04-04-2011

Two films produced by Apple Film Production in the OFF PLUS CAMERA 2011

TWO FILMS PRODUCED BY APPLE FILM PRODUCTION: "BETWEEN TWO FIRES", THE POLISH-SWEDISH FEATURE FILM DEBUT OF AGNIESZKA LUKASIAK, AND "MY AUSTRALIA", THE POLISH-ISRAELI DEBUT OF AMI DROZD, WERE SELECTED FOR THE POLISH FEATURE FILM COMPETITION OF INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT CINEMA OFF PLUS CAMERA 2011

Two films produced by Apple Film Production: "Between Two Fires", the Polish-Swedish feature film debut of Agnieszka Lukasiak, and "My Australia", the Polish-Israeli debut of Ami Drozd, were selected for the Polish Feature Film Competition of International Festival of Independent Cinema OFF PLUS CAMERA 2011.,

OFF PLUS CAMERA is a unique major event in Eastern Europe dedicated to the world's independent cinema. This year for the first time there will be the Polish Feature Film Competition within the festival. It will consist of 10 full feature films produced in the last year. Jury will select a winner who will receive the Polish Film Noble prize. Organizers about the competition: "The section is new in the festival programme. Its goal is to promote what's best and most original in the Polish cinema. The films qualified for the competition will be the review of the most interesting phenomena and trends that appeared in the Polish cinematography over the last year."

"Between Two Fires", Agnieszka Lukasiak's feature film debut, had its world premiere at Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea in October 2010, after which there was the European premiere at Warsaw Film Festival. In November 2010 Agnieszka Lukasiak was awarded the Interfilm Church Prize by the Ecumenical Jury of Nordic Film Days in Lubeck, Germany and in February 2011 with a Press Award at the XVIII Nationwide Festival of the Film Art PROWINCJONALIA. Magdalena Popławska, the actress playing Marta was awarded with the Prowincjonalia Audience Award for the Best Female Leading Role.

"Between Two Fires" is a story of Marta that escapes from child trafficking in Belarus and ends up in a 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.

The film brings out the issue of immigration, escaping persecution, fighting for survival and human rights. It's far from showing dry facts and statistics, so typical for news and media transmission. This story is full of real emotions, because each case of immigration is different, each refugee goes through their own drama and fear of death and each story is a unique account of somebody's life, that can never be repeated.
"Between Two Fires" is a Polish-Swedish co-production created by Hob AB in co-production with Apple Film Production, Filmpool Nord AB, Republiken AB and Sonet Film AB, supported by the Swedish Film Institute, the Polish Film Institute, and the MEDIA Programme of the European Community.
The second title produced by Apple Film Production that will be included in the competition is "My Australia", Ami Drozd's feature film debut. The film is 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.

City of Lodz in Poland, after the Second World War. Two brothers, Tadek and Andrzej, grow up without a father, and their mother, so busy at work, does not notice when the boys join the rowdy and anti-Semitic organization. Only when during a fight one of the boys gets hurt, she realizes what's going on. 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 aware of their and their family's roots.

Ami Drozd, director of the film: „In the center of this drama are the children struggling with their own identity in the context of immigration, which is a great shock to them. The problem of defining one's identity in such a young age against the background of stereotypes is a source of both humor and brutality. It's different with young people - the intensity of emotions is huge. This film is based on my own life story, although I believe these events could happen in any other place and time".

"My Australia" is a Polish-Israeli co-production, created by Apple Film Production in co-production with Transfax Film Production, supported by the Polish Film Institute, Cinema Project, The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts and The Recanati Foundation.