Polish Films in San Sebastián

Drogówka (Traffic Department), a film directed by Wojciech Smarzowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute will screen out of competition in the Zabaltegi section of the 61st San Sebastián International Film Festival, which runs from September 20 through September 28, 2013. Meanwhile Sceny sprzed (Spanish title: Escenas previas; English title: Previous Scenes), a student film by Aleksandra Maciuszek, has been selected for screening in the festival’s student film section.

Drogówka (Traffic Department) Screening in Zabaltegi Section

Wojciech Smarzowski’s feature Drogówka (Traffic Department) has been chosen for screening in the festival’s Zabaltegi section, which showcases a selection of new films. Drogówka (Traffic Department) will screen alongside 17 other films, including a remastered cut of Oliver Stone’s Alexander, New World by Park Hoon-Jung, and Cutting Grass by Asier Altun.

Sceny sprzed (Previous Scenes) in Student Film Section

This year, the lineup of the festival’s international showcase of student films features Sceny sprzed (Previous Scenes), a Polish-Cuban documentary student film directed by Aleksandra Maciuszek. This documentary, which received the Silver Dragon Award at the 53rd Krakow Film Festival, tells the story of a Cuban man named Enrique, who lives with his daughter and toddler grandson. He has been diagnosed with an incurable lung disease; doctors give him no more than five months to live. Despite this bad news, the life of his family continues as before. Little Luis Enrique grows up under the watchful eye of his granddad, who does not cease in making plans for the future.

San Sebiastián IFF

Organized annually since 1953, the San Sebastián International Film Festival is one of the world’s key film events. Polish filmmakers awarded at previous editions of the festival include Janusz Morgenstern (Silver Shell Award for Best Director for his feature Jowita in 1957), Andrzej Wajda (Golden Shell Award for his film Dyrygent in 1980), Radosław Piwowarski (Golden Shell Award for his film Yesterday in 1985) and Mirosław Bork (Silver Shell Award for Best Director for his film Konsul in 1989).

 

The 61st edition of the San Sebastián International Film Festival runs from September 20 through September 28, 2013.

 

Further details about the festival are available at www.sansebastianfestival.com.

 

Paulina Bez

 

Translated by Karolina Kołtun

13.09.2013