"Pity" world premiere at Sundance 2018
Litość (Pity), a Polish-Greek dark comedy directed by Babis Makridis and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January 2018, screening in the festival’s prestigious World Dramatic Competition. The film’s co-producer on the Polish side is Madants.
Polish Co-Production Screening in World Dramatic Cinema Competition
The script was written as a collaboration between Babis Makridis and Efthimis Filippou (co-writer of Yorgos Lanthimos’ films Dogtooth, The Killing of the Sacred Deer, and Lobster). “The story of a man who feels happy only when he is unhappy. A man addicted to sadness, ready to sacrifice everything for a look of pity on other people’s faces. ‘Pity’ is the story of a man for whom the world is not cruel enough,” write the film’s producers.
The film was made as a co-production between Greece and Poland; co-producing parties include Neda Film, Faliro House Productions, Madants, Beben Films, Studiem Produkcyjnym Orka, and Foss Productions. The film has received support from the Onassis Foundation, Eurimages, ERT SA, the Greek Film Centre, and the Polish Film Institute.
The Latest Project Made as a Collaboration Between Greece and Poland
Litość (Pity) is not the first project to bring together Greece’s Neda Film and Poland’s Madants. The first film made as a co-prodution between these two was Park, a film directed by Sofia Exarchou, winner of the prestigious New Directors Award in San Sebastian. The film had its international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Neda Film was founded in 2014 in Athens by producer Amanda Livanou who focuses on intelligent and challenging feature and documentary films, as well as on international co-productions. In 2012, Amanda Livanou produced Babis Makidris’ previous film L, which also premiered in the World Dramatic Competition at Sundance.
Madants was launched in 2015 by Klaudia Śmieja and Beata Rzeźniczek with a focus on independent international productions with festival and distribution potential. The company’s credits include Porto, a film by Gabe Klinger, W cieniu drzewa (Under the Tree) by Haffstein Gunnar Sigurdsson (premiered in the Orizzonti competition at the Venice International Film Festival) and High Life by Claire Denis, undisputed icon of French auteur cinema. In January 2017 Madants also launched its distribution branch Madness, focusing on European independent cinema.
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Polish Films Awarded at Sundance
In recent years, Polish films have often screened and received acclaim in various competition sections of the Sundance festival. In 2016, the Directing Award in the World Cinema Documentary Competition went to Michał Marczak for Wszystkie nieprzespane noce (All These Sleepless Nights) and Córki Dancingu (The Lure) by Agnieszka Smoczyńska received the Special Award in the World Dramatic Cinema Competition. In 2011, Jakub Stożek received Honourable Mention in the short film competition for his short documentary Poza zasięgiem (Out of Reach). In 2015, Paulina Skibińska’s Obiekt (The Object) received the Special Jury Award in the Short Film Competition, while in 2013, the top prize in this category went to Gwizdek (The Whistle) by Grzegorz Zariczny. Also in 2013, Nieulotne (Lasting), a film by Jacek Borcuch, received the award for Best Cinematography in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition.
All these films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Nieulotne (Lasting) was the second film by director Jacek Borcuch to screen at Sundance. In 2010, Sundance audiences had an opportunity to see Borcuch’s Wszystko, co kocham (All That I Love).
Sundance Film Festival
The Sundance film festival is one of the world’s top events for independent filmmakers. Created by actor Robert Redford, the festival takes place annually in Park City, Utah. The Sundance Film Institute supports independent filmmakers by providing grants for directors, screenwriters and producers, and by co-financing films.
The 2018 edition of the festival runs from January 18 through January 28.
Further details about the festival are available at www.sundance.org.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun