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Polish Pics Take Center Stage at New Horizons

'Papusza' tops fest's key industry event that throws spotlight onto completed films, works in progress and pitches

The New Horizons Intl. Film Festival has announced the six completed films set to unspool at the fest’s Polish Days, which takes place July 24-26.

The key industry event of the Wroclaw-set sprocket opera, Polish Days gives some 200 biz pros — including sales agents, distributors, producers, TV buyers and fest programmers — exclusive access to six Polish films, nine works in progress and 12 pitches for projects in development.

The six pics are: “Papusza,” pictured, which won a special mention prize at Karlovy Vary, by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze; Karlovy Vary’s East of the West competition winner “Floating Skyscrapers” by Tomasz Wasilewski; Karlovy Vary/Hot Docs title “The Man Who Made Angels Fly” by Wiktoria Szymanska; doc “Six Degrees” by Bartosz Dombrowski; “Caged Swallow” by Bartosz Warwas; and “Warsaw Stories,” an omnibus film by Maciej Cuske, Kacper Lisowski, Nenad Mikovic and Mateusz Rakowicz.

This year’s nine works in progress include high-profile titles such as Urszula Antoniak’s “Nude Area: Love in 15 Fragments,” Wojciech Smarzowski’s “The Mighty Angel,” Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s “Jack Strong” and Marcin Koszalka’s “Red Spider.”

Among the 12 new film projects that will be pitched are new films by Jan Komasa (“Warsaw 44”), Pawel Borowski (“Wooma”) and Marcin Wrona (“Lovesong”).

The Polish film business is hitting a new level, with contempo dramas from a younger generation — such as Malgoska Szumowska’s “In the Name of…,” which won Berlin’s Teddy Award for a film with a gay theme, and Kasia Roslaniec’s “Baby Blues,” which nabbed the Crystal Bear for top pic in the youth section, Generation 14plus — setting the pace.

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