Directed by Magnus von Horn
Poland, Sweden | 80min | 2020 | Polish
Sweat recounts three days in the life of fitness motivator Sylwia Zając, whose presence on social media has made her a celebrity. Although she has hundreds of thousands of followers, is surrounded by loyal employees and admired by acquaintances, she is looking for true intimacy.
Director: Magnus von Horn
Screenplay: Magnus von Horn
Cinematography: Michał Dymek
Editing: Agnieszka Glińska
Production Design: Jagna Dobesz
Sound Design: Michał Robaczewski
Cast: Magdalena Koleśnik, Julian Świeżewski, Aleksandra Konieczna, Zbigniew Zamachowski
Production Company: Lava Films – Mariusz Włodarski
Co-production Companies: Zentropa Sweden, Film i Väst, DI Factory, ITI Neovision S.A., „EC1 Łódź – Miasto Kultury”, Opus Film
With support of: Polish Film Institute, Swedish Film Institute, Media Creative Europe
Associate Producers: Sophie Erbs, Tom Dercourt
Festivals & Awards
Cannes 2020 Official Selection
Smartly focused story about the life and lack of soul of a social influencer (…)
An accomplished and satisfyingly hard-edged drama (…)
Sweat confirms Magnus von Horn’s status as a rising talent; it’s certainly one of the more textured and rewarding features to deal with the phenomenon of modern celebrity. With or without the Cannes Label, it would seem to be a strong contender for a healthy festival run. Theatrical interest is also likely, although given the fact that the central character only seems fully alive when she is recording bite-sized motivational messages for her 600,000 followers online, a VOD release might also be a natural fit.
Magdelena Kolesnik is well cast in the central role, capturing a brittle quality to the doggedly honed physical perfection.