Katyn premieres out of competition
by Dorota Hartwich
13/02/2008 - Katyn [trailer, film focus], the latest film by Andrzej Wajda (see interview) and a nominee for the 2008 Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, is set to have its international, out-of-competition premiere on Friday, February 15 at the Berlinale.
The film’s screening, which will be attended by the director, the producers and certain members of the cast, is to be followed by a press conference.
International sales are being handled by Malgorzata Cup and are doing well so far. The title has been bought for several territories, notably European countries, including Italy, Germany, Scandinavia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Greece.
In the Berlinale Shorts section (held on February 14 and16), audiences will have a chance to discover Mariusz Wilczynski’s Kizi Mizi. The director, who is also an artist and painter, is renowned for his animated films full of humour and irony (Infortunately – Golden Hugo Award for Best Animated Film at the Chicago International Film Festival in 2005).
Kizi Mizi had its international premiere in May 2007 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, as part of the Mediascope series. The film lasting 19 minutes and 10 seconds, is as the director describes it, "a cruel story about a cat and a little mouse. [It’s] a film about loneliness, betrayal and revenge."
Finally, the European Film Market provides an opportunity for BooBoo Films – the sales agent specialised in Polish shorts – to present the titles in its line-up. These include Lech Majewski’s Glass Lips and Radoslaw Markiewicz’s Paradise Too Far.
(Translated from French)