UP ON THE ROOF (in development)
UK/Ireland/Poland, 90 mins, 35mm, fiction, dir. Rafael Kapelinski, producers: Monika Braid, Ailish McElmeel, executive producer: Michael Garland, associate producer: Kasia Skibinska, production companies: Braidmade Films and Grand Pictures
development funding: Polish Film Institute, Irish Film Board, MEDIA Programme
40-year-old Stefan Makowski was once a successful Polish businessman who is now living as a homeless immigrant on the roof of a Chinese restaurant in London. Although Makowski ravishes in the freedom and anonymity of life in the big city, to his family in Poland he sends fictional reports of a thriving corporate career. He gets away with his double life until Emily, his estranged wife, arrives in London without warning. Unexpectedly, confronting the hidden truth on both sides helps this alienated couple to become close again.