FNE at Venice IFF 2011: Polish and Czech films in Venice lineup

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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 competition.

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 international sales.

My Name is Ki produced by Skorpion Arte and coproduced by Piramida Film (www.piramidafilm.pl), Film Factory (www.filmfactory.com.pl), Hydrafilm (www.hydrafilm.pl) and Studio UFO with backing from the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl) and Canal Plus Polska (www.canalplus.pl).