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Gdynia's festival of Polish cinema. 43rd Polish Film Festival
Gdynia

17-22 September, 2018

You don’t have to be a film director, screenwriter, actor or journalist to take part in the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, the largest meeting of filmmakers and Polish cinematography enthusiasts. Accreditations and festival passes for the 43rd PFF can be bought from July, and the sale of tickets for specific screenings will start in early September.

There will be a lot to watch in Gdynia, as 50 film altogether have been qualified for the Main Competition, Visions Apart, and Short Film Competition. In the Main Competition there are two full length directorial debuts and three second films of their creators. In Visions Apart – six debuts and two second films. Seven films from the Main Competition and one from Visions Apart will have their Polish premiere at the Festival in Gdynia. 26 films produced by film schools and numerous producers qualified for the Short Film Competition, including those created as part of the “30 minutes” project implemented by the Munk Studio of the Polish Filmmakers Association.

Debutants and renowned directors will compete for the most important prize of the Gdynia Festival, the Golden Lions for the best feature film. This year we will see new films by such artists as Filip Bajon, Jan Jakub Kolski, Janusz Kondratiuk, Marek Koterski, Paweł Pawlikowski, Wojciech Smarzowski, Małgorzata Szumowska and Krzysztof Zanussi. At the beginning of September, we will find out the members of the juries that will evaluate the competing films and select the prize winners.

An important name of this year's Festival, which has already been announced, is Jerzy Skolimowski – a laureate of Platinum Lions. An outstanding director, screenwriter and film actor, a poet and painter will receive the statuette during the closing ceremony of the 43rd Polish Film Festival. This prize is awarded annually by the Organizing Committee of the Festival to honour the work of outstanding artists. So far, it has been given to (among others) – Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Antczak, Sylwester Chęciński, Tadeusz Chmielewski, Tadeusz Konwicki, Janusz Majewski, Roman Polański, Witold Sobociński, and Jerzy Wójcik. Last year, Jerzy Gruza joined this group.

Apart from competition sections, the programme of the 43rd Polish Film Festival also includes films with Pola Negri in "Pre-War Cinema Treasures", digitally renewed important Polish films in "Pure Classics", and special screenings "In Memoriam" dedicated to recently deceased creators, as well as film screenings honouring the centenary of Polish independence and the anniversary of the events of March '68. Selected international co-productions created with a significant participation of Polish artists will be presented in the "Polonica" section. As every year, viewers in Gdynia will be able to see the best films awarded at the Krakow Film Festival, gathered in the section "KFF Catching Waves". There will also be screenings of features especially related to the city in which the Festival takes place, in the non-competition section "Films from Gdynia".

Musical Theatre, Multikino and Gdynia Film Centre will be taken over by festival film screenings. Right here, in the heart of the city, every cinema lover can feel the festival's unique atmosphere and meet famous actors and film makers even during a walk. Numerous accompanying events, exhibitions, concerts, outdoor film projections, book promotions – all this makes the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia open to the city. It is also a very strong accent for the finale of the cultural summer in Gdynia. It's worth being here!

THE MAIN COMPETITION OF THE 43RD PFF:

“7 emotions”, directed by: Marek Koterski (premiere)
“Autsajder”, directed by: Adam Sikora
“A Hole in the Head”, directed by: Piotr Subbotko (debut)
“Ether”, directed by: Krzysztof Zanussi
“Fugue”, directed by: Agnieszka Smoczyńska (second film)
“A Cat with a Dog”, directed by: Janusz Kondratiuk
“Julius”, directed by: Aleksander Pietrzak (debut)
“The Butler”, directed by: Filip Bajon (premiere)
“Clergy”, directed by: Wojciech Smarzowski (premiere)
“The Mute”, directed by: Bartosz Konopka (second film, premiere)
“Once upon a time in November”, directed by: Andrzej Jakimowski
“Mug”, directed by: Małgorzata Szumowska
“Pardon”, directed by: Jan Jakub Kolski (premiere)
“Werewolf”, directed by: Adrian Panek (second film, premiere)
“Playing Hard”, directed by: Kinga Dębska (premiere)
“Cold War”, directed by: Paweł Pawlikowski

