Poland’s national film festival in the Baltic resort of Gydnia runs just before Cannes, ensuring a fresh raft of titles available for pickup by international sales agents.

Gydnia titles likely to attract interest in Cannes:

  • Elles”: Malgoska Szumowska’s drama starring Juliette Binoche as a middle-class reporter whose illusions are shattered when she writes about prostitution.

  • “In Darkness”: Agnieszka Holland’s Oscar-nominated wartime saga

  • “80 million”: Waldemar Krzystek’s political thriller set in 1981 just before the declaration of martial law in Poland

  • “Secret”: Przemyslaw Wojcieszek’s story of a gay drag queen in wartime Poland

  • “Man, Chicks Are Just Different”: Marek Koterski’s tale of sexual politics

  • “Shameless”: An illicit love story from director Filip Marczewski

  • “Crulic — The Path to Beyond”: An animated feature from Anca Damian involving a hunger strike

  • “Women’s Day”: A mother-daughter tale from Maria Sadowska

  • “You Are God”: A hip-hop musical from Leszek Dawid

  • “My Father’s Bike”: A drama from Piotr Trzaskalski

  • “Manhunt”: A thriller directed by Marcin Krzysztalowicz

  • “Supermarket”: Horror fare from Maciej Zak

  • “In a Bedroom”: About a desperate woman who takes advantage of men in order to survive, from director Tomasz Wasilewski.

  • Not showing in Gydnia but available at Cannes: “Viva Belarus!” Krzysztof Lukaszewicz’s story of a Belarusian musician who takes on Europe’s last totalitarian state.

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