×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Leszek Kopec Takes on New Combined Director Role at Gdynia Film Festival

2016 Gdynia premiere “Hatred” leads nominations for Polish Film Academy’s Eagles

Leszek Kopec will take on a newly combined role as both Festival Director and Program Director of the Gdynia Film Festival, Poland’s leading festival for local films, it was announced this week.

The appointment marks a change to the festival’s rules and regulations by Gdynia’s organizing committee which has decided to combine the two roles for the first time having considered other candidates for the Program Director role. Kopec already occupied the role of Festival Director.

The organizing committee also announced Wojciech Marczewski would take on the position of chairman of the festival’s program committee, with Michal Oleszczyk and Jan Pawlicki also invited to participate in the work of the program committee.

The 42nd Gdynia Film Festival will take place September 18-23.

Tuesday (Feb. 7) also saw the Polish Film Academy announce the nominations for its annual film awards, the Eagles.

Wojciech Smarzowski’s World War II drama “Hatred” leads the way with 14 nominations including best film, director, screenplay, actor (Arkadiusz Jakubik), actress (Michalina Labacz), supporting actor (Jacek Braciak) and supporting actress (Izabela Kuna).

Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or winner “I, Daniel Blake” will compete with Stephen Frears’ “Florence Foster Jenkins” and Laszlo Nemes’ Oscar-winning “Son of Saul” for best European film.

“Hatred” will contest the best film, director and screenplay awards with Jan P. Matuszynski’s biopic “The Last Family,” about painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, and Maciej Pieprzyca’s true-story crime drama “I’m a Killer.” “The Last Family” and “I’m a Killer” follow “Hatred” leading the Eagles nominations with 10 and 9, respectively.

“Hatred” saw its world premiere at Gdynia last September where it won festival prizes for cinematography, make-up and best debut actor for Labacz.

“The Last Family” premiered at the Locarno Film Festival last August, where it won the best actor prize for Andrzej Seweryn. Seweryn will compete with Jakubik and “I’m a Killer” star Miroslaw Hanieszewski for the Eagle for best actor.

“I’m a Killer” also premiered at Gdynia last year, which awarded Pieprzyca its screenplay prize.

More than 600 members of the Polish Film Academy voted on the nominees between January 16 and February 2. The awards ceremony will take place March 20 at the Teatr Polski in Warsaw. It will be broadcast by Canal+ in Poland for the first time.

More Film

  • Les Arcs's Co-Production Village Kicks Off

    Les Arcs's Co-Production Village Kicks Off 10th Edition

    Marylise Dumont’s “Black Dog,” Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen’s “Ashes and Snow” and “Each of Us” are among the 20 projects which will be pitched at the 10th edition of Les Arcs Film Festival’s Co-Production Village. The Co-Production Village will run alongside the festival which will be presided by Ruben Ostlund, the Swedish helmer of Palme d’Or-winning [...]

  • Maria Alché Debut ‘A Family Submerged’

    Visit Films Sells Key Territories with Maria Alché Debut ‘A Family Submerged’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    MADRID —  New York’s Visit Films announced at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur market, that the company has secured distribution in Mexico and Spain on Maria Alché’s directorial debut, “A Family Submerged.” In Mexico, the film was snagged by top indie production and distribution company Interior 13 Cine, distributors for Cristina Gallego and Ciro Guerra’s Colombian [...]

  • Macao

    'Clean Up' Takes Top Prize at Macao Festival and Awards

    Korean drama movie, “Clean Up” took the best film prize on Friday night at the closing ceremony of the International Film Festival and Awards Macao. The jury, which comprised Chen Kaige, Danis Tanovic, Mabel Cheung, Paul Currie, and Tillotama Shome, said: “’Clean Up’ is a powerful, visceral film which is symbolic and naturalistic at the [...]

  • Breaking Glass Snags Prizewinning Argentine Gay

    Ventana Sur: Breaking Glass Snags Argentine Gay Drama ‘Marilyn’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    In a last-minute deal inked at Ventana Sur, Breaking Glass Pictures (BGP) snapped up North American rights to gay-trans drama “Marilyn,” the feature debut of Argentine helmer-scribe Martin Rodríguez Redondo. The Philadelphia-based company has been on a mini-buying spree, having previously snagged threesome drama “We Are Three” at the Buenos Aires confab. BGP has bought [...]

  • Tom Cruise as Ethan Hunt in

    Paramount Inks Deal for Theme Park in South Korea

    Paramount Pictures has announced a deal to install a studio-branded theme park in an entertainment resort being developed in South Korea. The agreement was struck between Paramount and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment, which owns the Inspire Integrated Entertainment Resort in the South Korean city of Incheon. Mohegan has invested KRW 2.8 trillion ($2.4 billion) in [...]

  • Arca, Cacerola, Viento del Norte, Panda

    Arca, Cacerola, Viento del Norte, Panda Team on ‘Mental Health Not Included’ (EXCLUSIVE)

    BUENOS AIRES — In a return to film production after serving as president of Argentina’s National Institute of Film and the Audiovisual Arts (INCAA) and then as a member of parliament, film producer Liliana Mazure is teaming with prestigious counterparts in Mexico and Brazil on a three-part, pan-regional dark comedy, “Mental Health Not Included.” Lead [...]

  • IFFAM and Variety Celebrate Asian Talent

    IFFAM and Variety Celebrate Asian Talent Up Next

    The International Film Festival and Awards Macao and Variety combined forces for the second year running to put a spotlight on Asia’s acting talent. A well-attended meet-the-stars press event on Friday afternoon in Macau was addressed by leading local official, Maria Helena Senna de Fernandes. She turned the microphone over the five actors from different [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content