"The Island" in New York

March 19 marks the start of the 43rd edition of the New Directors/New Films festival in New York. The festival lineup features La Isla (Polish title: Wyspa; English title: The Island), a short film by Dominga Sotomayor and Katarzyna Klimkiewicz.


Inspired by a poem by Wisława Szymborska entitled “Wypadek drogowy”, the film tells the story of one family; a reunion at the family home on Chiloe island brings an opportunity to reminisce about the time spent together and to discuss time lost. In January 2014, The Island received the Canon Tiger Award, the top prize at the prestigious Rotterdam International Film Festival.

A Project Developed Under DOX:LAB

The Island is a project developed within the DOX:LAB section of Copenhagen’s CPH:DOX festival that brings together filmmakers from different countries and continents. The 2013 edition had 22 participating directors from around the world, with Katarzyna Klimkiewicz as the only filmmaker representing Poland. Filming took place in April 2013 on the island of Chiloe. The film was produced by an international Polish-Chilean crew and lensed by Inti Briones (The Loneliest Planet). On the Polish side, the film was produced by Jan Naszewski (New Europe Film Sales) and co-produced by Maciej Kubicki and Anna Kępińska. The Island was also supported by the Polish Film Institute.

A Film by Award-Winning Directors

Both Klimkiewicz and Sotomayor have gained great acclaim and received multiple awards for their previous works. Dominga Sotomayor’s debut film Thursday Till Sunday won the Rotterdam Film Festival and the T-Mobile New Horizons festival in 2012. Katarzyna Klimkiewicz received the 2010 European Film Award for her short feature Hanoi-Warszawa (Hanoi-Warsaw), while her UK-produced feature debut Flying Blind premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and later received the Grand Amber Award for Best Film at the ‘Young and Cinema’ Festival of Film Debuts in Koszalin in 2013.

The 43rd Edition of New Directors/New Films

New York City’s New Directors/New Films festival is organized by the Film Society of Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art. According to the festival website, each year New Directors/New Films “unveils a brand new lineup of fresh faces on the filmmaking scene.” The lineup of this year’s edition of the festival includes 27 feature films from around the world (mostly by first-time directors) and eleven short films.


Further details available at www.newdirectors.org.


Marta Sikorska


Translated by Karolina Kołtun