Spotlight on Poland

 

This year’s Guanajuato International Film Festival in Mexico will feature a special spotlight on Poland. The event, organized in partnership with the Polish Film Institute, runs from July 25 through August 3, 2014.

Polish Lineup at Guanajuato IFF in Mexico

The spotlight on Poland at Guanajuato will give Mexican audiences an opportunity to experience Polish cinema. The lineup features a selection of latest Polish films and several classics, along with a number of side events. The Polish Red Carpet Gala, scheduled for July 31, will feature a screening of Papusza, a film directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze. The screening will be preceded by a special concert, prepared by Polish composer Jan Kanty Pawluśkiewicz. August 2 will mark another special event – a screening of Pan Tadeusz, a 1928 film by Ryszard Ordyński.

Polish Film Classics

The ‘Polish Film Classics’ series will feature screenings of several films that are considered to be some of the biggest classics of Polish cinema. Audiences will have an opportunity to see Nóż w wodzie (Knife in the Water) by Roman Polański, Rękopis znaleziony w Saragossie (The Saragossa Manuscript) by Wojciech Jerzy Has, Przypadek (Blind Chance) by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Popiół i diament (Ashes and Diamonds) by Andrzej Wajda, and Eroica by Andrzej Munk.

Panorama of Contemporary Polish Cinema

The festival will also feature a selection of latest Polish films. The lineup includes a number of films supported by the Polish Film Institute. Audiences will have an opportunity to see such films as Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, Płynące wieżowce (Floating Skyscrapers) by Tomasz Wasilewski, Małe Stłuczki (Little Crushes) by Aleksandra Gowin and Ireneusz Grzyb, and Obietnica (The Word) by Anna Kazejak.

Polish Short Films

The Krakow Film Foundation will be present at the Mexican festival to screen a selection of Polish shorts made in recent years. The Łódź Film School has prepared a special programme of student films. Guanajuato audiences will also have an opportunity to see films produced by the Wajda School, Munk Studio, as well as films from the Żubroffka International Short Film Festival.

Lectures on Polish Cinema

Andrzej Mellin will present a selection of student films made by graduates of the Łódź Film School from the 1940s until present day. The lineup of this selection includes films by Roman Polański, Jerzy Skolimowski, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and Dorota Kędzierzawska. Jakub Mikurda, Ph.D, a lecturer at the Łódź Film School, will hold a lecture discussing the key trends in Polish cinema. This lecture will be accompanied by a film produced especially for this presentation, featuring a collection of classic scenes and stills representing Polish cinema.

Animation Workshop for Kids and Special Competition

Michał Socha and Katarzyna Księżopolska will host animation workshops for kids aged 8-12. The Łódź Film School has also prepared a special event for young adults; five crews will take part in a special competition for best film produced entirely during the festival. Participants have 48 hours to film. Members of the Polish crew are Aniela Gabryel, Zuzanna Pyda, Piotr Matysiak, Katarzyna Boniecka, and Maurycy Chełmiński.

 

Bilateral Forum and Polish-Mexican Cooperation

The festival features a special forum section, organized annually by the Mexican Institute of Cinematography and the Guanajuato festival. The event is aimed at exchanging information about the film industry and film market in Mexico and the spotlit country, which this year is Poland. The hosts hope to encourage cooperation that will lead to Polish-Mexican co-productions in the future. The forum will feature discussions on education, vocational training and financing for young filmmakers, film production in Poland and Mexico, and distribution. The Polish Film Institute will be represented by Joanna Wendorff-Østergaard.

About the Festival

Since the festival’s launch in 1998, Guanajuato IFF has been organized annually in the last week of July in two cities: San Miguel do Allende and Guanajuato. The festival is a not-for-profit event, charging no admissions. The festival also features an annual International Pitching Market. In 2008, Guanajuato IFF started a partnership with the Cannes festival’s Cinéfondation Résidence. This partnership has spawned the MexiCannes Summer Residence Program – a development platform for selected talented young filmmakers. Every year features a spotlight on a different country, which in past years included Canada, Spain, Germany, Brazil, France, the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Argentina, South Korea, and the Netherlands.

 

Further details are available at: www.giff.mx.

 

Magdalena Wylężałek

 

Translated by Karolina Kołtun

10.07.2014

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