Polish films will have a strong
presence at the Venice International Film Festival (31 August-10
September 2011) this year with two Polish films in the official
programme. Polish director Roman Polanski’s Carnage a Polish,
French, German and Spanish coproduction staring Jodie Foster, Kate
Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly will screen in the main
Ladzek Dawid’s My Name is Ki (see FNE production
profile 1 June 2011) will screen in the Venice Days section of the
festival. The film won the Best Actress award for its lead actress
Roma Gasiorowska at its premier in Gdynia earlier this year.
It has been a strong year for Polish
films at international festivals this year with Polish films
screening in the Berlin lineup and at many other international
festivals in 2011.
Polanski’s Carnage is an adaptation
of the play God of Carnage about two sets of parents that attack each
other after their children quarrel in a public park. The film is
coproduced by SPI Poland (www.spi.pl).
The Czechs weigh in with the animated
film Alois Nebel directed by Tomas Lunak and produced by the Prague
based Negativ (www.negativ.cz ) The film is a Czech, Slovak, German
coproduction screening out of competition. The film is based on the
famous Czech comic novel and is coproduced by Pallas Film (Germany),
Tobogang (Czech) (www.tobogang.com) with Match Factory handling
My Name is Ki produced by Skorpion Arte
and coproduced by Piramida Film (www.piramidafilm.pl),
Film Factory (www.filmfactory.com.pl),
and Studio UFO with backing from the Polish Film Institute
and Canal Plus Polska (www.canalplus.pl).