Coproductions are a staple of Apple Film's current slate of films. Apple Film capped off a busy 2009-2010 with the premiere of its latest film, a Swedish/Polish coproduction Between Two Fires directed by Agnieszka Lukasiak, at the Warsaw, Pusan, and Nordic Days film festivals. It followed the Visegrad/UK coproduction of Janosik. A True Story directed by Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik; and a personal success for Apple Film founder Dariusz Jablonski, as writer/director of the documentary War Games and the Man Who Stopped Them which premiered as the opening film of IDFA before going on to festival successes worldwide. Following is an overview of Apple Film's most recent films, films in production, and projects in development.
PROJECTS IN DEVELOPMENT
Director: Dariusz Jabłoński
Writers: Dariusz Jabłoński, Krzysztof Łukaszewicz
Based on a tragic event which took place at a Canadian airport in October 2007 when a Polish immigrant was killed by security guard with a taser gun. An amateur video footage, shot by accidental witness and showing this tragedy, was watched on You Tube by millions of people all over the world.
IMMIGRANTS will be almost a real events' reconstruction with some fiction elements, stylistically close to „Short Film about Killing" by Krzysztof Kieslowski, a classic morality based on the reality of our times after September 11.
35 mm, color, 100`
Director: Władysław Pasikowski
Writer: Władysław Pasikowski
A peaceful village embodying the idyllic beauty of the Polish countryside harbours a dark secret: the collective murder by the inhabitants of their Jewish neighbours during World War II.
Two estranged brothers: one „good," the other „bad" according to their father, discover the secret and are faced with the need to revise their perception of their father, and consequently their family, neighbors, country, and national history.
This is a film about making such judgments, told through the stories of ordinary people who have nothing to do with politics, through their fundamental decency and righteousness, their baseness and their lies.
35mm, color, 110'
Release planned for: 2012
Director: Artur Urbański
Writer: Artur Urbański
It is a film about the fraught relationship between an aging man and his grown-up son, who has just become a father himself. It's an uncompromising tale about dealing with the passage of time, growing up, family responsibilities, aging and, finally, letting go of life.
„With this film I would like to tell the story of a father-son relationship, explore the complexities and consequences it involves, and show how difficult, if not impossible, it is for a son to give up the role model his father had been. I believe this relationship is seminal in defining the way we interact with the world at large."
Artur Urbanski's feature debut „Bellissima", has been shown at IFF Toronto („Discoveries" section) and awarded, among others, at Venice International TV Festival and Polish Film Festival.
35 mm, color, 110`
THE WHITE CIRCUS
Directors: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski
Writers: Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski
Genre: Fantastical epic
The White Circus is the last dream of the twentieth century; a fable of war, youth, love and heroism.
A naive and foolishly romantic Canadian Pilot crashes his plane after being shot down on his first mission. Scared and alone, he is swept up into a thrilling and terrible adventure. Before the night is over he will fall in love with a beautiful cabaret singer, find a companion and romantic rival in a talking circus Bear, and be the catalyst for the town`s revolution and liberation from a maniacal despot.
At the film`s end, he emerges from his ordeal - perhaps not wise, but far less of a fool.
Produced by Silo Corporation in co-production with Foundation Features, National Film Board in Canada, Apple Film Production, Lago Film GmbH
ENCHANTRESS OF NUMBERS
Director: Bruce Beresford
Writer: Shanee Edwards
The middle of 19th century. Beautiful, extremely talented young woman is accused by British Academy of „teaching a machine how to think". She was called Ada Byron King and she is now widely recognized and esteemed by computer users. Her contribution to development of computer programming was so significant, that in 1980 US Defense Department called the first computer language „ADA" and Microsoft used her image on its holograms.
Based on a true story, funny and melodrama-tic at the same time, tale of Ada Byron King, Countess Lovelace, the daughter of famous Lord Byron.
35 mm, color, 110`
Produced by Enchantress Production LLC in co-production with Apple Film Production, Alwernia Studios
THE JOURNEY TO ZAMOŚĆ
Writer: Hadar Galron
Legend has it that when God gave out wisdom, he missed one Jewish village in Poland -Chelm. But who needs wisdom in a world where logic no longer exists?
When Chelm's only clock stops, on September first 1939 - Mendle the time-keeper is chosen to travel to the nearby city of Zamość, check the time on their famous clock tower, come back and set Chelm's clock anew!
News of Mendles' journey brings a handful of colorful characters, each with his or her own dream, to join the rickety wagon to Zamość.
But the merry group soon discovers that outside their village the world is at war. They move us from laughter to tears with their naïveté and helplessness, each dangerous encounter further convincing them that the world has gone crazy and the only sane place is back home...
Little do they know that ‘home' no longer exists.
A fantasy journey combining live action with 3d (CGI) elements.
35mm, color, 90`
Produced by Eden Productions in co-production with Apple Film Production
LULLABY TO MY FATHER
Director: Amos Gitai
Writer: Amos Gitai
Director: Juraj Nvota
Writer: Ľubomír Slivka
Director: Lech Majewski
Writer: Dagmar Gabler
PROJECT IN PRODUCTION
LAND OF OBLIVION
Director: Michale Boganim
Writer: Michale Boganim
Cast: Olga Kurylenko, Andrzej Chyra
Year 1986. Prypec, a town just next to Chernobyl, few days before the catastrophe. Wedding of Peter and Anna is suddenly interrupted by the fire of the nuclear power station. Being a fireman Peter is called on to put out the fire. Young bride stays at the wedding with guests waiting for her brand new husband.
