Compulsory Figures

dir. Ewa Kochańska / Poland / 2018 / 71 min.

Section: New Faces


Director: Ewa Kochańska

Screenplay: Ewa Kochańska

Cinematography: Egor Efimov

Editing: Piasek & Wójcik

Sound: Jacek Hamela

Producers: Magdalena Borowiec, Tatiana Matysiak, Daria Zienowicz

Production: SQUARE film studio

World sales: SQUARE film studio

Language: Ukrainian, Polish


Julia Polniuk is a 10-year-old figure skater and there is not much time left for her to succeed in sports and meet her family's expectations... After the Euromaidan Revolution the Polniuk family moved from Ukraine to Poland. Now they begin a brand new life in Warsaw without good jobs or money and not speaking the language. Julia's mother Marina (37) has only one goal in mind: to give her children a good start in life.  This year Julia is struggling to qualify for the Polish Youth Championships. For Julia it would bring the success she wishes for. For her mother it would mean all the risks were worth taking. But can a child spread its wings and fly with such a burden on its shoulders?




IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam, ZagrebDox, Millennium Docs Against Gravity Film Festival, Riga International Film Festival, International Documentary Film Festival OFF CINEMA (Special Mention), Neiße Filmfestival (Special Mention for Documentary Film), Transatlantyk Festival, International Film Festival WATCH DOCS, UNICEF Innocenti Film Festival, Two Riversides Film and Art Festivali, Polish Film Festival in America (Best Documentary Debut), EnergaCAMERIMAGE, Artdocfest, Solanin Film Festiwal (Best Documentary)



Ewa Kochańska born in Cracow graduated from the Faculty of Theatrology at the Jagiellonian University and Directing Department of Warsaw Film School. She is a director, scriptwriter and experienced drama teacher working with youth and children. Her etudes shown at festivals in Poland and abroad received several awards. Her feature-length documentary debut "Compulsory Figures" was presented at IDFA. Its outline was developed during the documentary course DOK PRO at Wajda School and DOC LAB POLAND.