THE VISIONS APART COMPETITION OF THE 43RD PFF:

“53 Wars”, directed by: Ewa Bukowska (debut)
“The Day of Chocolate”, directed by: Jacek Piotr Bławut (debut)
“Another Day of Life”, directed by: Damian Nenow, Raúl de la Fuente (debut)
“My Friend the Polish Girl”, directed by: Ewa Banaszkiewicz, Mateusz Dymek (debut)
“Monument”, directed by: Jagoda Szelc (second film)
“Leave Me Not”, directed by: Grzegorz Lewandowski (second film, premiere)
“Nina”, directed by: Olga Chajdas (debut)
“Windows, Windows”, directed by: Wojciech Solarz (debut)

THE SHORT FILM COMPETITION OF THE 43RD POLISH FILM FESTIVAL:

“1410", dir. by: Damian Kocur, produced by: Gigant Films
“Atlas”, dir. by: Maciej Kawalski, produced by: Studio Munka - Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich / Film Produced by, Film Factory, Locomotive
“Loved ones”, dir. by: Zofia Kowalewska, produced by: Szkoła Filmowa w Łodzi
“Boys With Butterflies”, dir. by: Marcin Filipowicz, produced by: Studio Munka - Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich / Koi Studio, TVN
“Daughter”, dir. by: Mara Tamkovich, produced by: Warszawska Szkoła Filmowa
“For You”, dir. by: Katarzyna Wiśniowska, produced by: Szkoła Filmowa w Łodzi
“Tremors”, dir. by: Dawid Bodzak, produced by: Szkoła Filmowa w Łodzi
“The Beast”, dir. by: Kamila Chojnacka, produced by: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach – Wydział Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego
“Elizabeth”, dir. by: Wojciech Klimala, produced by: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach – Wydział Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego
“Fascinatrix”, dir. by: Justyna Mytnik, produced by: Szkoła Filmowa w Łodzi
“Game of Chicken”, dir. by: Karina Hajdamowicz, produced by: Karina Hajdamowicz
“Girls from the country”, dir. by: Anna Drozdek, produced by: Warszawska Szkoła Filmowa
“Murphy”, dir. by: Ivan Bambalin, produced by: Warszawska Szkoła Filmowa
“My pleasure”, dir. by: Tadeusz Kabicz, produced by: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach – Wydział Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego
“Nicotine”, dir. by: Ewa Wikieł, produced by: Berlińska Akademia Filmowo-Telewizyjna
“Reflection”, dir. by: Emilia Zielonka, produced by: Studio Munka - Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich / Akson Studio, TVN, Gdyński Fundusz Filmowy, Coloroffon, Studio Dźwiękownia
“Operation”, dir. by: Mohammed Almughanni, produced by: Szkoła Filmowa w Łodzi
“The Last Client”, dir. by: Anna Urbańczyk, produced by: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach - Wydział Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego
“Relax”, dir. by: Agnieszka Elbanowska, produced by: Studio Munka - Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich / Rozbrat Film, TVN
“Sashka”, dir. by: Katarzyna Lesisz, produced by: Szkoła Filmowa w Łodzi
“Happiness”, dir. by: Maciej Buchwald, produced by: Szkoła Filmowa w Łodzi
“I’ve Got Something For You Too”, dir. by: Iwo Kondefer, produced by: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach – Wydział Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego
“Cradle Me”, dir. by: David Tejer, produced by: Studio Munka - Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich / Alter Ego Pictures, TVN, Wajda School, Coloroffon, Halo
“Users”, dir. by: Jakub Piątek, produced by: Studio Munka - Stowarzyszenie Filmowców Polskich / Rzeczy, TVN, DI Factory, All, D’Erceville Regiment, Aeroplan, JJ
“Wonder Girls”, dir. by: Anastazja Dąbrowska, produced by: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach – Wydział Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego
“Sophie’s Ordinary Life”, dir. by: Dominika Gnatek, produced by: Uniwersytet Śląski w Katowicach – Wydział Radia i Telewizji im. Krzysztofa Kieślowskiego


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