It's the first fiction feature about the biggest nuclear catastrophe in the modern world directed by young French director Michale Boganim, whose films were shown at the biggest film festivals in the world: Cannes, Venice, Berlin and Karlovy Vary.
35mm, color, 110`
Release planned for: 2011
Produced by Les Films du Poisson in co-production with Arte, Nikovantastic Films, Apple Film Production supported by Eurimages, Cinecinéma, Foundation GAN, the CNC, Polish Film Institute
PROJECT IN POST-PRODUCTION
Director: Ami Drozd
Writer: Ami Drozd
Cast: Jakub Wroblewski, Lukasz Sikora, Aleksandra Poplawska, Avraham Horovitz, Lillian Roth, Shmuel Edelman, Yuli Ildis
City of Lodz in Poland, after the Second World War. Two brothers, Tadek and Andrzej, grow up without father, and their mother, so busy at work, do not notice when boys join a rowdy and anti-Semitic organization. Only, when during a fight one of the boys gets hurt, she realizes what is going on. Then she decides to leave Poland together with her family and go to...Australia. At the end of the trip it comes out that the goal was not to reach Australia but Israel. Boys become conscious of their and their family roots. The film is a full of emotions but also humorous tentative of self statement, and in case of both kids as well as based on social stereotypes brings humoristic and brutal situations.
Produced by Transfax Film Production, Apple Film Production supported by Polish Film Institute, The Cinema Project a joint project of The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts & the Recanati Foundation
35 mm, color, Dolby SR, 90`
WAR GAMES AND THE MAN WHO STOPPED THEM
Writer: Dariusz Jabłoński
It is a story about a man whom historians consider as the most important spy of the cold war era. The main character of Dariusz Jabloński's documentary is Ryszard Kukliński, a colonel in headquarters of the Polish Army in the ‘70s. Between 1972 and 1981 he handed over to the West over 40 thousand pages of the top secret Warsaw Pact documents. Some people claim that if it wasn't for those documents, maybe all Europe would be licking their wounds after the worldwide nuclear cataclysm. Americans see him as a hero, Russians - as a traitor, Poles are divided. Kukliński considered himself as an ordinary soldier, who - whatever he was doing, was doing it for his country.
Production Apple Film Production in co-production with Telewizja Polska S.A., ARTE, Trigon Production co-financing Polish Film Institute, Ministry of Culture of Slovak Republic with the support of Media Programme Of European Union
35 mm, color, Dolby Digital, 113`
Released: 2009, Poland
World sales: First Hand Films
IDFA 2009, Amsterdam, opening film, official selection
Hot Docs 2010, Toronto, World Showcase programme
Doc.Fest 2010, Munich, official selection
Montreal International Film Festival 2010, official selection
Bergen International Film Festival 2010, documentary section
RIDM. Montreal International Documentary Festival 2010
JANOSIK. THE TRUE STORY
Directors: Agnieszka Holland, Kasia Adamik
Writer: Eva Borušovičova
Cast: Václav Jiráček, Michał Żebrowski, Ivan Martinka, Sarah Zoe Canner
Young Janosik, burnt out by war experiences and disappointed in love, joins team of brigands. Soon he becomes the troop's leader and is recognized as a brave but honorable commander, as he never kills anyone he robs. Alongside the fame he also starts enjoying popularity among women. But Janosik's success raises jealousy in one of the troop's member, greedy and brutal Huncaga.
The story of Janosik, a legendary „Central European Robin Hood", based on a real XVIII century documents and on a romantic legend.
Apple Film Production in co-production with In Film, Telewizja Polska S.A. - Film Agency, Charlie's, Eurofilm Studio, HBO Central Europe supported by Polish Film Institute, Ministry of Culture Slovak Republic
35 mm cinemascope, color, Dolby Digital, 140`
World sales: Shoreline Entertainment
Czech Finale Plzen Festival
nominated for Polish Film Awards Eagles in the categories: Best Sound and Best Costumes nominated for Slovakian Film Award Sun in The Net in three categories: Best Costumes, Best Set Design and Best Make-up
BETWEEN TWO FIRES
Director: Agnieszka Lukasiak
Writer: Agnieszka Lukasiak
Cast: Magdalena Popławska, Kamila Nowysz, Simon Kassianides, Leila Haji, Fredrik Ohlsson
Young woman and her daughter escape from child trafficking in Belarus and ends up in refugee camp in North Sweden.
Fighting for survival, she becomes an easy prey to strange world surrounding her. Soon she will face extreme choices that will turn her life into a nightmare.
Produced by Hob AB in co-production with Apple Film Production, Filmpool Nord AB, Republiken AB, Sonet Film AB supported by The Swedish Film Institute, The Polish Film Institute, The MEDIA Programme of the European Community
35 mm, color, Dolby Digital, 130`
Warsaw International Film Festival 2010, official selection, 1-2 Competition
Pusan International Film Festival, official selection
52. Nordic Film Days Luebeck - Church Film Prize