Jan Jakub Kolski in post-production with Pardon
by Ola Salwa
- The movie, which unfolds in post-war Poland and is toplined by Grażyna Błecka-Kolska and Jan Jankowski, is a co-production between Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia
Pardon (Ułaskawienie), directed by Jan Jakub Kolski, is set in post-war Poland. The protagonists of the film are a married couple in their fifties, who travel across the country with the dead body of their son, a Home Army soldier persecuted and killed by the communist regime. They want to give him a proper burial, and as the journey progresses, they gradually deal with their grief. Grażyna Błecka-Kolska and Jan Jankowski play the leads. The story is based on Kolski’s family history: the director wrote the screenplay and produced the film through his own company, Wytwórnia Doświadczalna, together with Agnieszka Janowska and Paweł Kosuń, of Centrala. The co-producers are Jan Micola, of Czech outfit Mimesis Film, and Marek Urban, representing Slovakia’s Sentimentalfilm.
The film was supported by the Polish Film Institute, the Czech Audiovisual Fund and Eurimages, as well as Odra Film, EC1 Łódź - Miasto Kultury, the Podkarpacie Film Fund, Polish Television and the Audiovisual Technology Center (CeTA).
Shooting started in autumn of 2017 and wrapped in spring 2018. The Pardon crew worked on location in the Lower Silesia, Podkarpacie and Łódzkie regions of Poland as well as in the Czech Republic. The premiere of the film is scheduled for December 2018, and the world sales are currently available. During the imminent Cannes Film Festival, the movie will be presented as part of the New Horizons’ Polish Days Goes to Cannes programme, co-organised by the New Horizons Film Festival and the Polish Film Institute, on 13 May (starting at 10 am) in the Palais des Festivals’ level K.
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