Polish films at Cannes

FNE Staff 2009-05-11
The Polish Film Institute (PSIF) hosts an ambitious presentation of features and short films on Wednesday, May 20, following the Lars von Trier co-production, Antichrist, which premiered in Cannes.

A highlight is a selection of films from the PISF's (www.pisf.pl) 30-minute film project, presented as part of the Short Film Corner. The following young Polish directors will present their films: Izabela Plucinska (Esterhazy) Jan Kwieciński (Incident), Barbara Białowąs (My New Life), Michał Wnuk (What the Doctors Say), Borys Lankosza (Alien VI), Krzysztof Bizio (All the Little Lies), Przemysław Nowakowski (On Credit), Jarosław Sztandera (Luxury), Magnus von Horn (Echo) and Bartek Cierlica (Grobari), along with Dar van Dusen (Spouses) in the Cinefondation section, Janusz Mrozowski (Polish-French documentary Bad Boys. Cela 425) in the ACID section,

Together with the Association of Polish Filmmakers (www.sfp.org.pl), PISF is located at the Cannes Market. Polish partners at the stand are: ATM Group (www.atmgrupa.pl ), Banana Split (www.banana.pl ), Bow & Axe Entertainment (http://www.bowandaxe.com/), The Chimney Pot (www.chimney.pl ), Fabryka Spółka Realizatorów Filmowych (http://www.fabryka.home.pl/), Film Media (http://www.filmmedia.com.pl/), Opus Film (www.opusfilm.com), Salans (www.salans.com ), SPI International Poland (www.spi.pl ), Syrena Films (http://www.syrenafilms.com/), Vision Video Ltd.SK(http://www.vision.pl/)

Also support by the PISF, ScriptEast (http://www.scripteast.pl/) will announce the winner of the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for screenwriting at 5 pm at the Plage de Palmes.

The following Polish feature films are screening in Cannes:

1. My Flesh and Blood

Directed by Marcin Wrona

Principal cast :

Eryk Lubos
Luu De Ly

Technical details :

Director of Photography: Pawel Flis

Sound editor: Tomasz Sikora

Editor: Jaroslaw Kaminski P.S.M.

Screenwriters: Marcin Wrona, Grazyna Trela, Marek Pruchniewski

Composer: Marcin Macuk

Length: 91 minutes

Format: Film

Genre: Drama

Screen ratio: 1:85, 35 mm

Sound: Dolby Surround

Language: Polish

Subtitles: English

Production company: Opus Film

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Igor is a professional boxer whose world comes to a hault when he learns that his brain has been severely damaged from his many years of fighting. Refusing to undergo surgery, he knows that his days are numbered. Not having much left, his last desire is to leave a child behind as his legacy. A young Vietnamese immigrant, YEN HA, agrees to have his baby in return for Polish citizenship. Despite the nature of their agreement, they slowly fall in love, but then Igor's health deteriorates...

2. BEFORE TWILIGHT directed by Jacek Blawut

Before Twilight" is a film about love, passing time and actors - their eccentrities, their dreams about acting for one more, maybe the last, time. Group of residents from Retirement Home for Actors passing their time on trivial retirement home activities decides to stage "Faust" by J.W. Goethe. The idea comes from a suddenly appearing in their lives elderly gallant - Jerzy (Jan Nowicki). His vitality and "Faust" rehearsals break monotonous routine of the Home revealing emotions and passion dreaming in once-esteemed artists.

Directed by: Jacek Bławut
Running time: 96 mins.

Market Premiere: Cannes / May 20th 12:00 / Riviera 1

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3. Miracle Seller

Polish Swedish Coproduction supported by TVP, Performance Marketing group and PISF,

Coproducers Tomas Eskisson of Film I Vast and Fredrik Zander from Republiken Produced and directed by EAVE graduate Jaroslav Szoda (FABRYKA PL) and Boleslaw Pawica. JS is laos DOP Mitko Panov wrote the script based on an original idea by Grzegorz Loszewski http://www.fabrykafilmow.pl/

4. Bad Boys Cell 425 directed by Janusz Mrozawski

Screening in the ACID programme in Cannes


Director Janusz MROZOWSKI

France, Poland - 2009
120 min - Colour

Wolow prison in Poland built for 900 housing 1400.

Seven repeat offenders are serving sentences of 9, 12, 18, 25 years, in a 160 square foot cell. They have accepted me in their daily life with my camera.
The penitentiary administration has granted us 10 days.

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5. Sweet Rush

Addrzej Wajda

Sweet Rush (Polish: Tatarak), directed by the acclaimed Andrzej Wajda, is partly based on a short story by Polish writer Jarosław Iwaszkiewicz. Wajda previously made three films based on Iwaszkiewicz's stories: The Birch Wood, The Young Ladies of Wilko, and the TV movie Noc czerwcowa (June Night).

Screened in Berlin in 2009 in competition where it was awarded the Alfred Bauer prize

The film's budget was 6.5 million złotys (€1.4 million) with PLN 2.6 million from the Polish Film Institute. The film script is by the well-recognised Polish writer Olga Tokarczuk and its cinematography is by Pawel Edelman. The cast also includes Jadwiga Jankowska-Cieślak, Julia Pietrucha and Roma Gasiorowska. The film score is by the heralded young Polish composer, Paweł Mykietyn.


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