Poland pushes hits and works in progress at Karlovy Vary


    The programme of this year's edition of the Karlovy Vary IFF festival lists four Polish titles, but that is not the only way that Poland will be represented at the festival.

    The biggest Polish film event at the festival will be the official Czech premiere of the widely awarded Katyn by Andrzej Wajda. So far the Oscar-nominated movie has made over $11,764,195 worldwide.

    Polish public television TVP will also be promoting its other production, the fantasy movie The Magic Tree made in cooperation with the Polish producer Lunapark. The film is a cinema version of the Emmy-winning Polish television series created by Andrzej Maleszka, who also directed the feature. The movie's budget was €2.4 million (PLN8 million) with the €600,000 input from PFI. "Because the movie is still in the post-production stage, TVP is organizing a work-in-progress screening, to give potential distributors an idea of what the finished picture will look like," Magdalena Janowska of Lunapark told FNE.

    Another a family-oriented production is the cinema version of the popular Polish cartoon Wlatcy Moch (the title means "Lords of the Flies," with child-like grammatical mistakes), which screens in the East of the West - Works in Progress section. The movie's producer is SPI International Polska, a leading Polish independent producer and distributor, with president Piotr Reisch confirming his attendance at the festival. The coarse cartoon about the life of a group of school kids, often called the "Polish South-Park", received €23,624.19 government funding trough PFI and will premiere in Poland in January 2009.

    The Polish Film Institute will promote the national cinema not only by supporting its co-productions. A series of PFI publications will be available in the Film Industry Office, including the New Polish Films 2008 catalogue and the Film Production Guide Poland 2008 containing information on co-operate with Polish filmmakers and filming in Poland.