"Floating Skyscrapers" in Germany

Floating Skycrapers, Photo courtesy of Alter Ego Pictures


June 26, 2014 marked the German theatrical release of Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skyscrapers), a film directed by Tomasz Wasilewski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

German Premiere

Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skycrapers) was released theatrically in Germany on June 26, 2014. The film’s German title is Tiefe Wasser. Distribution of Tomasz Wasilewski’s feature is handled by Salzgeber.

Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skyscrapers)


Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skyscrapers), the second feature film from director Tomasz Wasilewski [following his debut W sypialni (In a Bedroom)], is a contemporary and universal coming-of-age story about the search for one’s own identity and for acceptance. The film’s main protagonist Kuba is a young man who lives with his mother and his girlfriend Sylwia. At first glance, Kuba’s life appears to be organized and stable; he loves his girlfriend, he is a college student in physical education, and is considered to be one of the top contenders in the upcoming swimming competition. One night at a party, he meets Michał. A strong emotional bond forms between the two men. Kuba suddenly finds himself fascinated with another man. Terrified of the emotions that have stirred inside him, Kuba cannot find his place in these new circumstances.

A Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute

The film was produced by Alter Ego Pictures, written and directed by Tomasz Wasilewski, and lensed by Jakub Kijowski. The lead part was played by Mateusz Banasiuk, with supporting performances from Katarzyna Herman, Bartosz Gelner, and Marta Nieradkiewicz. Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skyscrapers) was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Awards in Poland and Abroad

Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skyscrapers) had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City, later winning the ‘East of the West’ section of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which showcases films by first- and second-time directors. At the 38th Gdynia Film Festival, Tomasz Wasilewski received the Award for Young Directing Talent, while Marta Nieradkiewicz was recognized as Best Supporting Actress. Mateusz Banasiuk received the Best Actor Award at the Avvantura IFF in Croatia and at 9th A l’Est, du Nouveau IFF in France. Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skyscrapers) was released theatrically in Poland on November 22, 2013 in the UK on December 6, 2013 and in France on May 14, 2014. World sales are handled by the Berlin-based company Films Boutique.


Paulina Bez