"Foreign Body" - Premiere at TIFF

Obce ciało (Foreign Body), photo courtesy of Studio Filmowe Tor


The 39th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 4 through September 14. The lineup of this year’s edition of the festival features Obce ciało (Foreign Body), a film directed by Krzysztof Zanussi and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

The ‘Masters’ Section

Krzysztof Zanussi’s latest film will screen as one of 14 films in the festival’s prestigious Masters section, showcasing the latest achievements by some of the world’s most influential art-house filmmakers. Obce ciało (Foreign Body) will screen in the Masters section alongside the latest films by Jean-Luc Godard, Andrey Zvyagintsev, and Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

Obce ciało (Foreign Body) Screening Dates:


  • Monday, September 8, 9:00pm (Isabel Bader Isabel Bader Theatre and industry screening at the Scotiabank Theatre, Scotiabank 6);
  • Wednesday, September 10, 11:30am (AGO Jackman Hall);
  • Thursday, September 11, 2:45pm (industry screening at the Scotiabank Theatre, Scotiabank 9);
  • Saturday, September 13, 9:15pm (Scotiabank Theatre, Scotiabank 4)


Latest Film by Director Krzysztof Zanussi Supported by the Polish Film Institute

According to the website of the film’s producer, Studio Filmowe TOR, “Foreign Body is a Polish-Russian-Italian co-production directed by Krzysztof Zanussi. The author of Camouflage returns to the essence of his auteur cinema. He raises questions about the most important matters and provokes to debate. He brings up the most current issue of the place of God in public space. Krzysztof Zanussi carefully observes the division of Poland into the Catholic and the laic, [exposing] the protagonist to two very different world views. He confronts two systems of values identified by [the film’s] two female characters: Kate and Kris.”

Polish Films at the Toronto IFF

Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, received the FIPRESCI Jury Award in the Special Presentations section of the 38th Toronto International Film Festival. Past editions of the festival have featured a number of Polish films in their lineup; films that screened in Toronto include Sponsoring (Elles) by Małgorzata Szumowska, Róża (Rosa) by Wojciech Smarzowski, Imagine by Andrzej Jakimowski, and Chrzest (The Christening) by Marcin Wrona.


The 39th Toronto IFF runs from September 4 through September 14, 2014.

Further details are available at: www.tiff.net.


Marta Sikorska


Translated by Karolina Kołtun