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White Shadow wins in Wroclaw

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White Shadow wins in Wroclaw
Noaz Deshe’s feature debut White Shadow was the big winner at this year’s T-Mobile New Horizons in Poland’s Wroclaw.

The International Jury - including Polish director Tomasz Wasilewski, the Austrian Film Commission’s managing director Martin Schweighofer and Cannes Film Festival’s Christian Jeune - presented the €20,000 ($27,000) Grand Prix to the Tanzanian-German-Italian co-production, which was also voted by New Horizons’ festival-goers as the recipient of the Audience Award.

Berlin-based Deshe’s tale of albinos in Tanzania was premiered at last year’s Venice Film Festival, where it received the Luigi de Laurentis Award for the best debut.

It has since won the best director award at the Tarkovsky ¨Zerkalo¨ festival and the best feature film at London’s East End Film Festival as well as a special mention at the Transilvania International Film Festival.

White Shadow is handled internationally by Premium Films.

The Fipresci International Critics Prize went to another feature debut by Argentinian
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Polish Days Titles Announced!

New Films by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek, Marcin Krzysztalowicz, Jolanta Dylewska and Andrzej Wajda, will be presented to the foreign professionals during the key industry event of the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. The organizers expect around 150 guests to attend.

Polish Days is the most important industry event at the 14.T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (24 July – 3 August 2014), where industry representatives including programmers, sales agents, producers, film funds and distributors from all over the world watch the latest Polish films at closed screenings.

This year’s edition of Polish Days will take place on July 30 – August 1. Six completed Polish films and ten works-in-progress will be shown at closed screenings, while eleven projects will be pitched to the international audience.

Among the finished films, the representatives of the international film industry will have the chance to see "15 Corners of the World" by Zuzanna Solakiewicz, which will have its world premiere in the Films on Art International Competition at the T-Mobile New Horizons Iff and then international premiere in the Settimana della Critica section of the Locarno Ff in August. Other films shown in full at the closed screenings during Polish Days include "Gods" by Lukasz Palkowski, "Call me Marianna" by Karolina Bielawska, "Performer" by Lukasz Ronduda and Maciej Sobieszczański and two films that will compete in the Main Competition of the T-Mobile International Film Festival - "How to Disappear Completely" by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek and "Calling" by Marcin Dudziak. The organisers hope to secure one extra title in the last moment before the event starts.

Projects in development presented in the pitching session include, among others, "Hungry" by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, "I’m the Killer" by Maciej Pieprzyca, "Volhynia" by Wojciech Smarzowski, "Window" by Anna Jadowska, "Rosa" by Denijal Hasanovic and "Toxaemia" by Julia Kolberger.

This year, for the first time, two projects presented in the section will be awarded with post-production awards given by Polish Days’ new partners - post-production companies Toya Studios and Chimney Poland.

The works in progress section will show clips from the following films, which are currently in production: "And There Was Love in the Ghetto " by Jolanta Dylewska and Andrzej Wajda, "Carte Blanche" by Jacek Lusiński, "Journey to Rome" by Tomasz Mielnik, "I, Olga Hepnarova" by Tomás Weinreb and Petr Kazda , "The Here After" by Magnus von Horn, "Walser" by Zbigniew Libera and "Close Ups" by Magdalena Piekorz, among others.

The organizers are expecting around 150 guests at the event. Confirmed attendees include programmers from Berlin, Cannes, Rotterdam, Istanbul, Edinburgh, and Hong-Kong, as well as a number of buyers such as Level K, Ndm, Premium Films, Film Republic, Alpha Violet, Indie Sales, New Europe Film Sales, Just Film Distribution, Imagine Film, Soda Pictures and Epicentre. This year’s special guests will be a group of Turkish film professionals invited to Wrocław in cooperation with the international film festival in Istanbul, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Turkish Ministry for Culture and Tourism to celebrate the 600 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Polish Days are co-organized with the Polish Film Institute, Odra Film and the Wrocław Film Commission with the support of the Lower Silesia municipality and the city of Wrocław. Event partners include Film Commission Poland, Łódź Film Commission, Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, Poznań Film Commission, Kraków Film Commission, Silesia Film Commission, National Audiovisual Institute, as well as post-production studios Toya Studios and Chimney Poland.

