The story focuses on Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk), an intense, taut and tightly focused athlete in his early 20s who is about to make the next leap on his elite swim team. Kuba lives in a small apartment with his coddling, controlling mother (Katarzyna Herman). Mom does not like it much when Kuba’s hot, young girlfriend Sylwia (Marta Nieradkiewicz) practically moves in.
It’s set in an anonymous-feeling city of underpasses and motorways, a largely dark world where interiors are cramped, like the flat that Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk, below right) shares with his demanding mother (Katarzyna Herman) and longterm, long-suffering girlfriend Sylwia (Marta Nieradkiewicz), who interact uneasily. A potential champion swimmer, his natural milieu is the pool (nice cinematography there) where he trains, also finding sexual gratification of a different kind in its uneasy neon surroundings.
Mateusz Banasiuk (2013)
21 September 1985 |
In this sexually-charged film, handsome and self-assured Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk), a promising professional swimmer who indulges in sexual encounters with men in bathroom stalls at the gym, meets young student Michal (Bartosz Gelner) and falls in love. Despite his anonymous activities and living with his controlling girlfriend, his situation is compounded by his own internal conflicts and insecurities as he attempts to keep one foot in the closet. This artful and provocative coming-out drama emphasizes the psychic turmoil of an individual wrought by homophobia.
Of course, to view “Floating Skyscrapers” solely as a work of social politics would be a disservice. It’s artfully told and brutally honest, an almost ethereal tale of star-crossed lovers whose union is undercut by their recklessness and made impossible by a homophobic environment. Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk) is a talented swimmer, training for national competition. He lives with his mother and his girlfriend, Sylwie (Marta Nieradkiewicz). She takes him along to an art gallery opening with some friends of hers, including Michal (Bartosz Gelner). The two young men hit it off, and the sexual tension begins to boil up under Kuba’s typically placid demeanor.