Mastercard Off Camera 2022: A moving speech by Catarzina Figura

The closing ceremony is behind us International Festival of Independent Film MasterCard of Camera. During the event, she gave a special speech Catarzina FiguraThus, the new award for the fifteenth session of the festival will be inaugurated, and the winners in two categories will be announced.

“This is a difficult speech he asked me to give here today. I was supposed to talk about femininity, a woman in the world of cinema …” – the star began visibly.

“I want to tell you how a woman in the world of cinema can disappear. At a certain age, she becomes invisible to others. Some people sigh that I was once young, beautiful and sexy. I was a sexual thing for men, the envy of women, but I was saying this too As a strong woman of mature age who does not have to prove anything anymore and feels good about her skin ”- emphasized the actress.

The actress in the speech also returned to the beginning of her career. As she revealed, she was often faced with impossible choices.

“My life has always been a struggle. My entry into adulthood happened during difficult times, martial law was in effect in Poland. I refused to play a role in the film then – I was supposed to play a drug addict who would allow greater humiliation on the part of men. I heard then that I was not going to play In a movie again. It happened otherwise. When I got pregnant, I heard that maybe I should think about whether I was really pregnant, or whether I wanted to continue as an actress “- remembers Vigora.

Although after the birth of the child, the star heard that it was the end of her career, because she no longer looked the way she did before, the opposite happened – she received a prestigious scholarship in Paris. Then the environment flourished again: if you left, you would never play in Poland’s theater again.

Later, the star also decided to talk about her Hollywood experience. “After many years, in Hollywood, I discovered how predatory and radical show business can be. The greatest humiliation came from a woman, because I was Polish,” she admitted.

“In Los Angeles, I met the father of my daughters, and although I thought it was the start of the most beautiful chapter of my life, it turned into a drama pretty quickly,” she recalls, referring to the violence she experienced from her ex. the husband. She also told that when she decided to talk about her experience publicly, society rejected her. “Did you destroy me?” No, – she emphasized. “I am not a victim and I will not allow myself to be treated this way,” she added.

“The fight against misogyny, sexism and patriarchy continues, and our voice cannot be ignored” – was resumed during the closing ceremony of the International Festival of Independent Film Mastercard OFF CAMERA.

“My daughter Coco is 19 years old and studying directing in Paris. Her first film project is very feminine and feminine. My daughter Kashmir is 17 years old and she intends to join her sister. It is their own and does not fit into someone else’s scenarios. This will be themselves”- She said, at the opening of a new award dedicated to women in the world of cinema.

Katarzyna Figora is a graduate of the State Higher School of Theater in Warsaw, from which she graduated in 1985. She made her screen debut while studying as Laura in Jacek Kuprowich’s film “Destiny” (1983).

As a student, we also saw her in a cameo role in Wojciech Jerzy Has’s Personal Diary of a Sinner (1985). However, her first major role in the movie was once in “Ga, ga. Glory to heroes” by Peter Zulkin from 1986.

She is well remembered for the role of the beautiful Rosicka in the Jerzy Groza fairy tale “The Ring and the Rose” (1986) and Radoslav Pyovarsky’s comedy “Train to Hollywood”, where she played Merlin Waflick – a girl who dreams of becoming a movie star.

Billy Wilder’s Half a Joke, Half Seriously movie she watched as a child made an unforgettable impression on her and that’s why she dreams of starring in his films. Unfortunately, messages addressed to him remained unanswered. Instead of working as a movie star, she serves a buffet on the train and works as a movie showgirl. For this role, Figora received the Golden Duck award from the monthly readers of the “Movie”.

After the screening of “Train to Hollywood” at the Miami International Film Festival, “Playboy” came to her and offered her $ 34,000 for the course. The actress, based on the persuasion of her colleagues and the agent, agreed, but … she was not able to cope with this strange offer, although very tempting, and returned to Poland in a hurry.