Full list of presented films:

Finished Films

"15 Corners of the World" (15 stron świata) , dir. Zuzanna Solakiewicz

"Gods" (Bogowie) , dir. Lukasz Palkowski

"How to Disappear Completely" (Jak całkowicie zniknąć) , dir. Przemysław Wojcieszek

"Call me Marianna" (Mów mi Marianna) , dir. Karolina Bielawska

"Performer" dirs. Lukasz Ronduda and Maciej Sobieszczański

"Calling" (Wołanie) , dir. Marcin Dudziak

Pitching

"Hungry" (Głodna) , dir. Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

"I’m the Killer" (Jestem mordercą) , dir. Maciej Pieprzyca

"All Gone Mad" (Krokodyl) , dir. Aleksandra Niemczyk

"Maya + Theo and Others" (Maja + Theo i inni) , dir. Filip K. Kasperaszek

"Window" (Okno) , dir. Anna Jadowska

"The Wounded Beast" (Ranne Zwierzę) , dir. Piotr Trzaskalski

"Nano" (Rdzeń) , dir. Piotr Ryczko

"Rosa" , dir. Denijal Hasanovic

"Owl, the Baker’s Daughter" (Sowa, córka piekarza) , dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna

"Toxaemia" (Toksymia) , dir. Julia Kolberger

"Volhynia" ( Wołyń) , dir. Wojciech Smarzowski

Works in Progress

"Carte Blanche" dir. Jacek Lusiński

"Journey to Rome" (Droga do Rzymu) , dir. Tomasz Mielnik

"And There Was Love in the Ghetto" (I była miłość w getcie) , dir. Jolanta Dylewska, Andrzej Wajda

"I, Olga Hepnarova" (Ja, Olga Hepnarova) , dir. Tomás Weinreb & Petr Kazda

"Summer Solstice" (Letnie przesilenie) , dir. Michal Rogalski

"The Wall" (Mur) , dir. Dariusz Glazer

"All About My Parents" (Pani z przedszkola) , dir. Marcin Krzysztalowicz

"The Here After" (Po śmierci) , dir. Magnus von Horn

"Walser" dir. Zbigniew Libera

"Close Ups" (Zbliżenia), dir. Magdalena Piekorz
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Polish Film Institute Opens Industry To New Filmmakers

Polish Film Institute Opens Industry To New Filmmakers
Most Poles agree that their national cinema has been rejuvenated and the credit should go, in part, to the Polish Film Institute. Since it was launched in 2005, the number of film produced has grown to more than 40 a year, thanks to a national production fund totaling $28 million a year, and a network of 11 regional funds.

But instead of funding tired old historical epics or inscrutable arthouse fare, that money has led to a democratization of filmmaking, allowing regional hubs to develop and new players to enter the biz. More pics are helmed and produced by young and femme filmmakers. The Polish industry has also upped its international co-production activities, with the institute putting coin into more than 20 co-prods last year, such as Ari Folman’s “The Congress,” which is the Directors’ Fortnight opener, and Roman Polanski’s “Venus in Fur,” which is in Cannes competition.

Nikolaj Nikitin, the Berlinale’s delegate for Eastern Europe,
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Polish Producers In Cannes Producers Network

It's surprising that this is the first time Polish producers have participated in the Cannes Producers Network considering Poland is one of the upcoming young filmmaking hotspots. Their T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festival, their American Film Festival and Us in Progress, Warsaw Film Festival and Krakow Film Festival are all promoting cross-cultural collaboration in new ways and this new generation of filmmakers is so educated and talented. Keep your eyes on Poland!

An exclusive program of meet-and-greets!

Launched in 2004, the Producers Network hosts 550 producers from around the world in a series of meetings and events. Created to stimulate international coproduction and project financing, this event is specially designed for producers. Every day an individually tailored program will be giving the opportunity to meet the various partners the projects require, be it a co-producer, distributor, sales agent or financier.

5 leading Polish Producers in the Program.

