Panorama plunges into virtual abyss with Suicide Room
by Dorota Hartwich
Suicide Room [+see also:
interview: Jakub Gierszal - Shooting S…
interview: Jan Komasa
film profile], the debut feature by Jan Komasa (who garnered attention in 2005 as part of the collective film Ode to Joy), will have its international premiere on February 12 in the Panorama Special section at the 61st Berlinale (February 10-20, 2011). It heads a fine contingent of Polish films set to be showcased at the German festival.
Focusing on the emotional abyss brought about by dependency on the virtual world, Suicide Room (see news) is the second feature (after Borys Lankosz’s The Reverse [+see also:
interview: Agata Buzek - actress
interview: Borys Lankosz
film profile]) produced by Poland’s oldest studio KADR, which has relaunched its business after ten years of inactivity.
Poland will also be represented in Berlin’s official competition by Paula Markovitch’s minority co-production The Prize, made with Mexico, France and Germany. Co-produced by Poland’s Staroń Film, the title was lensed by DoP Wojciech Staroń.
In the Generation section, Dorota Kedzierzawska (Special Jury Prize at the Kinderfilmfest Berlin in 2006 for I Am) will present her latest work: Tomorrow Will Be Better. The film centres on three homeless Russian youngsters trying to reach Poland in search of a better life.
Made in Poland [+see also:
film profile] by Przemyslaw Wojcieszek (The Perfect Afternoon) will screen in international premiere in the Forum. The section will also showcase the work of major Polish artist Artur Zmijewski (80064, An Eye for an Eye), renowned for his creations that blend film and visual arts:.
Finally, Kamil Polak’s short film The Lost Town of Switez (see news) will be shown in competition.
(Translated from French)
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