Two international co-productions co-financed by the Polish Film Institute — Intruz (The Here After) by Magnus von Horn and Czarodziejska góra (The Magic Mountain) by Anca Damian — will screen in the Zabaltegi section at the upcoming 63rd San Sebastián International Film Festival.

Two Polish Co-Productions in Zabaltegi Section

The lineup of this year’s non-competitive Zabaltegi section of the San Sebastián International Film Festival, a section dedicated to showcasing the most interesting recent productions, will feature two international co-productions co-financed by the Polish Film Institute: Intruz (The Here After) directed by Magnus von Horn and Czarodziejska góra (The Magic Mountain) directed by Anca Damian. The complete Zabaltegi lineup features 24 films from around the world.

At past editions of the festival, Zabaltegi audiences had the opportunity to see other Polish productions, including Drogówka (The Traffic Department) by Wojciech Smarzowski (2013) and Chrzest (The Christening) by Marcin Wrona (2010).

Intruz (The Here After)

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After being released from a juvenile detention centre, John wants a fresh start. But the small community to which he now returns has neither forgiven nor forgotten his crime. His return brings out the worst in people; a lynch appears to be looming. Feeling neglected by old friends and the people he loves, John begins to lose hope. The aggression that once landed him in prison starts to build up again. Unable to leave his past behind, John decides to confront it.

Debut Film Supported by the Polish Film Institute

Intruz (The Here After) was produced by Mariusz Włodarski (Lava Films) and Madeleine Ekman (Zentropa International Sweden), co-produced by Cinema Defacto (France), Opus Film (Poland) and Film I Vast (Sweden). Lensed by Łukasz Żal, the film features performances by Ulrik Munther, Mats Blomgren, Alexander Nordgren, and Wiesław Komasa.

Intruz (The Here After) was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, the Swedish Film Institute, CNC, and Eurimages. The film will be released theatrically in Poland in the autumn of 2015. Distribution in Poland is handled by Gutek Film. World sales are handled by TrustNordisk.

Intruz (The Here After) had its world premiere in Directors’ Fortnight (Quinzaine des Réalisateurs) at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival, and later screened at the Karlovy Vary IFF in the festival’s Another View section.

Czarodziejska góra (The Magic Mountain)

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Czarodziejska góra (The Magic Mountain), an animated documentary directed by Anca Damian and made as a Polish-French-Romanian co-production, tells the story of an exceptional man: Adam Jacek Winkler. He was a true individualist who believed that his guileless personality was not unlike that of Koziołek Matołek from the classic children’s book. With his firm belief in the anti-communist resistance movement, Winkler emigrated from Poland in 1965. He settled in Paris, where he became an active fighter against communism. Upon learning of the Soviet invasion in Afghanistan, he joined the Afghan forces and fought under Ahmad Shah Massoud.

The film was produced by Aparte Films, co-produced by Filmograf, SMF Arizona Productions, the Krakow Festival Office, and the Krakow Film Commission. The project was also co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, Telewizja Polska, KFF, CNC France, CNC Romania, and HBO Romania.

Special Mention in Karlovy Vary

Czarodziejska góra (The Magic Mountain) had its world premiere at the 50th Karlovy Vary IFF, screening in Main Competition and receiving Special Mention of the Jury.

San Sebastián International Film Festival

Organized annually since 1953, the San Sebastián International Film Festival is one of the key film events around the world. Polish filmmakers awarded at past editions of the festival include Janusz Morgenstern (Silver Shell for Best Director in 1967 for his feature Jowita), Andrzej Wajda [Golden Shell in 1980 for his feature Dyrygent (The Conductor)], Radosław Piwowarski (Golden Shell in 1985 for his film Yesterday), and Mirosław Bork (Silver Shell for Best Director in 1989 for his film Konsul).

The 63rd edition of the San Sebastián International Film Festival runs from September 18 through September 26, 2015.

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

Paulina Bez

Translated by Karolina Kołtun