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NEW HORIZONS 2019 Polish Days

New Horizons’ Polish Days readies its ninth edition

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- Having invited 23 film projects at various stages of production, the largest industry event in Poland will once again showcase the most highly anticipated national titles in Wrocław

New Horizons’ Polish Days readies its ninth edition
Bird Talk by Xawery Żuławski

For the ninth year running, Polish Days, the New Horizons International Film Festival’s leading industry event, will present the majority of the most highly anticipated forthcoming titles from the national film industry. Over 200 professional guests hailing from Poland and abroad will have a chance to be brought up to speed on the latest developments from 30 July-1 August, during the 19th New Horizons International Film Festival (25 July-3 August) in Wrocław. The selection of 23 film projects spans every stage of production, as five completed films, ten works in progress and eight projects in development will be showcased.

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Jan Komasa’s eagerly awaited third feature-length drama, Corpus Christi [+see also:
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(see the news), will be one of the five completed films that will be having closed screenings at Polish Days, ahead of its world premiere at the 16th edition of Venice’s Giornate degli Autori (see the news). Xawery Żuławski (Snow White and Russian Red [+see also:
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) will also be in attendance with his third feature, Bird Talk [+see also:
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, which is based on his late father Andrzej Żuławski’s script and is a condensation of his cinematic worlds. Eight years after his debut feature, Erratum, and a subsequent career in TV series, Marek Lechki returns with his sophomore drama, Interior. The two remaining titles are by debutants Daria Woszek, with her dramedy Marygoround [+see also:
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(see the news), and Warsaw-based Japanese filmmaker Mariko Bobrik, with A Taste of Pho.

Among the works in progress, Jagoda Szelc continues her hot streak by presenting her third feature in three years, the “ecological thriller” The Delicate Balance of Terror, which remains faithful to genre cinema after her previous effort, Monument [+see also:
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; Łukasz Grzegorzek returns to Polish Days after last year’s A Coach’s Daughter with his third feature-length family drama, Let It Be; and after her New Horizons-premiered Wild Roses [+see also:
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, Anna Jadowska is coming along with her dark comedy Mira. The rest of the selection is dominated by debutants, including Les Arcs WIP-awarded (see the news) Aleksandra Terpińska with her rap musical Other People, Bartłomiej Żmuda with his drama More, Justyna Mytnik’s fantasy dramedy Wet Monday, Sylwester Jakimow’s comedy We Will Be Fine, Joanna Satanowska’s mockumentary God of Internet, Filip Syczyński’s autobiographical dramedy The Great Match, and award-winning documentarian Piotr Stasik’s (21 x New York [+see also:
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) first fictional drama-musical, A Time of Gods.

Finally, four of the eight projects at different stages of development or production which will be pitched at Polish Days are by filmmakers who are working on their sophomore movies: Cranley Gardens by Rafael Kapelinski (Butterfly Kisses [+see also:
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), Naymro by Mateusz Rakowicz (Warsaw Stories [+see also:
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), Tonia by Marcin Bortkiewicz (Walpurgis Night [+see also:
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) and Kuba Mikurda, who, after Walerian Borowczyk, is dealing with Andrzej Żuławski in his new documentary, Escape to the Silver Globe. Maciej Pieprzyca (I’m A Killer [+see also:
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) will showcase Icarus. Legend of Mietek Kosz, a biopic of the titular troubled jazz musician (see the news), and Leszek Dawid (You Are God [+see also:
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) is returning to Polish Days with Broad Peak, after also attending last year. Last but not least, two Polish minority projects, Carolina Hellsgård’s (Ever After [+see also:
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, Wanja [+see also:
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) third feature, Sunburned, and Christos Nikou’s debut, Apples (see the news), top off the selection.

Polish Days is co-organised with the Ministry of Culture and the Polish Film Institute, while one of the partners is EAVE, which will offer a scholarship for the EAVE 2020 Producers Workshop. Also, connecting cottbus and Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg are organising an event focused on Polish-German co-productions. Other Polish Days partners include Coloroffon, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the British Council, the Lower Silesian Film Centre, the Wrocław Film Commission, the Krakow Film Commission, the Łódź Film Commission, the Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, the Podkarpackie Film Commission, the Warmia-Masuria Film Fund, the Silesia Film Commission and DI Factory.

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