FESTIVALS: 52nd Krakow Film Festivals Announced Competition Films

By Krakow Film Festival

    {mosimage}KRAKOW: 42 titles representing three film genres: documentary, feature and animation will be competing for a Golden Dragon statue and 30k PLN in the International Short Film Competition of the 52nd KFF (www.krakowfilmfestival.pl).

    This year's edition of the feature competition is a special occasion to become familiar with the cinema of this genre, represented by outstanding and award-winning directors of the younger generation, however not only, as Denis Tanovic, the famous author of "No Man's Land" will join the competitors. We will see an array of stars such as Gerard Depardieu, Michael Fassbender, Melissa Leo, Julia Louis Dreyfus and Liam Cunnigham on screen. In the auditorium we will see the authors of the screened films and winners of the most important international film awards, such as Oscar, Emma, BAFTA and the French Cesar.

    The documentary part of the competition look equally as interesting and varied.

    After last year's competition where the winners included an animated documentary, a documentary animation and a feature film which pretended to be a document, at this edition we will also see films which do not stick to the tradition - says the festival director, Krzysztof Gierat. After the Berlin success we will see a documentary musical "The Man that Got Away". The short documentary will take us to different parts of the world where unusual stories take place - states the festival director.

    Fans of animated films will have the chance to see the latest films of the genre from the entire world, this time with a strong stress on the Estonian school, its subject and aesthetic variety.

    The list of this year's candidates for the Golden Dragon award:


    1. 24 Buckets, 7 Mice, 18 Years, dir. Marius Iacob, Romania, 30'

    2. Crossed Out, dir. Roberto Duarte, Sweden, 28'

    3. Fathers And Sons, dir. Kaan Mujdeci, Turkey, 27'

    4. Amateur Filmaker, dir. Volha Dashuk, Belarus, 26'

    5. The Man that Got Away, dir. Trevor Anderson, Canada, 25'

    6. Chronicle Of Oldrich S., dir. Rudolf Šmíd, Czech Republic,17'

    7. Split, dir. Rodrigo T. Marques, Eduardo Consonni, Brasil, 17'

    8. The Ambassador & Me, dir. Jan Czarlewski, Switzerland, 16'

    9. We Die, dir. Josephine Links, Germany, 16'

    10. Home Turf, dir. Ross Whitaker, Ireland, 14'

    11. The Fisherman, dir. Tom Burke, Ireland, 13'

    12. Odysseus's Gambit, dir. Alex Lora, USA/Spain,12'

    13. A Day on the Drina, dir. Ines Tanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 17'


    1. The Sea Is All I Know, dir. Jordan Bayne, USA, 29'

    2. Sit, Roll Over, Play Dead, dir. Edgard F.Grima, France, 28'

    3. Picture Paris, dir. Brad Hall, USA, 27'

    4. Baggage, dir. Danis Tanovic, Bosnia i Herzegovina, 27'

    5. Shoot the Moon, dir. Alexander Gaeta, USA, 27'

    6. Tuba Atlantic, dir. Hallvar Witzo, Norway, 25'

    7. Seven Years of Winter, dir. Marcus Schwenzel, Germany/Denmark, 22'

    8. Beast, dir. Attila Till, Hungary, 20'

    9. Curfew, dir. Shawn Christensen, USA, 19'

    10. Winter Frog, dir. Slony Sow, France, 17'

    11. This Is Not an Umbrella, dir. Zoe Wittock, USA/Belgium, 19'

    12. The Factory, dir. Aly Muritiba, Brasil, 15'

    13. Pitch Black Heist, dir. John Maclean, United Kingdom, 13'

    14. Punched, dir. Michael Rittmannsberger, Austria, 11'

    15. Kiss & Kill, dir. Alain Ross, France, 10'


    1. The House, dir. David Buob, Germany, 7'

    2. Not about Us, dir. Michael Frei, Estonia/Switzerland, 4'

    3. Beluga, dir. Shin Hashimoto, Japan, 6'

    4. Catherine the Great, dir. Anna Kuntsman, Israel, 5'

    5. Moxie, dir. Stephen Irwin, United Kingdom, 6'

    6. About Killing the Pig, dir. Simone Massi, Italy, 6'

    7. Natasha, dir. Roman Klokchow, Belgium,14'

    8. Animals for Animals, dir. Tatu Pohjavirta, Mark Ståhle, Finland, 10'

    9. Body Memory, dir. Ülo Pikkov, Estonia, 9'

    10. Viewpoint, dir. Hwangbo Sae-byul, South Korea, 9'

    11. Villa Antropoff, dir. Vladimir Leschiov, Kaspar Jancis, Latvia/Estonia,13'

    12. Where Dogs Die, dir. Svetlana Filippova, France,12'

    13. Big House, dir. Kristjan Holm, Estonia, 10'

    14. Fly Mill, dir. Anu-Laura Tuttelberg, Estonia, 7'

    Apart from the main award, the Golden Dragon, the Jury will also grant three prizes equal to the Silver Dragon for the best film director of a documentary, a feature and an animation.

    46 of the latest productions will take part in the Polish competition at the 52nd KFF. The winner will be awarded a Golden Hobby Horse and 20k PLN.

