Klaudia Kęska’s short film, “Last Days of Summer”, is a beautiful gut-wrenching coming of age story, that doesn’t shy away from dealing with deep and painful subjects.
The film, produced at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Film School at the University of Silesia in Katowice, became a festival star with prestigious selections to Krakow Film Festival, Warsaw film festival, Vienna Shorts and many more.
We recently got a chance to talk with the emerging polish filmmaker, to get to know more about the ideas behind her film, the projects she currently works on, and on the ideas important to her as a filmmaker.
➣ Tell us a little bit about your way as an upcoming filmmaker.
➤ I am 31 years old. After finishing two masters’ degrees in Warsaw, I moved to Katowice to study film directing at The Krzysztof Kieslowski Film School. I wrote and directed several short fiction films and documentaries which received numerous awards and nominations.
Currently, I am developing my full-length documentary about women on cargo ships and writing my first full-length feature film.
– Kęska onset of “Last Days of Summer”
➣ What was the process leading up to the making of “Last Days of Summer”?
➤ In “Last days of summer”, my idea was to tell a story that includes the classic tragic choice of the protagonist. I wanted to bring this classic device into a story relating to current social issues, such as class discrimination, immigration and sexual, emotional and physical harassment.
It is always important for me to create an alluring world. In order to achieve this, I focus on details and visual aspects.
➣ Tell us about a filmmaker you admire or look up to.
➤ I admire Federico Fellini because he used to portray people in a beautiful way. Moreover, he used impressive visual language.
➣ What are your main goals and hopes for the future?
➤ My plans for the future are closely linked to my current projects. I would like them to be produced and released at film festivals and cinemas for a broad audience.
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