Teen Spirit starring Agnieszka Grochowska debuts in Poland

Teen Spirit starring Elle Flanning and Agnieszka Grochowska has its Poland premiere today. Press materials

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 Polish teenager living on the Isle of Wight in the UK with her single mum Marla (Agnieszka Grochowska).Press materials

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.

After being discovered singing in a local bar, Violetta is pushed towards stardom.Press materials

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.

As Violetta’s mother Marla, Grochowska’s character wants her daughter to choose a "safe" way of life and go to university like most of her peers. Press materials

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.

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.Press materials

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 movie, which was first shown during the Toronto Film Festival last year, was well received by the critics and is eagerly anticipated in Poland.Press materials

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.