"Wisła" Polish FF in Moscow
Wenecja (Venice) by Jan Jakub Kolski is the opening film at this year’s Polish Film Festival in Moscow, which will run from April 15 through May 5.
Venice is an acclaimed Polish feature that previously screened at film festivals in Cottbus, Tallinn, and Montreal, where it received the Special Jury Prize for Best Artistic Contribution. The film’s director of photography Arthur Reinhart received the award for Best Photography at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, the Golden Frog award at Camerimage, and the Eagle award of the Polish Film Academy. Venice also received the Polish Film Awards in the following categories: Best Production Design (Joanna Macha), Best Costume Design (Małgorzata Zacharska), Best Sound Design (Jacek Hamela).
Thirteen Polish films will screen in the “Wisła” festival’s main competition, as contenders for the Elephant prize, awarded by the Guild of Russian Film Critics.
Festival jury members are well-known in the Russian film industry. The jury will be presided by Victor Matizen, film journalist and head of the Russian Chamber of Film Critics.
Similar to last year, this year’s closing gala will include a presentation of the Elephant award for Best Polish Film. This award is founded by the Guild of Russian Film Critics, one of Russia’s most renowned film organizations, with 150 members including leading film critics and journalists. The winner of the festival will be announced on May 5.
List of competition titles:
- Chrzest (The Christening) by Marcin Wrona;
- Galerianki (Mall Girls) by Katarzyna Rosłaniec;
- Prosta historia o miłości (Simple Love Story) by Arkadiusz Jakubik;
- Rewers (Reverse) by Borys Lankosz;
- Różyczka (Little Rose) by Jan Kidawa-Błoński;
- Las (The Forest) by Piotr Dumała;
- Matka Teresa od kotów (Mother Teresa of Cats) by Paweł Sala;
- Wenecja (Venice) by Jan Jakub Kolski;
- Rysa (Damage) by Michał Rosa;
- Enen (Case Unknown) by Feliks Falk;
- Jestem twój (I Am Yours) by Mariusz Grzegorzek;
- Wydalony (Expelled) by Adam Sikora;
- Handlarz cudów (The Miracle Seller) by Jarosław Szoda and Bolesław Pawica
For the second year running, the “Wisła” festival has partnered up with the “Łodzią po Wiśle” festival – a showcase of the works of talented students and graduates of the National Film School in Łódź. The Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing has also been a partner of the festival since the fourth edition of the event.
Further details available at: www.festiwalwisla.pl (Polish and Russian only).
Translated by Karolina Kołtun