|Opening Film (1)||New Currents (26)|
|Asian Spectrum: Post 98 Indonesian Women’s Cinema (9)||Polemics: Maternity in Question (6)|
|Transmediascape (8)||Queer Rainbow: Generation to Generation (13)|
|Open Cinema (4)||Asian Short Film & Video Competition (19)|
|Documentary Ock Rang Award (1)||Media Workshop for Women Migrants: Asian Wonder Women, ACTION! (11)|
|NAWFF Seoul 2010 (4)|
Toronto International Film Festival 2009 Program Note
Best Debut Director / Polish Film Festival 2009
Shopping Malls are the contemporary temples of consumerism, colorful shop windows, shiny jewelry, expensive cosmetics, and the newest fashion. Here Milena and her friends spend their free time. Rich men who give them presents pay for their shopping - sometimes it is only pink headband. Shortly, a new girl - delicate and sensitive Alicja, joins the class group. At first she feels alienated, but soon she becomes one of them. Alicja and Milena start to bond and there is an affectionate relationship between them. At the same time Michal/, Alicja’s peer, falls in love with her. He becomes a rival for Milena.
Mall Girls starts with an elevator running in a glitzy shopping mall. Inside the elevator, Milena and other girls are talking. A shopping mall is a place where city girls are tempted by consumption to hang around. Milena and her friends live with the fashionable clothes, shoes and accessories in the mall. It is also the place where they start sexual relations. This film tells about what shopping malls would mean to girls these days. It also casts an eye on the Polish society being driven by the enormous stream of consumerism. The electronic displays, commercial flyers, and spectacular show windows in the city compose the desire of the girls. They recognize each other via their clothes or cell phone brands. Alicja, who recently moved in, has an old cell phone and is being snubbed by the other girls. So she steps into the new world of Melina, and pursues inappropriate sexual trades through her new fancy cell phone. Mall Girls talks about the low class Polish girls who wander around shopping malls, clubs, sexual relations and trades in the spectacular consumeris/m-oriented society. At the same time, it also tells the stories of girls as they grow up amid peer culture, sexual relations, obsessions, and family troubles. First time director Kasia Rosłaniec takes a calm and realistic look at the lives of Polish girls without any fantasy or rhetoric. (KWON Eun-sun)
Toronto International Film Festival 2009
Kasia ROSŁANIECKasia ROSŁANIEC
Born in 1980. A graduate of the Economy Dept. at the University of Gda’nsk (2004) and the graduate of directing at the Warsaw Film School (2006). She also finished a Feature Film Course in Master School of Film Directing of Andrzej Wajda (2008). She is participated in the Script Laboratory for the Young Screenwriters (2007) of the Association of the Polish Filmmakers. Film Mall Girls is her fulllength feature film debut.