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"There's something ominous about this kitsch ballad" -New York Times
"Uklanski is adept at playing the angles, both in terms of camera placement and genre derangement." -Village Voice
"Summer Love is fraught with feverish moods, bold imagination and a devilishly complicated exploration of the genre's iconography." -Chicago Tribune
Summer Love, the first feature film by artist Piotr Uklanski, appropriates one of American popular cinema's most classic genres -- the Western -- to create an allegorical movie. This "first ever Polish western" is set in the Wild West frontier of America's past to the present of post-Communist Eastern Europe. Uklanski has created neither parody nor homage, but instead exploits "cinema's most codified genre" as the framework for his remarkable movie. Shot in southern Poland with a mainly Polish cast (dialogue is in English), the film's stock characters are instantly recognizable to viewers for whom the myth of the American West is ingrained by the iconi Westerns of the 1950's, 60's and 70's. Yet Uklanski's film is "a copy of a copy", referring to the European spaghetti Western as much as to the American 'original'. The film opens with Stranger (Karel Roden) riding into town with the corpse of a Wanted Man (Val Kilmer). The characters have no names, some of theme do not even speak at all in the film. The Stranger soon becomes embroiled in a love triangle between the local barmaid (Katarzyna Figura) and the alcoholic sheriff (Boguslaw Linda). Summer Love functions not only as a conceptual statement, but also as a genuine tragicomic Western, adding to the grand tradition of the genre.
Directed by Piotr Uklanski, Poland/U.S.A., 2006, 35mm, 93 mins.