL) / Priverno International Short Film Festival (ITA) / Thai short Film and Video festival (THA) / FreeNetWorld International Film Festival (SRB) / Festival Internacional de Cortometrajes La Noche de los Cortos (PER) / Aye Aye Film Festival (FRA) / Nederlands Film Festival (NLD) / Open Student Film Festival (RUS) / Festival International du Film Francophone de Namu (BE) / International Short Film Festival Paris Court Devant  (FRA) / La Boca del Lobo (ESP) / Alcine International Film Festival (ESP) / Damascus International Film Festival (SYR) / Festival International du Film d'Amiens (FRA) / Festival International Séquence Court-Métrage (FRA) / Brief Encounters International Short Film Festival (GBR) / Finnish Short Film and Documentary Film Festival (FIN) / Kettupäivät Short and Documentary Film Festiva (FIN) / Rencontres Henri Langlois International Film Schools Festival (FRA) / Ramallah International Film Festival (PSE) / Shnit International Shortfilmfestival (CHE) / Brooklyn Film Festival (US) / Baghdad International film festival (IRQ) / Montreal Underground film festival (CAN)

Awards

2011: ARTE prize for best european short film (Premiers Plans Angers) / Grand prix national (Festival Inrternational des écoles de cinema)

2010: Best Short Film Award (Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival) / Best DOP Award (Festival du court métrage de Bruxelles) / Special Mention for Best Direction (Priverno International Short Film Festival) / Winner Best International Short Film, Best Director, Best cinematography, Best editing, Best Actor (estival Internacional de Cortometrajes La Noche de los Cortos) / Winner Prix Spécial du Jury (Rencontres Henri Langlois International Film Schools Festival) / Winner Best International Short Film (Paris Courts Devant) / Best Short Film (Sehsüchte International Student Film Festival)

2009: Best Debut Award (International Short Film Festival Leuven)

Siemiany continues to score

Philip James McGoldrick’s Berlinale 2010 selected short Siemiany, has been confirmed for its 40th festival selection. The film is selected in official competition at the third Baghdad International Film Festival (3-10 October 2011). Siemiany is in the running for a Golden Prize for Best Short Film, awarded by an international jury.

Set photo from Philip James McGoldrick's new project Subaru Up and coming director McGoldrick is currently working on the next instalment of Siemiany, called Subaru. The film is being shot in Poland from 3 to 7 October. Both films form part of his Michal Kowalski Trilogy, which takes its name from the series’ leading character.

Published on Friday 7 October 2011

Siemiany wins Arte Prize in Angers

Philip James McGoldrick's short Siemiany won the Arte Prize at this year's 23rd Premiers Plans Angers European Film Festival, making it the 11th kudo the film was awarded with since its world première at last year's Berlinale.

SiemianyThe short is the debut of Brussels-based Philip James McGoldrick. Apart from directing the short, he also wrote the story and co-produced the film with a.o. Ben Vandendaele, Sieber Marly and Simon Van Laar. Since its world première screening at last year's Berlinale's Generation 14+ programme, Siemiany toured well over 40 fests around the globe.

Published on Tuesday 1 February 2011

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Director Philip James McGoldrick
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