Growing

Ewa is a young woman at caregiving early stage career. She is taking up training in a medical simulation unit, where she participates in lifelike role-plays and impersonates medical mannequins within simulated procedures. The uniformed model of reality Ewa functions in is designed to prepare her for fulfilling her future functions in a seamless manner. Ewa gradually loses recognition between the simulation and reality what yields a conflict between the model she is trained to exist in and herself. In between the confusion, lucidity and dream, she eventually acts on her own.

Backstage

A former student of the National Film School in Łódź, where Polanski also studied (Repulsion, Rosemary’s Baby), Wieczorek is the heir to a cinematographic heritage of horror. Sweat, lymph, metal, blood: her film borrows from body-horror (a sub-genre in which bodies are shown to transform violently under the effect of events such as illness) and from slasher (another horror sub-genre, in which a psychopath who kills with a knife is often portrayed); but it also seeks to reinvest them: unlike the women in these films, who are usually given a passive role, here, the character of Ewa makes a choice. (…)
Faced with the vision of a contagious pregnancy, and then the mutilation of a little being, it is not disgust or fear that seizes us, but a fever, like after a beating. The brutality of the images is the only possible response to the violence suffered by all these women who have a mother’s destiny imposed upon them by a social and cultural mechanism. It is also a way of alerting us to the current political context in Poland, where the right to abortion was abolished in October 2020. It should be remembered that 42 per centof women in the world still do not have access to this human right.

fragm. of „Chambre Froid / Cold Room” a text by Estelle Benazet HEUGENHAUSER

Artist talk

Stills

Teaser

Film info

Original / English title: Growing
Country of production: France
Year of completion: 2021
Film type: Short, Fiction
Genre / Interest: Horror / Body-horror / Sci-fiction
Running time: 17:25 min
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English, French
Shooting format: Digital 2.8K
Picture: Colour
Aspect ratio: 1:1,85
Frequency: 24fps
Sound: 5.1
Screening formats: DCP, ProRes, Blu-Ray

Credits

Written and directed by
Agata Wieczorek

Direction of photography
Joanna Kakitek

Sound Director
Jeremy Liccardo d’Angela

Editor
Magdalena Urbańska

Director assistant on set
Lauren Oliel

Cast

Ewa
Doctor 1
Doctor 2
Little girl
Mannequin
Mother’s voice

Technical team coordinator and light master

Dominika Walo
Michał Włodarczyk
Viktoria Zamysłowska
Nela Wieczorek
Nina Andre
Agnieszka Korzeniowska

Maxime Velé

Unit 1

1st assistant camera
2nd assistant camera
Gaffer
Steadicam

Virginie Awad
Roméo Gelin
Maxime Velé
Simon Véniel

Unit 2

Cameraman
1st assistant camera
2nd assistant camera
Gaffer

FX artist
Make-up artist
Assistant make-up artist
Set manager
Costume master



Appearing

Maxime Velé
Romeo Gelin
Alexandre Crozet
Noémie Capronnier

David Scherer
Léa Théaux-Mizac
Marine Desterke
Camille Bernard, Claire Brancotte
Camille Bernard

Anhar Salem
Vincent Dualt
Kendra Mclaughlin
Charles Fossprez
Vitoria Zmysłowska

Alimentation coordination


Alimentation

Guillaume Delsert

Guillaume Delsert
Charles Fossprez
Magalie Mobetie

Color grading

Marcin Kuszmar

Sound engineer
Assistant sound engineer
Sound mixing and editing
Sound recordist
Sound recordist
Foley artist

Subtitles

Jeremy Liccardo d’Angela
Guillaume Sulowski
Geoffrey Durcak
Benjamin Poilane
Kajetan Dziak
Gilles Marsalet

Jérémy Robert

Produced by
Le Fresnoy Studio National des Arts Contemporains

Artistic support
Production Manager

Athina Rachel Tsangari
Estelle Benazet

With thanks to

Direction and the team of the
Centre de simulation PRESAGE Université de Lille | Faculté de médecine Henri Warembourg :

Hélène Bourgeois
Gilles Lebuffe

For their sharing the space and equipment of PRESAGE for the film,
Thomas Paget for his kindness, time and engagement in realisation of the film.

Maxime Velé
for his assistance and engagement in organisation of the technical Team.

Geoffrey Durcak
for his personal engagement and help in sound post-produtcion.

Director of La Petite Galerie du Monde:

Luc Hosspied
For his trust and sharing his space for the film.

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