“I was so afraid of it! I grew up in such circumstances and no other… I know today it is hard to believe, but it was almost 30 years ago. It was hard for me to rise to the occasion, fully accepting sex And the fact that I am an actress ”- admitted Vigora in the program“ Demakijaż ”.

Since then, Vigora has become one of the greatest stars of Polish cinema. They were naïve women, fascinated by the eroticism and affirmation of their sexuality, as in Julius Macholsky’s “Kingzajs” (1987). The role of the “super blonde” in the movie “Porno” by Marek Kotersky cemented Kasia Figura’s image as the first sex bombshell and made her even more famous.

These roles brought the actress great appreciation from the audience. After her successes in Poland, Vigora decided to try her luck in Hollywood. Among the foreign productions in which the actress participated there, among others, episodes in the films of American director Robert Altman – “The Player” (1992) and “Brett a Porter” (1994) and in the two television productions “The Deadly Past” (1993) and “Memoirs” The Red Shoes (1993), the Spanish movie “Estacion Central” (1989), the French movie: “Near Mrs.” (1990), “The Washing Machine” (1992), “Le joueur d’echecs” (1994) and the series “Navarro”.

In 1990, the actress began working with director Andrei Kondratyuk, starring in his film “Milky Way” and in the films “Spindle of Time” (1995) and “Sunny Clock” (1997). Then she starred in “Self-Portrait with a Mistress” (1996) by Radosław Piwowarski, in “Stories of Love” (1997) by Jerzy Stuhr and in “Kiler” (1997) by Juliusz Machulski. She also appeared in Janusz Zaorski’s Happy New York (1997), Janusz Majewski’s Gold of Deserters (1998) and Marek Koterski’s Ajlawju (1999).

1997 was a particularly difficult year for her as a woman and actress. The star lived her thirty-fifth birthday a lot, and her Hollywood career did not develop as she would have liked. This is the reason why Jersey Store’s proposal to star in his movie “Love Stories” fell like heaven. After spending a few years in Los Angeles, the actress realized that great roles await her only in Poland.

“Professional, it wasn’t that bad. I started making films in Poland again: ‘Kiler’, ‘Happy New York’. (…) But as a woman I was involved in it” – she said in a 2004 interview to Gala per month.

The fact that the actress is visiting Poland more and more again made her popular in the country, but also kept her away from the “Hollywood plan”. “I was losing my position in Hollywood, the fact that casting directors, directors and producers know me,” the actress said. But the big roles did not come. “At the time, I was shooting The Devil’s Advocate with Al Pacino, and I was pretty close, but Charlize Theron won in the end,” Figora admitted.

One of the characters who changed the image of actress Halina Iwank in the 2003 film Ryszard Brylski “Żurek”. This number has created a very touching role for a teenage mother who does not want to reveal the secret of who is the father of her newborn child. The actress received a number of awards for this role, including. 2004 Polish Eagle Film Award 2003. “I guess I wasn’t brave in accepting this role as the director that cast me in. Perhaps I was already bored of being attractive and beautiful?” – The actress spoke after Gdynia’s show “Shork”.

In “Ubu Król” (2004) by Piotr Szulkin, the character appeared alongside Jan Peszek. For the role of Ubica, she received, among other things, the Golden Lion Award for Best Female Role at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.

In “Yuma” (2012) by Piotr Mularuk, Vigura played Halinka, the boss of a border brothel that rocks the neighborhood. And the director recalled a case in which the actress went beyond the framework of the script: “Casia Vigora in the solarium scene took off her corset herself, because she thought it necessary.” He added: “If the actors are smart, if they believe in the project, then the rank of the film is different. From the beginning, the role of Halinka was written with Katarzina Figora in mind.

“I love acting like such a challenge!” – said the actress excitedly. “Not only am I a brunette, but I also look like a ‘breed’ character! Almost like Alexis — the star laughed.

She gave her last movie role in “Girls from Dubai”.

“The script was solid, and although a few people worked on it, it evolved during production. We were sticking with the skeleton, but it would have been nice to have room for improvisation,” she said. Catarzina Figura In an interview with Interia at the movie premiere Dubai girls.

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