The Polish movie trade is embracing selection and high-profile worldwide collaborations, with a slew of recent co-productions already producing buzz amongst patrons and competition programmers. “Increasingly more established filmmakers, who used to search for collaborators in Romania or Hungary, are actually coming to Poland — largely as a result of we’re backed by concrete establishments and since there’s cash,” says producer Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska of Madants, heading to Berlinale’s European Movie Market with “Ultima Thule” and Goran Stolevski’s “Housekeeping for Novices.”
“Our crews communicate English and work overseas. We’re seen internationally,” she provides.
Madants can also be behind James Napier Robertson’s upcoming Polish-Kiwi title “Joika,” one in every of six worldwide co-productions backed by the Polish Movie Institute in 2022. The shingle’s slate consists of Małgorzata Szumowska and Michał Englert’s “Let Me Out” and Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s follow-up to “The Silent Twins,” “Scorching Spot.”
“International producers and patrons are actively looking for brand spanking new initiatives by these [established] filmmakers. The scope of our co-productions has elevated and we’re opening up for brand spanking new areas,” provides Weronika Czołnowska, head of trade at Poland’s New Horizons Movie Competition. Mentioning the likes of “Pierce,” teased because the first-ever co-production between Poland, Singapore and Taiwan.
“There’s a big curiosity in working with Poland. Up to now, it wasn’t all the time the case,” says Czołnowska.
As for upcoming movies, Warsaw Movie Competition’s Stefan Laudyn singles out Sławomir Fabicki’s “Anxiousness” (Poland, Germany and Switzerland), whereas Paweł Pawlikowski’s common collaborator Ewa Puszczyńska of Excessive Feelings is about to pique curiosity with minority co-production “Mammalia,” a “surreal journey by the disaster of manhood” by Sebastian Mihăilescu.
However all eyes are additionally on Jonathan Glazer’s Holocaust-themed “The Zone of Curiosity.” Shot fully in Poland and his first since “Below the Pores and skin,” it’s lastly set to premiere this yr.
“The A-list shouldn’t be afraid of Poland anymore. We’re actively making these connections as effectively, but it surely’s now not one-sided,” says Puszczyńska. “Individuals seen that we all know what we’re doing. Everyone seems to be searching for cash, cheaper places, and our nation can stand in for Berlin, like in Spielberg’s ‘Bridge of Spies’ or for that ‘Parisian’ avenue in ‘Chilly Warfare.’” She additionally cites the advantages of the Polish money rebate system.
With Pawlikowski at work on “Island,” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Rooney Mara, and set to start out capturing in Could, “Chilly Warfare” breakout Joanna Kulig will open the German fest with Rebecca Miller’s “She Got here to Me,” alongside Peter Dinklage and Anne Hathaway.
“We hold speaking about feelings in movies, however we will’t neglect concerning the kind both, about innovation. Because of Paweł’s ‘Ida,’ we obtained our foot within the door and we aren’t planning to shut it,” notes Puszczyńska.
With Polish Movie Institute backing such micro-budget productions as sci-fi fantasy “All Hope in Them” by Piotr Biedroń, a uncommon leap into style filmmaking, or interval thriller “Doppelgänger” with previous Berlinale Taking pictures Star Jakub Gierszał, fiction movies embrace selection.
“I like style cinema. Every little thing I’ve made thus far falls into that field, or not less than a mixture of it. With the ability to reconstruct yesterday’s world by costume and set design is thrilling to me,” says director Jan Holoubek, additionally behind the well-received “25 Years of Innocence.”
Documentary filmmakers, nonetheless, are specializing in the current, and present political unrest, as native trade gamers carry on talking out in opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
“I couldn’t simply seize the digicam and shoot. At first, I used to be crying each time I used to be crossing the border,” says Piotr Pawlus about his Discussion board title “In Ukraine,” co-directed by Tomasz Wolski.
“We’re displaying struggle with out struggle,” provides the latter. “Our movie relies on static photographs, on commentary. We speak about day by day lives of [Ukrainian] folks, of how they’re attempting to manage.”
In the identical part, Alisa Kovalenko’s “We Will Not Fade Away” (co-produced by Katarzyna Kuczyńska and Tomasz Morawski of Haka Movies) exhibits Ukrainian teenagers dreaming of a once-in-a-lifetime journey, with Kuczyńska praising the “tenacity” of their younger heroes, attempting to see the world outdoors Donbas.
Conflicts will probably be current additionally in Vita Maria Drygas’ “Hazard Zone,” offered by Dogwoof, which tackles “struggle tourism” and other people searching for an entire totally different thrill, or not less than frontline selfie.
“I got here throughout this topic once I was ending a movie concerning the Maidan revolution. Then the struggle began and I noticed a handwritten signal: ‘Low-cost excursions throughout the entrance line,’” recollects the director.
“We stay in a world the place struggle has grow to be a product. For the victims, it’s a tragedy. For others, it’s an adrenaline rush. What’s vital, nonetheless, is that a few of my characters managed to have a look at issues from one other perspective,” says Drygas.
That perspective fuels “Delegation” by Asaf Saban — a Era 14plus title with Koi Studio connected — that follows three Israeli pals visiting Holocaust websites in Poland.
“We had the pandemic and closed borders, inflation, change price fluctuations. On the identical time, it could possibly be referred to as a traditional co-production, one the place the potential for cooperation reaches all ranges,” says producer Agnieszka Dziedzic.
Warsaw-based New Europe Movie Gross sales, which is dealing with “Delegation’s” gross sales, can also be readying for animated “The Peasants,” made by the staff behind Oscar-nominated “Loving Vincent.”
“We’re doing many pre-sales on that title. Most of Europe is already gone,” NEFS’ Jan Naszewski says, with producer Sean Bobbitt assuring that the variation of Władysław Reymont’s novel, set in nineteenth century, will really feel related to at present’s audiences.
“The characters, the feelings, the conflicts — these are fundamental human feelings. Additionally, Penguin simply launched a brand new English translation,” he jokes.
“It’s a powerful yr for Polish minority co-productions. We’re presenting ‘Delegation,’ ‘Disco Boy’ performs in the principle competitors and there are extra initiatives hoping for Cannes and Venice picks,” sums up Naszewski.
“I believe we’ve jumped heading in the right direction,” provides Śmieja-Rostworowska. “We’re lastly catching up with the world.”
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