FNE at Berlinale 2016: Polish Film in Berlin

By Polish Film Institute

    The festival lineup features several films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The festival will also host a number of events related to Polish cinema.

    United States of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski photo Oleg MutuTomasz Wasilewski's New Feature Screening in Main Competition

    One of 23 films from around the world screening in the 66th Berlinale Main Competition is Zjednoczone Stany Miłości (United States of Love), the latest film by director Tomasz Wasilewski, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Variety put Tomasz Wasilewski on 10 Europeans to Watch list. 

    Zjednoczone Stany Miłości (United States of Love) is in the running for the following awards: the Golden Bear for Best Film; the Silver Bear for Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, or Best Screenplay; the Alfred Bauer Prize for opening new perspectives on cinematic art, as well as awards for Best Cinematography, Best Music, Best Editing, and Best Costume Design. The competition films are also judged by independent bodies, including the FIPRESCI jury and the ecumenical jury.

    Małgorzata Szumowska in Main Competition Jury

    The Main Competition entries will be judged by jury members Meryl Streep (head of the jury), Małgorzata Szumowska, Clive Owen, Alba Rohrwacher, Brigitte Lacombe, Nick James, and Lars Eidinger. Zjednoczone Stany Miłości (United States of Love) will screen in Main Competition along with the latest works of such acclaimed filmmakers as Thomas Vinterberg, Mia Hansen-Løve, André Téchiné, and Lav Diaz.

    A Film Co-Financed by the Polish Film Institute in Berlinale Lineup

    Tomasz Wasilewski's latest feature is a Polish-Swedish co-production, with cinematography by Oleg Mutu (who previously lensed Cristian Mungiu's 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days, winner of the Palme d'Or in Cannes, as well as Sergey Loznitsa's In the Fog). The film was produced by Mañana and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. In 2014, the project had been presented at the CineMart co-production market of the 43rd Rotterdam International Film Festival. World sales are handled by New Europe Film Sales.

    Screening Schedule

    • 19.02, 9:00am, Berlinale Palast (press screening)
    • 19.02, 4:00pm, Berlinale Palast
    • 20.02, 9:30am, Friedrichstadt-Palast
    • 20.02, 10:00am, Zoo Palast 1
    • 20.02, 9:00pm, Friedrichstadt-Palast
    • 21.02, 10:30pm, International

    Zud in Generation Kplus Competition

    Zud by Marta Minorowicz photo courtesy of Otter FilmsZud, a film directed by Marta Minorowicz and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will compete for the Crystal Bear award in the Generation Kplus competition. This competition is judged by a professional jury (this year's jury members are Anne Kodura, Nagesh Kukunoor and Kathy Loizou), as well as a children's jury.
    Zud is a story of Mongolian nomads, and marks the feature debut by director Marta Minorowicz, author of multiple award-winning documentary films. Her short film Kawałek lata (A Piece of Summer) received the Grand Prize at the 2011 Clermont-Ferrand festival, the Golden Dove at DOK.Leipzig, and the Grand Prize at the "Man in Danger" Media Festival. The film stars real-life nomads, Sukhbat Batsaikhan and Batsaikhan Budee. Other parts have also been cast with indigenous inhabitants of the Mongolian steppe. The film was written by Marta Minorowicz and Kenneth McBride, lensed by Paweł Chorzępa, and edited by Beata Walentowska.

    Polish-German Co-Production

    The film was made in co-production between Poland and Germany. The producer on the Polish side is Anna Wydra of Otter Films, while the producers on the German side are Ann Carolin Renninger and Thomas Kufus of zero one film. The film was produced with co-financing from the Polish Film Institute, Eurimages, FFA Filmförderungsanstalt, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, and the MEDIA programme. The project had also been developed at the EAVE workshop, the NIPKOW programme, and Dragon Forum. World sales are handled by Manuela Buono of Slingshot Films.

