Polish Films at 33rd Istanbul IFF

Between April 5 and April 20, audiences of the 33rd Istanbul International Film Festival will have an opportunity to see the latest Polish films and explore Polish experimental animation.

Papusza in Main Competition and Award for Andrzej Wajda

Papusza, a film by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, has been selected for screening in Main Competition and is in the running for the Golden Tulip award. The lineup of Istanbul’s “From the World of Festivals” section features Ida, the award-winning film by director Paweł Pawlikowski. The festival’s “Masters” section will feature Andrzej Wajda’s Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei (Wałęsa. Man of Hope) and Lech Majewski’s Psie pole (Field of Dogs). Andrzej Wajda will also receive an award for lifetime achievement. The festival lineup also features a screening of Venus in Furs by Roman Polański. One of the international competition jury members will be Joanna Łapińska, artistic director of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. All Polish feature films screening at the Istanbul IFF have been co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

An Anthology of Polish Experimental Animation

To celebrate 600 years of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey, the festival team created a special festival section dedicated to showcasing the works of Polish experimental animation. This section features a selection of 40 films by such artists as Walerian Borowczyk, Zbigniew Rybczyński, Wojciech Bąkowski, Julian Antonisz, Kazimierz Bendkowski, Jerzy Kucia, Andrzej Klimowski and Mieczysław Waśkowski. The festival will also feature a panel discussion dedicated to Polish animated filmmaking, moderated by animation artist Mariusz Wilczyński and film journalist Adriana Prodeus, who also wrote a book about Polish artists Franciszka and Stefan Themerson.

Meeting of Polish and Turkish Producers Supported by the Polish Film Institute

To celebrate the aforementioned 600th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Poland and Turkey, the ninth edition of “Meetings on the Bridge” will feature a special conference for young Polish and Turkish producers with international experience. Poland will be represented by Łukasz Dzięcioł and Ewa Puszczyńska of Opus Film, Mariusz Włodarski of Lava Films, Agnieszka Kurzydło of Mental Disorder 4, Maria Blicharska of Donten&Lacroix Films, and Małgorzata Jurczak of Scorpion Arte.

 

This event, organized by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (IKSV), the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and the Polish Film Institute, is aimed at fostering cooperation between Polish and Turkish producers. The “Meetings on the Bridge” programme will also feature masterclasses by director Wojciech Staroń. The meeting of Polish and Turkish producers has been co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.

 

Further details are available at: film.iksv.org.

 

Magdalena Wylężałek

 

Translated by Karolina Kołtun

24.03.2014

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