"Birds Are Singing in Kigali" in Main Competition at Karlovy Vary IFF

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali (Birds Are Singing in Kigali) by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze will screen in Main Competition at the 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film will compete for the prestigious Crystal Globe with eleven productions.

Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali (Birds Are Singing in Kigali)

Poland’s first film about refugees. Beginning in 1994, in the days immediately preceding the beginning of genocide, and ending in 1997, the film tells the story of a Polish ornithologist researching the decline in the population of vultures in Rwanda. When the genocide begins, she – somewhat accidentally – saves the life of a young Rwandan girl, the daughter of her Tutsi coworker. She brings her to Poland. But after arriving in Poland, the two women are distraught and incapable of leading a normal routine life. They try desperately to get past their horrific experience. A story about friendship, forgiveness, and the power of nature.

The film was written and directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze. Birds Are Singing in Kigali was lensed by Krzysztof Ptak, Józefina Gocman and Wojciech Staroń. The film was produced by Kos Film, co-produced by Telewizja Polska, Narodowe Centrum Kultury, Odra Film and Studio A. Project was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and in April 2016 received First Look Award during 69th Locarno IFF worth 65 000 Euros in post-production services.

The list of films in Main Competition:

  • Arrhythmia (Russia, Finland, Germany), directed by Boris Khlebnikov.
  • Breaking News (Romania), directed by Iulia Rugină.
  • The Cakemaker (Israel, Germany), directed by Ofir Raul Graizer.
  • The Line (Slovak Republic, Ukraine), directed by Peter Bebjak.
  • Corporate (France), directed by Nicolas Silhol.
  • More (Turkey), directed by Onur Saylak.
  • Keep the Change (U.S.), directed by Rachel Israel.
  • Khibula (Georgia, Germany, France), directed by George Ovashvili.
  • Little Crusader (Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Italy), directed by Václav Kadrnka.
  • Men Don’t Cry (Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia, Croatia, Germany), directed by Alen Drljević.
  • Ptaki śpiewają w Kigali (Birds Are Singing in Kigali) (Poland), directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze.
  • Ralang Road (India), directed by Karma Takapa.

The 52nd Karlovy Vary International Film Festival will run from June 30 through July 8, 2017. More information available at www.kviff.com.