×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Polish Film Institute Celebrates Berlin Festival Films at Academie Lounge

The Polish Film Institute celebrated the inclusion of several Polish films in the Berlin Film Festival at Berlin’s Academie Lounge Friday. Welcoming guests at the Polish Party, where Variety was a partner, were Malgorzata Szczepkowska-Kalemba (above center), head of international relations at the PFI, and Radoslaw Smigulski, the organization’s general director (right). Among the guests were Nikolaj Nikitin (left), the Berlinale’s delegate for Central and Eastern Europe.

The Polish films in the festival include two competition films, Malgorzata Szumowska’s “Mug” and Aleksey German Jr.’s “Dovlatov,” a co-production with Russia and Serbia. Paulina Ziolkowska’s animated film “Bless You!” is among the 16 shorts in the Generation 14plus section, and Jagoda Szelc’s debut, “Tower. A Bright Day,” screens in the Forum section.

The PFI co-financed German-Polish co-production “Whatever Happens Next,” directed by Julian Poerksen, which plays in Perspective Deutsches Kino. The Panorama section features Ukrainian-Polish-Macedonian co-production “When the Trees Fall,” by debuting director and screenwriter Marysia Nikitiuk.

Up-and-coming Polish director Marta Prus is one of Variety magazine’s Ten Europeans to Watch, who were presented to the industry at the Medienboard Reception on Saturday. Berlinale Talents, the program for young filmmakers, includes four people from Poland: production designer Malgorzata Karpiuk, distributor Weronika Adamowska, producer Marta Lewandowska, and director and screenwriter Michal Szczesniak.

Among the filmmaking talent at the Polish Party were “Mug” director Malgorzata Szumowska and star Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, “Tower. A Bright Day” director Jagoda Szelc, and Marysia Nikitiuk, the director of “When the Trees Fall.” Other guests included Tribeca Film Festival artistic director Frederic Boyer, Locarno Film Festival artistic director Carlo Chatrian, Thessaloniki Film Festival director Orestis Andreadakis, and Polish producer Ewa Puszczynska, who won an Oscar with “Ida.”

Polish Film Institute

Polish Animation Producers Association (from left): Lukasz Kacprowicz, Ewelina Gordziejuk, Robert Jaszczurowski, Anna Mroczek, Justyna Rucinska, Wojtek Leszczynski (Photo: Polish Film Institute)

Polish Film Institute

Polish film commissions and regional film funds: Tomasz Dabrowski, Anna Dziedzic, Rafal Kupinski, Anna Spisz, Rafal Bubnicki, Marta Kraus, Monika Glowacka, Magdalena Rychla, Michal Kosmala (Photo: Polish Film Institute)

Polish Film Institute

Rolandas Kvietkauskas, Nikolaj Nikitin (Photo: Polish Film Institute)

More Film

  • The Realm review

    Palm Springs Review: 'The Realm'

    The notion that government is one big con directing money into already well-lined pockets is confirmed and then some in “The Realm.” Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s “Michael Clayton”-like thriller has struck a chord in Spain, where the persistence of corruption in the post-Franco era is a popular topic bordering on obsession. But are examples of corruption just [...]

  • Fig Tree review

    Palm Springs Reviews: 'Fig Tree'

    It’s a question integral to much of the current international immigration debate: When war breaks out, who gets to flee and who’s left with nowhere to run? As a child, writer-director Aalam-Warqe Davidian was among a majority of Ethiopian Jews who emigrated to Israel. In her loosely autobiographical feature debut, a teenager facing similar circumstances [...]

  • Jeff BridgesJeff Bridges, who stars in

    Film News Roundup: Jeff Bridges Wins American Society of Cinematographers Honor

    In today’s film news roundup, Jeff Bridges is honored by cinematographers, the “Arctic” filmmakers get a first-look deal and releases are set for “Vault,” the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy and “What Lies Ahead.” BRIDGES HONORED The American Society of Cinematographers has selected Jeff Bridges as the recipient of the organizations’ 2019 Board of Governors Award. [...]

  • Cate Blanchett's 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette'

    Cate Blanchett's 'Where'd You Go, Bernadette' Moved Back to August

    Annapurna Pictures has moved its Richard Linklater literary adaptation “Where’d You Go, Bernadette,” starring Cate Blanchett back five months from March 22 to an Aug. 9 release. A rep for Annapurna explained that August has served well as a launching pad for release of female-skewing films such as “Crazy Rich Asians,” “Florence Foster Jenkins” and [...]

  • Kumail Nanjiani Issa Rae

    Kumail Nanjiani, Issa Rae to Star in 'Lovebirds' Romantic Comedy

    “The Big Sick” star Kumail Nanjiani and “Insecure” star Issa Rae will topline Paramount’s romantic comedy “The Lovebirds.” The project will reunite Nanjiani with “The Big Sick” helmer Michael Showalter, who’s on board to direct from a script by Aaron Abrams, Brendan Gall, and Martin Gero. The project goes into production at the end of [...]

  • Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce

    Mj Rodriguez, Nico Santos to Announce GLAAD Media Award Nominations

    Mj Rodriguez and Nico Santos are set to announce the nominees for the 30th annual GLAAD Media Awards. The “Pose” star and “Crazy Rich Asians” funny man will make the announcement during a live-stream from the AT&T Hello Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival on Friday, Jan. 25. “The images and stories recognized by the [...]

  • 'The Pledge' Review

    Film Review: 'Pledge'

    “Privilege comes with sacrifice” says one character to another in “Pledge” — exactly the kind of noble sentiment authority figures always voice to hush the protests of those about to be sacrificed. This third feature for director Daniel Robbins is no delicate flower of cinematic art, but a lean and mean shocker that tells its [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content