WARSAW: Polish theatre and television director Jerzy Gruza, creator of many programmes and series, including Forty-year-old / Czterdziestolatek and Civil War / Wojna domowa, died on 16 February 2020 at the age of 87.
WARSAW: Jan Komasa’s Academy Award nominated drama Corpus Christi received 15 nominations for the Polish Film Awards - The Eagles, announced on 5 February 2020. The nominations include Best Film, Best Director and Best Script.
TORUŃ: The headquarters of the new Camerimage European Film Center is to be built in Toruń by 2025 as a joint investment of the National Treasury and the Municipality of Toruń. The investment is 181.5 EUR / 600 m PLN.
WARSAW: The third instalment of Władysław Pasikowski’s crime series Dogs tops the overall box office in Poland with 800,000 admissions, of which 400,000 admissions in its opening weekend. The film was released domestically by Kino Świat on 17 January 2020.
WARSAW: Polish private broadcaster Kino Polska plans to launch its own VOD service that would showcase its original content.
WARSAW: The Polish Film Institute granted over 12 m EUR to 16 national and 10 international projects as part of the incentive scheme that was introduced in Poland in February 2019. The call for applications is ongoing and the 2020 budget allocated to support audiovisual production is up to EUR 50,2 million.
WARSAW: Patryk Vega enters postproduction on his new film Bad Boy, which was shot on location in Wrocław from December 2019 till the first week of January 2020. This time the Polish director takes on scandal in the world of soccer.
WARSAW: Polish cinemas had 60.2 m admissions and racked up over 266 m EUR at the box office in 2019, breaking the 2018 record of 59.7 m total admissions. Lion King and Frozen 2 topped the box office, followed by the local production Kogel Mogel 3 by Kordian Piwowarski.
WARSAW: Maciej Barczewski has wrapped shooting on Master / Mistrz, a biopic of Tadeusz „Teddy” Pietrzykowski, a boxer who won the title of master of the German concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. The film starring acclaimed Polish actor Piotr Głowacki will open domestically in the fall of 2020.
WARSAW: Midnight Family directed by Luke Lorentzen, a powerful documentary about the work of ambulance responders in Mexico, won the Grand Prix at the 19th Watch Docs International Human Rights Film Festival.
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