The films presented at this year's CentEast Market included My Flesh, My Blood by debuting director Marcin Wrona, a project involving Opus Film, one of Poland's largest production companies.
Opus Film has been operating on the Polish market since 1992. The company supports debuting filmmakers as well as directors whose names have yet to become recognizable to a mass audience but who are already familiar to the film community. This was the case with promising filmmaker Sławomir Fabicki. After his short film A Man Thing received an Oscar nomination, Opus Film decided to support the production of his full-length debut, Retrieval.
International recognition is the best recommendation for filmmakers and helps them find funds for future projects. "Every award for a director has a huge impact, for example affecting the amount of funding available from the Polish Film Institute," says Lukasz Dziecol, founder of Opus Film.
Opus Film's support of young artists is also due to more personal reasons. "These are people my age, so we understand each other perfectly. If we also notice that they have potential, we propose co-operation", Dzieciol adds.
Opus Film's intuition has not failed them yet. Their first large production, Edi directed by Piotr Trzaskalski, won the Grand Prix at the Warsaw International Film Festival, the FIPRESCI prize in Berlin, and over 40 other awards. Retrieval was an award-winner at Cannes, while Franco de Pena's Your Name Is Justine won recognition at the European Film Festival in Seville. Opus Film's latest production, Mr. Kuka's Advice directed by Dariusz Gajewski, has already embarked on the global festival circuit, screening in Tokyo.
Now Marcin Wrona's My Flesh, My Blood is waiting its turn. Perhaps its presentation at the CentEast Market will mean a chance to become known in international markets.