    Screening Schedule

    • 14.02, 10:00am, HKW
    • 15.02, 10:00am, Filmtheater am Friedrichshain
    • 21.02, 12:30pm, Zoo Palast 1

    Ja, Olga Hepnarová (I, Olga Hepnarová) as Opening Film in the Panorama Section

    I, Olga Hepnarova by Tomas Weinreb and Petr KazdaJa, Olga Hepnarová (I, Olga Hepnarová), a film by Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda, is in the Panorama lineup at this year's Berlinale, and will screen as opening film in this section. The film stars Polish actress Michalina Olszańska and was lensed by Adam Sikora. Production on the Polish side was handed by Wrocław-based Media Brigade. Ja, Olga Hepnarová (I, Olga Hepnarová) is a Czech-Polish-Slovak co-production, made with financial support of the Polish Film Institute and the Lower Silesian Film Fund. The film marks the directing and producing debut of Tomáš Weinreb and Petr Kazda, who also authored the script. The film is also eligible for the Best First Feature Award for films screening in Main Competition, Panorama, Forum, and Perspektive Deutsches Kino. Film debuts will be judged by jury members Enrico Lo Verso, Ursula Meier, and Michel Franco.

    Screening Schedule

    • 11.02, 9:00pm, CinemaxX 7
    • 11.02, 9:15pm, CinemaxX 5
    • 11.02, 9:30pm, CinemaxX 4
    • 12.02, 10:45pm, CineStar 3
    • 13.02, 8:15pm, Cubix 7
    • 13.02, 8:15pm, Cubix 8
    • 18.02, 2:00pm, International
    • 21.02, 8:15pm, Cubix 8
    • 21.02, 8:15pm, Cubix 7

    Polish Co-Productions and Polish Filmmakers in Other Festival Sections

    Ilegitim (Illegitimate), a Romanian-Polish-French co-production directed by Adrian Sitaru, and Maquinaria Panamericana (Panamerican Machinery), a Mexican-Polish co-production directed by Joaquín del Paso, will screen in the Forum section of this year's Berlinale. The festival lineup also features several films by Polish-born filmmakers working abroad. Piotr J. Lewandowski will show his German feature debut Jonathan in the Panorama section, while this year's Berlinale Specials include a screening of The Season in Quincy, a four-essay documentary about British intellectual and storyteller John Berger. One of the essays was filmed by Tilda Swinton, another by Polish-born UK-based director-cinematographer Bartek Dziadosz. The lineup of the Forum Expanded section of the festival will feature The Right, a German-Polish video project by Assaf Gruber. One of the members of Label Europa Cinemas jury (Panorama section) is Małgorzata Kuzdra from the Cinema Muza in Poznań (last year she juged films at Berlinale in the CICAE jury - this year this role will fall to Ewa Kujawińska and Michał Matuszewski).

    Berlinale Talents 2016

    Berlinale Talents is the new name of Talent Campus, a series of workshops for young filmmakers. This year marks the 16th edition of the workshop, organized annually as a sidebar of the Berlin IFF. This year's edition will be attended by a total of nine participants from Poland: Kacper Czubak (cinematographer), Aniko Kiss (production designer), Bartosz Warwas (director), Aleksandra Gowin (editor), Katarzyna Gondek (director), Jan Kwieciński (producer), Wojciech Stuchlik (producer), Wiktor Piątkowski (screenwriter), and Monika Pawluczuk (director). Berlinale Talents 2016 runs from February 13 through February 18.

    Further details available at: www.berlinale-talents.de.

    European Film Market 2016

    In addition to the films screening in this year's festival lineup, the EFM will also screen the following Polish films and co-productions: Baby Bump by Kuba Czekaj; 11 minut (11 Minutes) by Jerzy Skolimowski; Niewinne (Agnus Dei) by Anne Fontaine; Wszystkie nieprzespane noce (All These Sleepless Nights) by Michał Marczak; Ederly by Piotr Dumała; Intruz (The Here After) by Magnus von Horn; Córki Dancingu (The Lure) by Agnieszka Smoczyńska; Obce niebo (Strange Heaven) by Dariusz Gajewski, Moje córki krowy (These Daughters of Mine) by Kinga Dębska, and Embers by Claire Carre.

    Further details available at: www.efm-berlinale.de.

