Still Life opened the 29. Warsaw Film Festival

Still Life by Umberto Pasolini Still Life by Umberto Pasolini

WARSAW: The 29. edition of the festival launched on 11 October 2013 in Warsaw with a screening of an intimate drama from Uberto Pasolini

The celebratory opening screening took place in Multikino - Złote Tarasy on 11 October 2013 and the audience was thrilled with Uberto Pasolini's intimate drama about a funeral officer, who organizes the burials of people who died alone and have no family to take care of them. "The fact that my film is opening WFF is staggering! Especially when it is such a small, quiet film. What is most shocking is that the event is opened with a little film by me and ends with a new film from Polański. So now I have it framed in my office "Pasolini and Polański bookend the film festival in Warsaw" - and it's the best thing in my life" the director Uberto Pasolini told FNE.

The festival launched on 11 October and the pre-sale of tickets started 10 days earlier and it looks like the 29. edition is on it's way to top the number of 100 000 viewers the festival had last year. "According to our first reports the interest in our films keeps growing. We are already sold out for the Polish hit title of the season which is Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, which qualified for our International Competition long before it's win in Gdynia. We also have no tickets left for our closing title Venus in Fur by Roman Polański but luckily the Polish distributor Monolith is introducing it to the Polish cinemas just after the festival" Stefan Laudyn, Director of the festival, told FNE.

This year’s 29th edition of the Warsaw Film Festival (WFF) will be held October 11-20 in the heart of town, on nine screens of Multikino Zlote Tarasy and Kinoteka. This year's line-up, includes 123 feature length films and 84 shorts from 57 countries with 22 world premieres and 22 European premieres.

The festival will host a total of over a hundred internationally recognized filmmakers such as Jia Zhang-Ke, UbertoPasolini, Catherine Breillat, Anca Damian and Ilmar Raag, The closing ceremony and the screening of Venus in Fur will be attended by the star of the film Emmanuelle Seigner.

Click here to see the full line-up of the festival.