    The submissions for the competition included documentaries (short, mid and full-length), animated (up to 30 mins) and feature films (up to 30 min). The productions which have not been distributed in Polish cinemas so far and had not been presented at any festival before the 52th edition of the Krakow Film Festival had the priority in selection.

    A lot of our directors work abroad now. This is the first observation looking at the selection of Polish films. Just like last year, surprisingly, a lot of films is being created somewhere in the world. Russia and the post-soviet areas are the favourites, however a lot of film-makers choose more exotic areas. They must have been jealous about the “Argentinian lesson” by Wojciech Staroń and “Phnom Penh Lullaby” by Paweł Kloc and therefore they did not listen to the call saying “go back to the country” – comments festival director, Krzysztof Gierat.

    The Polish representation in the international competitions will constitute of six titles. Four of them are excellent documentaries: "Vera Gran" by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz, "Dad Went Fishing" by Grzegorz Pacek, "Entangled" by Lidia Duda and "Stars" by Adam Palenta. The remaining two is a feature film from the communist times "A Porter From 'Mewa' Hotel" by Michał Janow as well as the animation by Piotr Szczepanowicz "The Railway Watchman".

    Films which will be screened in a block out of the competition “Panorama of the Polish Film” have been chosen from the films which have not qualified for the competition.

    Below the list of the films which have qualified for the Polish competition:


    1. Kotan's Children, dir. Mirosław Dembiński, 70’
    2. Vera Gran, dir. Maria Zmarz- Koczanowicz, 67’
    3. Harbour Of Hope, dir. Magnus Gertten, Poland/Sweden, 75’
    4. Survive Afghanistan, dir. Małgorzata Imielska, 54’
    5. Dream Of San Juan, dir. Joaquin Del Paso, Jan Paweł Trzaska, 52’
    6. Dad Went Fishing, dir. Grzegorz Pacek, 51’
    7. Entangled, dir. Lidia Duda, 50’
    8. Losing Sonia, dir. Radka Franczak, 50’
    9. One Meter Above The Ground, dir. Tomasz Wiszniewski, 42’
    10. Bird’s Eye View At The Killing’s, dir. Michał Nekanda-Trepka, 45’
    11. Redcurrants, dir. Leo Kantor, 34’
    12. We Will Be Happy One Day, dir. Paweł Wysoczański, 43’
    13. Galumphing, dir. Kamila Józefowicz, 40’
    14. My Notes From The Underground, dir. Jacek Petrycki, 39’
    15. My House Without Me, dir. Magdalena Szymków, Poland/United Kingdom, 28’
    16. Samosiuk. The Independent Film Republic, dir. Adam Lewandowski, 28’
    17. Loneliness Of Sound, dir. Jacek Piotr Bławut, 30’
    18. 18 kg, dir. Kacper Czubak, 24’
    19. John According To Himilsbach, dir. Andrzej Wąsik, 22’
    20. Camp, dir. Tomasz Jeziorski, 19’
    21. Written In Ink, dir. Martin Rath, 11’
    22. The Whistle, dir. Grzegorz Zariczny, 16’
    23. Stars, dir. Adam Palenta, 8’
    24. Walk, dir. Filip Jacobson, 6’


    1. To War We Go!, dir. Krzysztof Kasior, 29’
    2. A Porter From 'Mewa' Hotel, dir. Michał Janów, 27’
    3. Basia From Podlachia, dir. Aleksander Dembski, 30’
    4. Look At Me, dir. Katarzyna Jungowska, 30’
    5. The Lake, dir. Jacek Piotr Bławut, 26’
    6. 4:13 To Katowice, dir. Andrzej Stopa, 23’
    7. Watermelon, dir. Tato Kotetishvili, Poland/Georgia, 10’


    1. The Railway Watchman, dir. Piotr Szczepanowicz, 11’
    2. Lumberjack, dir. Paweł Dębski, 15’
    3. The Diver, dir. Agata Gorządek, 11’
    4. Not For Children, dir. Paulina Sobczak, 6’
    5. Full Sun, dir. Adela Kaczmarek, 8’
    6. We Will Leave This Place Together, dir. Paulina Bobrycz-Rogala, 10’
    7. You Can't Beat The Movies, dir. Urszula Palusińska, 5’
    8. Noise, dir. Przemysław Adamski, 7’
    9. Paper Box, dir. Zbigniew Czapla, 9’
    10. Mirage, dir. Izumi Yoshida, 6’
    11. On Saint Vincent's Day, dir. Stachu Furman, 5’
    12. The Good, The Beauty And The Truth, dir. Balbina Bruszewska, 6’
    13. Traps, dir. Renata Gąsiorowska, 5’
    14. Good News Bad News, dir. Kacper Shikeli, 11’
    15. Dr Character Presents II, dir. Piotr Dumała, 8’

    Polish films selected to the international competitions:

    International Documentary Competition:

    1. Vera Gran, dir. Maria Zmarz- Koczanowicz, 67’
    2. Dad Went Fishing, reż. Grzegorz Pacek, 51’
    3. Entangled, reż. Lidia Duda, 50’

    International Short Film Competition:

    1. Stars, dir. Adam Palenta, 8’
    2. A Porter From 'Mewa' Hotel, dir. Michał Janów, 27’
    3. The Railway Watchman, dir. Piotr Szczepanowicz, 11’