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The Polish film industry heads to Gdynia

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- Seventeen titles are duking it out for the festival’s top prize, the Golden Lions

The Polish film industry heads to Gdynia
Birds Are Singing in Kigali by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze

The 42nd edition of the Polish Film Festival (PFF) kicked off yesterday, 18 September, with the screening of Loving Vincent [+see also:
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interview: Dorota Kobiela
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 by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman. The animated, entirely hand-painted biopic of Vincent van Gogh was selected for the festival’s Main Competition along with 16 other feature films. 

This year’s programme is even more diverse than usual. Eight movies were directed by debutants, while seven were helmed by women – an unusually high number in the male-dominated Polish film industry. Eight of the competition films will have their world premieres in Gdynia, while a handful of others have already begun their festival run: Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik’s Spoor [+see also:
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interview: Agnieszka Holland
interview: Zofia Wichlacz
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 was awarded a Silver Bear at the 2017 Berlinale, and Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze’s Birds Are Singing in Kigali [+see also:
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bowed at Karlovy Vary and went home with an acting prize for leading ladies Jowita Budnik and Eliane UmuhireUrszula Antoniak’s Beyond Words [+see also:
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had its world premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival, and Maciej Sobieszczański’s The Reconciliation received the Best Director Award at the Montreal Film Festival. Incidentally, Loving Vincent won the Audience Award at Annecy.

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The other titles in the Main Competition are Amok [+see also:
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by Kasia AdamikThe Art of Loving [+see also:
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 by Maria SadowskaBe Prepared by Robert GlińskiCatalina by Denijal HasanovićChain Reaction by Jakub PączekThe Damned by Konrad ŁęckiThe Fastest by Łukasz PalkowskiThe Man with the Magic Box [+see also:
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by Bodo KoxPanic Attack by Paweł MaślonaSilent Night by Paweł DomalewskiVolta by Juliusz Machulski and Tower. A Bright Day by Jagoda Szelc.

The Golden Lions winner will be chosen by a jury headed up by veteran Polish director Jerzy Antczak (the Oscar-nominated Nights and Days) and consisting of directors Paweł Pawlikowski (Ida [+see also:
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interview: Pawel Pawlikowski
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), Andrzej Jakimowski (Imagine [+see also:
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, Once Upon a Time in November), cinematographer Witold Stok (Gladiatress, Mall Girls [+see also:
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), actress Agnieszka Grochowska (Strange Heaven [+see also:
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, In Darkness [+see also:
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, Child 44 [+see also:
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), Grammy-winning composer Włodek Pawlik (Suicide Room [+see also:
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interview: Jakub Gierszal - Shooting S…
interview: Jan Komasa
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), editor Beata Walentynowska (United States of Love [+see also:
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interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
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) and production designer Anna Wunderlich (Demon [+see also:
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The Erlprince [+see also:
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interview: Kuba Czekaj
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). The festival’s honorary award, the Platinum Lions, will be presented to director Jerzy Gruza.

The other competitive sections of the 42nd PFF are Visions Apart – established in 2014 to promote more experimental films and filmmakers – and the Short Film Competition. Gdynia’s programme also includes the screening of digitally restored classic films, foreign movies made with the involvement of Polish filmmakers, a growing industry section and discussion panels. The winners will be announced on Saturday 23 September.

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