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One of the most promising projects supported by the Polish-German Co-Development Fund, Winter Daddy, directed by Johannes Schmid, is the story of 11-year-old Kattaka, who travels from Germany to Poland in search of her biological father. She only knows that he is a Russian sailor named Alexei whose ship moors in Gdynia till New Year's Eve. Kattaka and a boy from her neighborhood set off on the journey in an old Barkas bus driven by her nana, a 70-year-old relocated from East Prussia.

Małopolska Province will co-finance a digital cinema chain project with Cracow-based Apollo Film using existing local cinemas in the region.

A moving performance in 33 Scenes From Life brought Maciej Stuhr the Leszek Cybulski Prize, the ultimate recognition in Poland of his versatility as an actor.

Polish director Jerzy Hoffman has lost a court case against the Ukrainian government over Hoffman's hit movie With Fire and Sword.

Pixels, an absurd comedy about contemporary Poland will finish shooting on October 30.

The programme of this year's edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF festival lists four Polish titles, but that is not the only way that Poland will be represented at the festival.

Shooting is under way for General "Nil" directed by Ryszard Bugajewski, based on the life of Gen. Emil Fieldorf (codename Nil), a World War II hero and prominent member of the Polish Home Army who was executed during the communist repressions of the 1950s. Like the widely acclaimed Katyn by Andrzej Wajda, the movie explores a critical episode of the Polish history.

An online database of Polish movie production information, launched by the Polish Filmmakers Association (www.sfp.org.pl) with financing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl), has become an instant hit for producers and distributors looking for an interesting project in which to participate.

Shooting is under way in Warsaw for Grand Hotel, a situation comedy produced by Figaro Film Production Ltd. and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, which has the makings to become a Polish blockbuster.


Shooting began Wednesday on a new film by renowned Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi called A Heart in Your Hand. It's the first Polish-Ukrainian co-production since the two countries signed a memorandum on mutual cooperation between their film industries last month.