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October saw the death of Andrzej Wajda, a filmmaker whom Berlinale chief Dieter Kosslick described as “a great artist who consistently renewed the cinematic arts.” But who are the next wave of Polish directors to take the place of Wajda and his peers?
Agnieszka Holland, whose “Spoor” plays in Berlin’s competition, lauds Malgorzata Szumowska, who won a Berlin Silver Bear in 2013 with “Body,” and Tomasz Wasilewski, who snared the Silver Bear in 2016 with “United States of Love.”
Among the newcomers she singles out Agnieszka Smoczynska, whose “The Lure” won a Special Jury Prize at Sundance last year; Jan P. Matuszynski, whose “The Last Family” competed at Locarno in 2016; and Kuba Czekaj, whose “The Erlprince” plays in Berlin’s Generation section this year.
Holland says this younger generation is not political in the way the older filmmakers were, but “stylistically and in terms of modern expression they are much more powerful. »
- Leo Barraclough
Director: Malgorzata Szumowska
Polish director Malgorzata Szumowska has been steadily making features since 2000, but her 2011 film Elles was an initial international breakout thanks to featuring French actress Juliette Binoche (who recently announced she will be producing another project with Szumowska in the near future).
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- Nicholas Bell
2 items from 2017
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