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Polish Days, Wroclaw: industry highlights

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Polish Days, Wroclaw: industry highlights
New projects revealed, including thriller described as “David Lynch meets Ken Loach”.

New films by internationally feted Polish filmmakers Jan Komasa, Kuba Czekaj and Dorota Kedzierzawska were among 20 projects presented to sales agents, distributors and festival programmers at the sixth edition of the Polish Days (8-10 August) during this week’s New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.

Komasa - who made his feature debut with Suicide Room - and his producer Leszek Bodzak of Aurum Film (The Last Family) pitched the contemporary social drama Corpus Christi which is based on screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz’s first screenplay for cinema.

The €1m project is being structured as a Polish-French co-production and will begin principal photography in spring 2018.

Bodzak also presented a second feature project, Borys Lankosz’s thriller Dark, Almost Night, which he described as “David Lynch meets Ken Loach”, to begin shooting this autumn with The Last Family’s Dawid Ogrodnik and Aleksandra Konieczna in the cast
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Euro round-up: Ukraine approves rebate, 'Last Family' sweeps Poland's Gdynia fest

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Euro round-up: Ukraine approves rebate, 'Last Family' sweeps Poland's Gdynia fest
Locarno premiere took home eight awards; meanwhile Ukraine greenlights cash rebate scheme.

Jan P. Matuszynski’s feature debut The Last Family swept the board at this year’s Gdynia Film Festival in Poland (19-24 September) with eight awards, including the Golden Lions Grand Prix as well as the awards for Best Actor and Actress and the Audience Award.

The tragicomic story also picked up the Journalists Award, the Onetu Award for the three lead actors Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Seweryn and Dawid Ogrodnik, as well as the Elle Crystal Star and the Golden Kangaroo for director Matuszynski.

Handled internationally by New Europe Film Sales and distributed theatrically in Poland by Kino Swiat, The Last Family had its world premiere in competition at last month’s Locarno Film Festival where the Leopard for Best Actor was awarded to star Andrzej Seweryn for his performance.

Tomasz Wasilewski’s Berlinale competition title United States Of Love - also with New Film
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Locarno Film Review: ‘The Last Family’

Most people outside Poland have never heard of the late-20th-century painter Zdzisław Beksiński, and even within the country few are familiar with director Jan P. Matuszyński. Yet for those paying attention to international arthouse cinema, “The Last Family” should boost name recognition for both. While unable to wholly surmount the usual problem of biopics, which either simplify (not the case here) or allow life’s messiness to remain disjunctured, the film is a remarkable, frequently unsettling exercise in staged voyeurism, recreating the interdependent lives of the three members of the troubled Beksiński family. Visually and musically reproducing the era to a T, and boasting terrific lensing by Kacper Fertacz, “The Last Family” is likely to pick up numerous awards on the festival circuit.

Much of the material for Robert Bolesto’s script comes from Zdzisław’s obsessive, decades-long video- and tape-recording of himself and family (some of it available
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Poland’s Film Biz Builds on Decade of Growth at B.O. and Festivals

Poland’s Film Biz Builds on Decade of Growth at B.O. and Festivals
The Polish film industry has continued to strengthen in the past year, both artistically and commercially, building on a decade of growth. The coming year looks promising, too, with a string of ambitious movies in the pipeline.

February provided one indicator of the good health of the Polish biz. On the one hand, Tomasz Wasilewski’s relationship drama “United States of Love” won the script prize at the Berlin Film Festival, and on the other, Mitja Okorn’s romantic comedy “Planet Single” beat “Deadpool” to top the Polish box office. It is this ability to be audience-, critic- and festival-friendly that has helped the Polish industry to push on year after year, and that is largely due to the support provided by the Polish Film Institute and the regional film funds.

Magdalena Sroka, who took over as general director of the Polish Film Institute in October and describes it as the local industry’s “heart,
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