    The Polish Film Institute as Official Partner of This Year's Berlinale Co-Production Market (BCPM)

    BCPM is a three-day event at Berlinale, bringing together over 500 carefully selected international film producers. The BCPM programme features Countries-in-Focus sessions, where representatives of six national film institutes, including the Polish Film Institute, will present co-production opportunities and elaborate on the regulations governing co-production financing. Five young Polish producers will attend BCPM as Visitors, taking part in industry events. There will also be representatives of four Polish production companies, as well as observers. This year's 13th edition of the Berlinale Co-Production Market features 36 feature films from 29 countries. The BCPM runs from February 14 through February 16, 2016.

    Further details are available at: www.efm-berlinale.de.

    The Polish Cinema Stand at the 66th Berlin IFF

    Polish Cinema Stand No. 103
    European Film Market Berlin 2016

    The Polish Cinema Stand is co-hosted by the Polish Film Institute, Film Commission Poland and TVP. This is the eleventh year running of Polish Film Institute presence at the EFM, and the sixth consecutive year as an independent Polish stand. This year, the Polish Cinema Stand has a new location, with more exhibition space and room for one-on-one meetings with industry reps. Visit the Polish Cinema Stand to find publications promoting Polish films, including the 2016 New Polish Films catalogue. There will also be a new edition of the New Polish Films app, available for the iPhone and iPad.

    Poles in Berlin

    Film Commission Poland prepared the guide Poles in Berlin. This catalogue aims at introducing in an accessible and brief way the immense potential of the Polish film industry. 

    The 66th Berlin International Film Festival runs from February 11 through February 21, 2016. Further details are available at: www.berlinale.de.

    February 2, 2016, Marta Sikorska

    source: www.pisf.pl




    14.02.2016 10:00 HKW
    15.02.2016 10:00 Filmtheater am Friedrichshain
    21.02.2016 12:30 Zoo Palast 1

    MARKET SCREENING: 10 12.02. 17:15 CinemaxX 



    12.02    21:30   CinemaxX 6  (P&I)
    14.02    19:30    CineStar IMAX
    15.02     11:30   Hau1
    16.02     12:30    Arsenal 1
    17.02      22:00   CineStar 8
    20.02      22:30   Cubix 9

    MARKET SCREENING: 15.02     15:15    CinemaxX 16



    13.02 19:30 Zoo-Palast 2
    14.02 15:45 CineStar 8
    15.02 20:00 Cubix 9
    16.02 17:30 CinemaxX 6 (P&I)
    20.02 21:30 CineStar 8


    12.02 13:10 CinemaxX 16
    15.02 09:45 dffb-Kino          

    MARKET SCREENING:                  

    15.02 11:30 Parliament


    FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:              
    FRI   19 Feb   09:00   BERLINALE PALAST (Press & Industry)
    FRI   19 Feb   16:00   BERLINALE PALAST (Premiere)
    SAT   20 Feb  10:00   ZOO PALAST 1
    SUN  21 Feb  22:30   INTERNATIONAL

    MARKET SCREENING: By invitation only. Contact Jan Naszewski: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    11 MINUTES


    11.02 13:30 CinemaxX Studio 11



    12.02 09:15 CinemaxX 2
    14.02 15:00 CineStar 6



    11.02 15:50 CinemaxX Studio 11
    14.02 11:00 CinemaxX 19


    MARKET SCREENING:                  

    13.02 17:10 Parliament                


    MARKET SCREENING:                

    15.02 18:00 CinemaxX 17



    MARKET SCREENINGS:                

    12.02 13:10 CinemaxX 16
    15.02 09:45 dffb-Kino

    FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:              

    11.02. 20:00 CinemaxX 7 (Premiere)
    12.02.2016  22:45  CineStar 3
    13.02.2016  20:15  Cubix 7&8

    18.02.2016  14:00  International

    21.02.2016   20:15   Cubix 7&8

    MARKET SCREENING:                  

    15.02 11:00 CinemaxX 16


    MARKET SCREENING:                  

    12.02 12:50 CineStar IMAX


    MARKET SCREENING:                 

    12.02 16:30 CinemaxX 18


    MARKET SCREENING:                  

    14.02 11:30 CinemaxX 16


    MARKET SCREENING:                  

    12.02 12:20 Kino Arsenal 2


    FESTIVAL SCREENINGS:                               

    15.02 16:30 Akademie der Künste

    16.02 20:00 Kino Arsenal 1