31-08-2010

FNE at Venice IFF 2010: Polish Film in Competition for Golden Lion

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VENICE: Polish director Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing staring Vincent Gallo and Emmanuelle Seigner will screen in the main competition at the 67th Venice International Film Festival. The film is produced by Skopia Film of Poland (www.skopiafilm.com) with backing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and Canal+Cyfrowy and coproduced by Hungary's Mythberg Films (www.mythbergfilms.hu) together with Ireland's Element Pictures and Cylinger Productions of Norway and backing from Eurimages. Hanway Films is handling international sales.

{mosimage}The script was written by Skolimowski and Ewa Piaskowska is an almost dialogueless thriller that tells the story of an Afghan man that is captured by American forces in Kabul and transported to Europe. He manages to escape and finds himself in a huge frozen forest where he must kill to survive.

Skolimowski is no stranger to Venice where he has been in competition several times and won the Special Jury Prize for his The Lightship in 1985 and Ferdydurke which was in competition in 1991. His much acclaimed Four Nights With Anna screened in the Cannes IFF in 2008.

Also joining the Venice lineup is veteran Czech animator Jan Svankmajer's Surviving Life which produced by which will screen out of competition. The film is produced by Athanor in the Czech Republic and C-GA Film in Slovakia with the participation of Czech Television (www.ceskatelevize.cz)and UPP (www.upp.cz) and supported by the Czech State Fund for the Support and Development of Czech Cinematography, EU MEDIA and Eurimages. The production is distributed by Bonton Film (www.bontonfilm.cz).

Rounding out the talent from CEE on show in Venice is Slovenian director Vlado Skafar's doc Daddy about factory workers in Mura which will screen in the Critics' Week produced by Gustav Film (www.gustavfilm.si) and Bosnian director Danis Tanovic's Cirkus Columbia screening in Author's Days section which is a coproduction between Bosnia Herzegovina (2006 Sarajevo), France (A.S.A.P Films), Studio Maj (www.studiomaj.si) Slovenia , Germany (Razor Film Produktion), Belgium (Man's Films), UK (Autonomous) and (Art and Popcorn) Serbia. The film is distributed by The Match Factory.

{mosimage}Also screening in the Author's Days is Turkish director Seren Yuce's Cogunluk (Majority) produced by Yeni Sienmacillik (www.yenisinemacilik.com) and distributed by the Match Factory.

Competing in the Orrizonti section is Latvia director Laila Pakalnina's doc On Rubik's Road produced by the Rigas based Hargla Company.