Monika Kotecka, Karolina Pogryzala / 14’ / 2017 / Polonia

Direction: Monika Kotecka, Karolina Pogryzala
Production: Moth Films Magdalena Bryk; Munk Studio – Polish Filmmakers Association
Script: Monika Kotecka, Karolina Pogryzala
Editing: Izabela Pająk
Cinematography: Monika Kotecka

Zuzia -12, has been training vaulting for two years and has extraordinary role topping the acrobatic pyramid. She is “flyer” lifted by the stronger and more experienced vaulters-“base”. Another intensive season begins. During training sessions it becomes apparent that the girl has lost some of her grace and lightnes. At first the coach blames the “base” but they admit that Zuzia is too big to lift her. It became clear that she is “just growing” and her role is given over to a younger girl.

MONIKA KOTECKA, is a cinematographer and photographer by education and newcomer director by practice. Before going into film, she studied Social Sciences at the University of Wroclaw and Photography at the European Academy of Photography. Next step was the National Film School in Lodz at the Cinematography Department, which she graduated from with honors. She realized numerous short films that traveled internationally (Berlinale/ Cannes/New Horizons/Two Riversides). Monika is a Berlinale Talent Campus alumni, she participated in various photography and film programmes, such as Cinetrain, Triangle in Cooperation (Israel), City Space (Germany), Poland-Russia New Gaze Project. She conducted film workshops for kids in Poland and abroad. In 2011 she was nominated to Warto Award in the category of film. Since 2012 Monika and Karolina Poryzała work together under Kurkot Kollektiv focusing on photo shoots, fashion movies and music videos. They now work on their short documentary debut produced by the MUNK STUDIO and develop their feature documentary.


KAROLINA PORYZAŁA is a photographer and screenwriter. Her higher education began at the Zoology Department at Warsaw University of Life Sciences – SGGW. She then moved on to complete a three-year Film Directing Programme at the Studium for Audiovisual Arts. She studied at the Photography Department in the National Film School in Lodz and finished a scriptwriting course at the Cracow Scriptwriting School. Her photographs were exhibited in various venues, e.g. International Foto Festival in Lodz. Currenlty, she is working on TV-series script for a broadcaster and develops her debut feature film screenplay. Since 2012 Monika and Karolina work together under Kurkot Kollektiv focusing on photo shoots, fashion movies and music videos.