Klezmer, the feature debut by director Piotr Chrzan, will screen in competition at the 12th edition of Venice Days (Giornate degli Autori), a section of the upcoming 72nd Venice International Film Festival, which runs from September 2 through September 12, 2015.


The film is set on a summer day in 1943 in the countryside of Poland under Nazi occupation. A group of young people sets off to the forest to collect pinecones and brushwood. They talk, they laugh, they flirt, they make plans for the future. But this day will not go as they expect. A certain event will impact their lives in unexpected and dramatic ways.

The Feature Debut from Director Piotr Chrzan

Produced by Human Power, Klezmer was written and directed by Piotr Chrzan, lensed by Sylwester Kaźmierczak, and features performances by Lesław Żurek, Szymon Nowak, Weronika Lewoń, Dorota Kuduk, Kamil Przystał, Filip Kosior, Ewa Jakubowicz, Rafał Maćkowiak, Marek Kasprzyk, Bartosz Turzyński, and Jacek Kwiecień.

Venice Days

Venice Days – Giornate degli Autori is a section of the Venice International Film Festival dedicated to showcasing films from around the world, along with press conferences and Q&A sessions with filmmakers. Film screening in the Venice Days competition (eleven titles in this year’s edition) are in the running for the Venice Days Award (20,000 euros), the Europa Cinemas Label, which ensures distribution support for the winning film, and the Audience Award. Films by first-time directors compete for the Lion of the Future — Luigi De Laurentiis Award for a Debut Film, which comes with a cash prize of 100,000 euros.

At past editions of the Venice IFF, the Venice Days lineup has featured three films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute: Sztuczki (Tricks) by Andrzej Jakimowski in 2007 (winner of the Europa Cinemas Label for Best European Film), Rysa (Scratch) by Michał Rosa in 2008, and Ki (My Name Is Ki) by Leszek Dawid in 2010.

One of Venice Days Jury Members Selected by Poznań’s “Muza” Cinema

This year’s Venice Days competition will be judged by a jury that has among its members Łukasz Raszewski, who was selected by “Muza” cinema in Poznań. The “28 Times Cinema” project is open to cinephiles from across Europe, selected through the cinemas in their respective cities. The chairman of the jury in the Venice Days competition will be French director Laurent Cantet, winner of the first edition of the Venice Days Award.

The complete 2015 Venice Days competition lineup is available at: www.venice-days.com.

Paulina Bez

Translated by Karolina Kołtun