Warsaw Film Festival, one of the top cultural events in Poland, will open today with the world premiere of Andrzej Jakimowski’s Once Upon a Time in November.
The festival, with a regular audience of around 100,000 viewers, will show 119 features and 76 short films hailing from 63 different countries.
Apart from the 28 world premieres, 27 international ones and 13 European ones, the viewers will see such festival favourites as Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of a Sacred Deer, already lauded in Cannes, Sergey Loznitsa’s A Gentle Creature or John Cameron Mitchell's How to Talk to Girls at Parties. The programme is divided into five competitive sections (International Competition, Competition 1-2, Free Spirit, Documentary Film Competition and Short Film Competition) and four non-competitive sections. The International Competition will consist of 15 films: A Balkan Noir by Dražen Kuljanin, 2557 by Roderick Warich, Boarding Pass by Mehdi Rahmani, Of Skin and Men by Mehdi Ben Attia, If You Saw His Heart by Joan Chemla, Sella Turcica by Yusup Razykov, Sideway by Tayfun Pirselimoğlu, The Bomb by Ralston Gonzales, The Confession by Zaza Urushadze, The Anniversary by Dan Chisu, The Miner by Hanna Slak, To Kill a Watermelon by Zehao Gao and such films by acclaimed Polish filmmakers as Be Prepared by Robert Gliński, Beyond Words by Urszula Antoniak and Once Upon a Time in November. The winner will be chosen by a jury consisting of film professionals and will be presented with the Warsaw Grand Prix.
The new industry event, Warsaw Industry Days, will include Pitch&Meet Warsaw Coproduction Meetings, First Cut Lab and Doc Lab Poland, a workshop for young filmmakers (Warsaw Next) and film critics (FIPRESCI Warsaw Critics Project), Warsaw Screenings (the presentation of new Polish films), Warsaw Works-In-Progress presentations and “The Art of Film Editing” workshop. The first edition of the event will take place from 19-21 October.
Warsaw Film Foundation /33nd Warsaw Film Festival, October 13-22, 2017