Teen Spirit starring Agnieszka Grochowska debuts in Poland
Teen Spirit, Max Minghella’s directorial debut, with Agnieszka Grochowska and Elle Fanning is hitting cinemas in Poland today.
Grochowska, considered to be one of the best actresses of the new generation is known for her roles in Holland’s “In the Darkness”, Zanussi’s “Foreign Body” and the Japanese production ”Sugihara Chiune” directed by Cellin Gluck.
Teen Spirit tells the story of Violetta, played by Elle Fanning, a shy teenager who dreams of becoming a star.
With unlikely mentors she enters a singing competition, hoping to accomplish her dreams, like modern spin on the story of Cinderella.
Grochowska plays Fanning’s mother, Marla, a single mother Polish immigrant, who has given up and criticizes her daughters ambitions as wishful.
The movie, which was first shown during the Toronto Film Festival last year, was well received by the critics. Rolling Stone’s Peter Travers called it: “A tale as old as American Idol, and the script goes exactly where you think it’s going. But writer-director Max Minghella, in a more than promising debut behind the camera, has a flair for dazzling detours and actions that define character.”
One of its strongest points is the soundtrack and the music video aesthetics. Pop and electronic hits, some sang also by Fanning, are an indispensable part of the picture.
Viewers can expect Robyn’s “Dancing on My Own”, No Doubt’s “Just a Girl” and Ellie Goulding’s “Lights” among many others.
Agnieszka Grochowska, born 1979 in Warsaw, is a graduate of the Aleksander Zelwerowicz National Academy of Dramatic Art in Warsaw.
Alongside her movie career, she performed in the Studio Theater in Warsaw, Teatr Telewizji (theatre performances broadcasted by Polish public television) and Polish National Theatre.
Her distinct features and acting range brought her recognition from directors outside of Poland.
The list includes Vanja d’Alcantra (“Beyond the Steps”), Daniel Espinosa (“System” with Gary Oldman and Tom Hardy) and Lena Einhorn (Nina’s Journey).
Apart from the plethora of Polish awards, Grochowska received the European Shooting Starts Award in 2007.