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Girls’ Stories

Girls’ Stories

Dziewczyńskie historie
Aga Borzym
Poland
2023
62 min
International Premiere
IDFA Competition for Youth Documentary
Synopsis

Jagoda and Zuzia giggle in the opening scenes in the way that only 11-year-old girls can. Together they are the center of their own changing world. On the face of it, not much happens in the lives of these Polish best friends, but big changes are on the way. The end of primary school is in sight, and the girls are impatiently awaiting first love, budding breasts and first periods.

They philosophize, sometimes with surprising maturity and irony, about their parents, their future, and the ups and downs of school. With the arrival of pimples and new insecurities comes rebelliousness, rolling eyes and the realization that the expectations of girls compared to boys are sometimes unfair.

This coming-of-age documentary, recognizable to many, is told entirely from the perspective of the two eloquent girls, both together and individually. They interview adults in their families, asking confrontational questions about choices in life and love. These unfiltered slices of life are light-heartedly punctuated by short stop-motion jokes.

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Credits
62 min
color
DCP
Spoken languages: Polish
Director
    Aga Borzym
    Aga Borzym
Production
    Marta Dużbabel for Pinot Films,
    Agnieszka Rostropowicz for Pinot Films
    Marta Dużbabel for Pinot Films,
    Agnieszka Rostropowicz for Pinot Films
Co-production
    Andrzej Łucjanek for Fixa Film,
    Katarzyna Kostecka for Canal +, Poland,
    Aga Borzym,
    Kachna Baraniewicz
    Andrzej Łucjanek for Fixa Film,
    Katarzyna Kostecka for Canal +, Poland,
    Aga Borzym,
    Kachna Baraniewicz
Cinematography
    Kachna Baraniewicz
    Kachna Baraniewicz
Animation
    Monika Kuczyniecka
    Monika Kuczyniecka
Editing
    Aga Borzym
    Aga Borzym
Sound
    Aga Borzym,
    Aleksandra Landsman
    Aga Borzym,
    Aleksandra Landsman
Sound Design
    Marcin Lenarczyk
    Marcin Lenarczyk
Music
    Barbara Wrońska
    Barbara Wrońska
Screenplay
    Aga Borzym
    Aga Borzym
Involved TV Channel
    Canal +, Poland
    Canal +, Poland
World Sales
    KFF Sales & Promotion
    KFF Sales & Promotion
Screening copy
    Pinot Films
    Pinot Films

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