By Sydney Levine | Sydneys Buzz July 21, 2014 at 8:30AM
New Films by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek, Marcin Krzysztalowicz, Jolanta Dylewska and Andrzej Wajda, will be presented to the foreign professionals during the key industry event of the 14th T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. The organizers expect around 150 guests to attend.
Polish Days is the most important industry event at the 14.T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (24 July – 3 August 2014), where industry representatives including programmers, sales agents, producers, film funds and distributors from all over the world watch the latest Polish films at closed screenings.
This year’s edition of Polish Days will take place on July 30 – August 1. Six completed Polish films and ten works-in-progress will be shown at closed screenings, while eleven projects will be pitched to the international audience.
Among the finished films, the representatives of the international film industry will have the chance to see "15 Corners of the World" by Zuzanna Solakiewicz, which will have its world premiere in the Films on Art International Competition at the T-Mobile New Horizons IFF and then international premiere in the Settimana della Critica section of the Locarno FF in August. Other films shown in full at the closed screenings during Polish Days include "Gods" by Lukasz Palkowski, "Call me Marianna" by Karolina Bielawska, "Performer" by Lukasz Ronduda and Maciej Sobieszczański and two films that will compete in the Main Competition of the T-Mobile International Film Festival - "How to Disappear Completely" by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek and "Calling" by Marcin Dudziak. The organisers hope to secure one extra title in the last moment before the event starts.
Projects in development presented in the pitching session include, among others, "Hungry" by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, "I’m the Killer" by Maciej Pieprzyca, "Volhynia" by Wojciech Smarzowski, "Window" by Anna Jadowska, "Rosa" by Denijal Hasanovic and "Toxaemia" by Julia Kolberger.
This year, for the first time, two projects presented in the section will be awarded with post-production awards given by Polish Days’ new partners - post-production companies Toya Studios and Chimney Poland.
The works in progress section will show clips from the following films, which are currently in production: "And There Was Love in the Ghetto " by Jolanta Dylewska and Andrzej Wajda, "Carte Blanche" by Jacek Lusiński, "Journey to Rome" by Tomasz Mielnik, "I, Olga Hepnarova" by Tomás Weinreb and Petr Kazda , "The Here After" by Magnus von Horn, "Walser" by Zbigniew Libera and "Close Ups" by Magdalena Piekorz, among others.
The organizers are expecting around 150 guests at the event. Confirmed attendees include programmers from Berlin, Cannes, Rotterdam, Istanbul, Edinburgh, and Hong-Kong, as well as a number of buyers such as Level K, NDM, Premium Films, Film Republic, Alpha Violet, Indie Sales, New Europe Film Sales, Just Film Distribution, Imagine Film, Soda Pictures and Epicentre. This year’s special guests will be a group of Turkish film professionals invited to Wrocław in cooperation with the international film festival in Istanbul, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Turkish Ministry for Culture and Tourism to celebrate the 600 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Polish Days are co-organized with the Polish Film Institute, Odra Film and the Wrocław Film Commission with the support of the Lower Silesia municipality and the city of Wrocław. Event partners include Film Commission Poland, Łódź Film Commission, Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, Poznań Film Commission, Kraków Film Commission, Silesia Film Commission, National Audiovisual Institute, as well as post-production studios Toya Studios and Chimney Poland.
Full list of presented films:
"15 Corners of the World" (15 stron świata) , dir. Zuzanna Solakiewicz
"How to Disappear Completely" (Jak całkowicie zniknąć) , dir. Przemysław Wojcieszek
"Call me Marianna" (Mów mi Marianna) , dir. Karolina Bielawska
"Performer" dirs. Lukasz Ronduda and Maciej Sobieszczański
"Calling" (Wołanie) , dir. Marcin Dudziak
"Hungry" (Głodna) , dir. Katarzyna Klimkiewicz
"I’m the Killer" (Jestem mordercą) , dir. Maciej Pieprzyca
"All Gone Mad" (Krokodyl) , dir. Aleksandra Niemczyk
"Maya + Theo and Others" (Maja + Theo i inni) , dir. Filip K. Kasperaszek
"Window" (Okno) , dir. Anna Jadowska
"The Wounded Beast" (Ranne Zwierzę) , dir. Piotr Trzaskalski
"Nano" (Rdzeń) , dir. Piotr Ryczko
"Rosa" , dir. Denijal Hasanovic
"Owl, the Baker’s Daughter" (Sowa, córka piekarza) , dir. Grzegorz Jarzyna
"Toxaemia" (Toksymia) , dir. Julia Kolberger
"Volhynia" ( Wołyń) , dir. Wojciech Smarzowski
Works in Progress
"Carte Blanche" dir. Jacek Lusiński
"Journey to Rome" (Droga do Rzymu) , dir. Tomasz Mielnik
"Summer Solstice" (Letnie przesilenie) , dir. Michal Rogalski
"The Wall" (Mur) , dir. Dariusz Glazer
"The Here After" (Po śmierci) , dir. Magnus von Horn
"Walser" dir. Zbigniew Libera
"Close Ups" (Zbliżenia), dir. Magdalena Piekorz