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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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‘Love Your Neighbor,”Amparo,”Corpus Christi’ Shine at Paris Coproduction Village

Paris– Sharon Bar-Ziv’s “Love Your Neighbor,” the Israeli helmer’s follow up to “Room 514,” Simon Mesa Soto’s feature debut “Amparo” and Polish helmer Jan Komasa’s “Corpus Christi” were the highlights at the 4th Paris Coproduction Village which wrapped on Thursday.

Headed by Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin and Jeremy Zelnik, this edition of the Paris Coproduction Village showcased 12 projects in development looking for French and European co-producers, sales agents and financiers.

“Corpus Christi” turns on Daniel, a 20-year old man who comes out of a Youth Detention Center with the dream of becoming a priest. After facing rejection due to his troubled past, Daniel comes across a local Parish parish priest who suffers from alcoholism and needs his help.

Komasa is one of Poland’s best-known contemporary filmmakers. He previously directed the mini-series “Blood of the Blood,” and the critically-acclaimed films “Warsaw 44” and “Suicide Room.”

Citing “Warsaw 44,” Zelnik said Komasa was one of Poland’s rare directors
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First Look: Trailer for Shanghai Competition Title ‘Carte Blanche’ (Exclusive)

First Look: Trailer for Shanghai Competition Title ‘Carte Blanche’ (Exclusive)
London — Variety has been given exclusive access to the trailer for “Carte Blanche,” which has been selected to play in competition at next week’s Shanghai Film Festival.

The Polish film, which is written and directed by Jacek Lusinski, is a feel-good movie inspired by a true story.

It centers on Kacper, a high-school teacher who starts to lose his sight. The medical diagnosis leaves little hope: Due to a genetic disorder, chances are high he’s facing permanent blindness. Initially heartbroken, he decides to hide his disease, fearing it will cost him his job, which he loves. The pretense demands a lot of effort – remembering his daily routine by heart, pretending to look people in the eye, and so on.

The film stars Andrzej Chyra (“In the Name Of…,” “Elles,” “All That I Love”), Arkadiusz Jakubik (“The Mighty Angel,” “Life Feels Good”) and Urszula Grabowska (“The Closed Circuit”).

Leszek Bodzak produces for Aurum Film.
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