Poland will be represented by the top highly successful 5 Producers of young generation the Polish Film Institute is proud to present:

Agnieszka Kurzydło

MD4

Agnieszka was born in 1974 in Kraków. She studied archeology at the Jagiellonian University. She is involved in film industry since 1992. In 2009 became involved with Zentropa International Poland as a managing director. Since the beginning Zentropa International Poland made international co-production films, such as: Antichrist directed by Lars von Trier (2009), The Woman who dreamt of a Man directed by Per Fly (2010), Elles directed by Małgośka Szumowska (2012). In 2011 she established her own company: Mental Disorder 4 (MD4) and she works as the CEO. She produced such films as: BabyBlues directed by Katarzyna Rosłaniec (2012) - world premiere at the Tiff 2012, CrystalBear for the Best Film at the Berlinale 2013 Generation 14plus and Special Mention fromInternational Jury, In the name of directed by Małgośka Szumowska (2013) - world premiere at Berlinale 2013 Competition and Teddy Award. Among MD4 forthcoming projects are:RedSpider directed by Marcin Koszałka (planed premiere 2014) and Kebab & Horoscopedirected by Grzegorz Jaroszuk (planned premiere 2014).

Małgorzata Jurczak

Scorpion Arte

Graduated from Warsaw University, The Law Department, Lodz Film and TV School, The Production Management and Leeds Metropolitan University, The Northern School of Film and Television. Co-founder of Skorpion Arte Film & TV Production, the independent production company established in Warsaw, 2008.Filmography (producer): The Photographer dir. Waldemar Krzystek (2013), Manhunt dir. Marcin Krzysztalowicz (The Silver Lions Gdynia Flilm Festival 2012, Montreal World Competition 2012) , My name is Ki dir. Leszek Dawid (The Venice Days 2011, Cottbus 2011, Off Camera 2012), The Heritage dir. Andrzej Baranski (The Karlovy Vary 2011), Being like Deyna dir. Anna Wieczur - Bluszcz (2012).

Marta Laryssa Plucińska

Federico Film

Federico Film was founded in February 1997. Its founder, co-owner, and producer is Marta Laryssa Plucińska. In 2005 her brother, Pawel Pluciński has joined the company. Federico Film is an active producer on the audiovisual market. They take part in national as well as international co-productions. They cooperate with Polish and foreign filmmakers of documentaries, advertisements, video clips and TV series. Present feature productions: Przeklęta Zorica (Crna Zorica) (2012), directed by Radosław Pavkovic, international coproduction Serbian-Polish-Greek, supported by: Polish Film Institute. Mój Rower (My father’s bike) (2012), directed by Piotr Trzaskalski, cinema feature film. Shooting: August 2011. Cast: Michał Urbaniak, Artur Żmijewski, Krzysztof Chodorowski, Witold Dębski, Anna Nehrebecka; Co-producer – Television Tvn S.A., Supported by: Pisf, Lodz Film Commission.

Mikołaj Pokromski

Pokromski Studio

Educated in business, holds a Mba, a degree in Logistics and Intercultural Management, as a Film Production Master Classin Film Academy Ludwigsburg / La Fémis Paris. Coming from a family working in film, he joined the industry very early starting work in a film services company and eventually worked his way up the role of Film Producer. He currently works both in feature and documentary films, with a number of them being internationally awarded productions. In 2009 started Pokromski Studio, which he heads and produces films. Pokromski Studio acts as independent producer and service provider for international productions in Poland.Since 2012 is a member of the European and the German Film Academies.

Łukasz Dzięcioł

Opus Film

A master's graduate in Film Studies from the University of Lodz, Lukasz Dzieciol also participated in the International Producing Program at Cologne's Ifs Internationale Filmschule and in the Los Angeles Film School Producing Program. For the past 10 years, he has been working at Opus Film, a feature film and commercials company, in which he shares ownership. Lukasz's production credits include Slawomir Fabicki's Retrieval, which premiered in 2006 in Un Certain Regard in Cannes and was Poland's candidate for the Foreign Language Oscar. He also produced Adam Guzinski's A Boy On A Galloping Horse which screened Out of competition in Cannes' official selection the same year.Recently, he produced Zero by Pawel Borowski, My Flesh My Blood by Marcin Wrona and Courage by Greg Zglinski. The films were screened at several international festivals and garnered major film prizes, respectively. Apart from his work in Europe, Lukasz has also produced film projects in the United States and remains actively involved in ongoing co-operations with Us-based production companies. In 2011, he was selected for European Film Promotion’s networking platform, Producers On The Move, at the Cannes International Film Festival. Since 2011 he is a member of The Polish Film Academy and European Film Academy.
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Kinoteka 2013: 'Manhunt' review

