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‘Killer’ slays Polish B.O.

WARSAW — The Polish film industry has a hit on its hands. The comedy called “Killer” is nudging 1.3 million admissions and is already the largest-grossing Polish film ever.

Directed by Juliusz Machulski, “Killer,” which opened five weeks ago, looks set to be the biggest film of the year in Poland, surpassing foreign blockbusters for the first time.

Machulski, who has long been noted as an expert in comedy films in Poland and whose satirical bent once earned him censorship, has found the right stuff in this 90-minute satire about a humorous hit man, played by popular actor Cezary Pazura.

Machulski said, “It just goes to show that the Polish audience is looking for entertainment. They are ready for popular Polish movies and we ought to give them to them.”

The film cost $500,000 to make, was shot in five weeks last spring and opened the first week of November. At the Polish Festival of feature films in October in Gdynia, the pic failed to pick up a jury prize but did win the audience prize.

This country of 40 million has a homogeneous audience and a talented filmmaking community, yet aside from funds provided by Canal Plus, little private money has been invested in movies for internal consumption.

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