"Drawn from Memory" at Cannes

Portret z pamięci
Portret z pamięci (Drawn from Memory). Photo by V. Drygas, M. Gamdzyk


The short feature Portret z pamięci (Drawn from Memory) by Marcin Bortkiewicz, produced by Munk Studio within the framework of the “30 Minutes” programme, will screen in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the 65th Cannes International Film Festival. This year’s edition of the Cannes film festival runs from May 16 through May 27. Drawn from Memory was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

Portret z pamięci (Drawn from Memory)

This intimate story is set in a home with three main characters: Marek, his mother, and his grandmother. The story is told using the point of view of Marek’s home video equipment. As time goes by, Marek realizes that his grandmother is slowly losing her memory. Marek soon realizes that his film is actually becoming a different story from what he originally intended.


Drawn from Memory was written and directed by Marcin Bortkiewicz, graduate of the University of Gdańsk and the Wajda School. The film features performances by Irena Jun, Małgorzata Zajączkowska, and Marek Kantyka.

Munk Studio with Support from the Polish Film Institute

Portret z pamięci (Drawn from Memory) was produced by the Munk Studio. Established in 2008, Munk Studio is a branch of the Polish Filmmakers Association supported by the Polish Film Institute through an annual subsidy for producing projects by young filmmakers. The aim of the Munk Studio is to help young Polish filmmakers in the field of animated, documentary, and feature films through the “Young Animation”, “First Documentary”, and “30 Minutes” programmes respectively.

Directors’ Fortnight

Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) has been one of the sections of the Cannes International Film Festival since 1969.  Directors’ Fortnight is aimed at showcasing interesting features made by filmmakers from around the world, and at discovering new talent. Previous editions of the Directors’ Fortnight have included films by Werner Herzog, Martin Scorsese, Jim Jarmusch, and Michael Haneke. In 2008, the Directors’ Fortnight lineup featured Cztery noce z Anną (Four Nights with Anna) by Jerzy Skolimowski, a film co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Last year’s lineup included the feature film Code Blue by Urszula Antoniak,


This year’s complete Directors’ Fortnight lineup is available at www.quinzaine-realisateurs.com/selection.


Paulina Bez


Translated by Karolina Kołtun