Polish Days constitutes the most important industry event at the T-Mobile New Horizons
International Film Festival. There, more than 250 movers and shakers of the Polish and international film industry, from producers and film funds to buyers and festival programmers from Berlin, Semaine de la Critique, Rotterdam, Venice, Tribeca and New Directors/New Films, met to watch the latest Polish films at closed screenings. This year, the event took place from July 29 to 31 in the city of Wrocław, Poland.
The 2015 edition focused on funding and German producers. Polish and German film producers met at a conference organized by the Polish Film Institute, the Film Commission of Poland, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (Mdm), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German regional funds and the Cottbus Film Festival.
A total of 26 films and projects by both first-time directors and well-established filmmakers were selected for the industry event.
In fact, among the works shown in full at closed screenings were Karlovy Vary competition titles "The Red Spider" by Marcin Koszalkaand "Chemo" by Bartosz Prokopowicz
as well as the debut features by Wojciech Kasperski
"The High Frontier," "Berlin Diaries" by Przemysław Wojcieszek, "My Sister" by Kinga Dębska and Krzysztof Łukaszewicz’s "Karbala."
As far as the work-in-progress section is concerned, it presented 10 films. These were "Baby Bump" by Kuba Czekaj
, "Journals" by Wiktoria Szymańska, "Waves" by Grzegorz Zariczny
, "Into the Spirale" by Konrad Aksinowicz, "All These Sleepless Nights" by Michał Marczak and two projects pitched at the festival last year - "Wild Roses
" by Anna Jadowska
and "Volhynia" by Wojtek Smarzowski
. Two documentaries were also presented here: "21 x New York" by Piotr Stasik
and "When You Return" by Anna Zamęcka.
Pitchings presented Polish films at an earlier stage of development and production included new works by Marcin Wrona
("Lili"), Dorota Kędzierzawska ("Speedway") and Marcin Dudziak
("Presence"), as well as the following debut features: "The Last Family" by Jan P. Matuszyński, "Tower" by Jagoda Szelc
, "Forest" by Joanna Zastróżna and the Cinemart project "Hurrah, we're still alive!" by Agnieszka Polska
. Moreover, three projects by foreign directors but developed in Poland were also pitched: "AA" by Jack Faber, "Marie Curie" by Marie Noelle
and "People I'm Not" by Francesco Rizzi
. Post-production awards from Toya Studios (sound) and Chimney Poland (image) went to "People I'm Not" by Francesco Rizzi
, "Tower" by Jagoda Szelc
and "Speedway" by Dorota Kędzierzawska.
In the case of "The Last Family," David Ogrodnik, one of the stars of the critically acclaimed hit "Ida," has been cast in the film as Tomek, the son of Polish artist Zdzislaw Beksinski, played by Andrzej Seweryn
, a veteran film and theater actor.
According to Joanna Łapińska, the head of Polish Days and the artistic director of the T-Mobile New Horizons
International Film Festival, the program “contains, in equal measure, expressive, original works, along with interesting genre films, moving features, and courageous documentaries.” As far as Agnieszka Odorowicz
, the general director of the Polish Film Institute, is concerned, Polish Days has become “one of the most interesting events dedicated to promoting Polish cinema and showcasing film projects in early stages of production. The importance of Polish Days for the international promotion of Polish cinema cannot be overstated. ” Łapińska was adamant on “making it clear” that “Poland is a place for interesting coproductions.”
Polish Days is co-organized with the Polish Film Institute. The event’s partners include the Film Commission of Poland, the Mazovia-Warsaw and Wrocław Film Commissions, the Adam Mickiewicz
Institute, the National Audiovisual Institute and post-production studios Toya Studios and Chimney Poland.