WROCŁAW: Five recently completed Polish films including new titles from Anna Jadowska, Maciej Sobieszczański and Paweł Maślona will be screened during the Polish Days programme, taking place within the T-Mobile New Horizons IFF (3-13 August 2017).
The sixth edition of this three day event launches on 8 August 2017. Foreign guests will have the chance to familiarize themselves with what the new Polish cinema has to offer, including recently completed films, works in progress and a pitching session of new projects.
LIST OF COMPLETED FILMS:
Paweł Maślona’s debut feature is fusing six stories about ordinary people in extreme situations, which cause them to experience panic attacks.
"During a panic attack, the awareness of a that the end may be near becomes unbearable and fear prevents any rational behaviour. I have experienced a few panic attacks and I was sure that my life was over. Those moments were absolutely terrifying, but now they seem ridiculously funny and I believe that my characters share the same experience of something equally terrible and funny at the same time", said Paweł Maślona.
Panic Attack / Atak paniki was shot in November 2016. It was produced by Jan Kwieciński through Akson Studio with a budget of 700,000 EUR. The Polish Film Institute supported it with 471,199 EUR / 2 m PLN.
The premiere is planned for 19 January 2018 and the international sales are managed by New Europe Film Sales.
A new psychological drama from Anna Jadowska is set in a small town community, where a woman becomes pregnant after an affair and decides to give up the child for adoption. She tries to hide her plan from her husband, who is away in Norway.
"The idea for the film originated from my own reflections on the essence of motherhood juxtaposed with media reports full of dramatic mother-child relationships. The paradox of motherhood, the social expectations imposed on mothers and the essence of motherly love are the topics which I would like to touch upon", said Anna Jadowska.
The film is produced by Roman Jarosz and Izabela Igel through Alter Ego Pictures with a budget of 750,000 EUR including 400,519 EUR / 1.7 m PLN from the Polish Film Institute.
The Polish premiere is planned for 24 November 2017. All Muses is the local distributor, while the international sales are managed by Antipode Sales.
Thrice Falls the Saint
DOP Jacek Januszyk’s debut feature is set in the mountain region of Podhale in the early 20th century. A small village is threatened by famine when heavy rain blights the crops. The mountaineers perceive the disaster as divine punishment that can only be averted by the offering of a figure of St. Anthony. Local sculptor Marcin Mudroń undertakes the task of carving the statue, hoping to find a way out of poverty.
"The film is about the desire to face one’s weaknesses and the need for dignity, which every human deserves. Indifference and egoism have become so common in the modern world. Although the film takes place in a distant past and describes a somewhat archaic world, the attitudes of people living in a hidden, small village in the shade of Tatra Mountains are similar to those of contemporary societies", said director Jacek Januszyk.
The film was shot in the Małopolska and Tatry region in 2015. It was produced by Mastershot with a budget of 800,000 EUR, with the support of the Polish Film Institute and the Krakow Film Commission.
The premiere date has not yet been announced and the world sales are open.
Tower A Bright Day
This psychological thriller directed by Jagoda Szelc follows Mula, who lives with her family in the countryside. The weekend before the Holy Communion of her daughter, Mula’s sister Kaja pays a visit. Kaja is the biological mother of the girl, but six years ago she suddenly disappeared without a trace. The family believes this could be a chance for a new beginning, but Mula is convinced that Kaja has come to take the child away.
"Tower A Bright Day tells a story of the contemporary world that needs saving and a change of values. The salvation comes from a person who seems crazy and out of step with what society deems valuable. What would happen if one night we all change our way of thinking? Since we are incapable of such shift on our own, we need guidance", said Jagoda Szelc.
The film was shot in the Kotlina Kłodzka region in May of 2016. It was produced by Marcin Malatyński through Indeks Film Studio, a production company working in the framework of Lodz Film School. The budget was 500,000 EUR with 282,703 EUR / 1.2 m PLN support from the Polish Film Institute.
The premiere date has not yet been announced and world sales are open.
Maciej Sobieszczański’s new drama is a love story set in Upper Silesia, Poland at the beginning of 1945, in the last days of WW2. Within the recently liberated areas, the Communist Security Service eliminates its enemies under the pretext of punishing “national traitors.” It organises a labour camp for Germans, Silesians and Poles at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, which is named Zgoda / Reconciliation.
"The intimate drama of The Reconciliation focuses on the psychology of a love triangle. It derives its strength from the complex, ambiguous urges of the main characters and through the ethical choices they face in a world where telling right from wrong becomes impossible", said Maciej Sobieszcański.
The film is based on a SCRIPT PRO winning script written by Małgorzata Sobieszczańska. It was shot in 2015 and it was produced by Zbigniew Domagalski through Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop with a budget of 1 m EUR, including 706,748 EUR / 3 m PLN from the Polish Film Institute.