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★★★☆☆ Having recently found himself in harsh and grim post-war Poland for Wojciech Smarzowski's sombre Rose (Róza, 2011), Marcin Dorocinski is back again in award-winning wartime drama, Manhunt (Oblawa, 2012). On this occasion, he is part of the Polish resistance during the conflict rather then attempting to build a life after it, but the results are similarly bleak in Marcin Krzysztalowicz's third feature film. A compelling central presence the thespian may once again prove to be, but the overall film is too confused to be truly powerful despite its unflinching portrayal of the varying greys of conflict morality.

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Manhunt / Oblawa (2012) Movie Trailer: Marcin Krzysztalowicz

Manhunt Trailer, Oblawa Trailer. Marcin Krzysztalowicz‘s Manhunt / Oblawa (2012) movie trailer stars Marcin Dorocinski, Maciej Stuhr, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Weronika Rosati, and Andrzej Zielinski. Manhunt‘s plot synopsis: “Set around the end of WWII in a mysterious forest…Manhunt intertwines several plots: Corporal Wydra’s mission to assasinate a spy – Kondolwiecz, who turns out to be an [...]

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Festival Scope: polish your Polish!

Festival scope, is an online view on demand platform for professional film work from around the world. They are introducing a new focus on Polish film, highlighting, Krzysztof Kieslowski, in an exhibition and retrospective opening next week in Paris. It is a refreshing addition to Fs's Labels section as well as their collaboration with the Polish Film Institute as part of Step In, the new initiative of the Festival del film Locarno focusing this year on Eastern European Cinema.

The Pfi has always walked hand in hand with Poland's long tradition of quality filmmaking and keeps helping new generations of Polish filmmakers gain international recognition for their films.

Here are some films you can watch now on demand:

Gdynia Ff/ New Horizons Polish Days/Montreal

Manhunt (Oblawa)

by Marcin Krzysztalowicz

Corporal 'Wydra', a guerrilla soldier in Poland under Nazi occupation, is seeking revenge for the treacherous assassination of his guerrilla formation. Not only will Wydra face the Germans and the Polish traitors, but also the psychological consequences of betrayal. Contact: Skorpion Arte

Gdynia Ff/ New Horizons Polish Days

My Father's Bike (Moj rower)

by Piotr Trzaskalski

Seventy-year-old Włodek finds a letter in which his wife explains that she is leaving him for another man. Overwhelmed he faints and ends up in hospital. His son and teenage grandson visit him and despite having been out of touch with them for years, together they embark on a journey to win his wife back. Contact: Federico Film

Gdynia Ff/ Moscow Ff

80 Million (80 Milionow)

by Waldemar Krzystek

Wrocław 1981, ten days before martial law was introduced in Poland. Władysław Frasyniuk, the leader of Solidarity - the first non–communist party-controlled trade union - along with four colleagues, makes an 80 million Zloty withdrawal from the organization's bank account. Contact: Media Brigade

Gdynia Ff/ Karlovy Vary Iff

In the Bedroom (W sypialni)

by Tomas Wasilewski

Forty-year-old Edyta arrives in Warsaw to hide from her family. Checking in at different hotels she finally runs out of money and starts using the internet to find random men looking for sex. Edyta ends up spending her nights in nameless men's houses, but instead of delivering on the promise of sex, she takes advantage of their imposed hospitality.

Karlovy Vary Iff

Yuma

by Piotr Mularuk

In the early 1990's despite the fall of the Iron Curtain, the situation along the Polish-German border hadn’t changed much. Twenty-year-old Zyga is tired of looking at the latest fashions and Western conveniences in glossy magazines. Overflowing with goods, West German stores are just a tad too tempting for the young men. Contact: Yeti Films

Gdynia Ff

Being Like Deyna (Byc jak Kazimierz Deyna)

by Anna Wieczur-Bluszcz

A humorous story about growing up, about a few crushes and life choices. Deyna and Boniek score goals, white socks become an aphrodisiac, desire leads to purity and a traditional Polish mother crushes Eastern markets. Contact: Skorpion Arte
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