Magazine article Screen International

Polish Days: WIDE Starts Presales on Solstice

Magazine article Screen International

Polish Days: WIDE Starts Presales on Solstice

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Wroclaw New Horizons roundup: works in progress include Close Ups and I, Olga Hepnarova.

WIDE Management has begun presales on the Polish-German co-production Summer Solstice by Michal Rogalski which was one of 10 Polish films featuring in this year's works in progress showcase at the Polish Days during Wroclaw's New Horizons International Film Festival.

Producer Maria Golos of Prasa Film said that German theatrical distribution for the [euro]2.5m film, which is set in Poland after the Nazi defeat during the Second World War, will be handled by Farbfilm.

Separately, Leszek Budzak of the young production company Aurum Film revealed that Jacek Lusinski's second feature Carte Blanche will be released early next year by Kino Swiat in Poland.

Based on the true story of a history teacher who is losing his sight, the lead part of the teacher is cast with the ubiquitous Polish actor Andrzej Chyra.

Magdalena Piekorz's third feature psychological drama Close Ups was presented by Joanna Lipinska of Krzysztof Zanussi's production company Studio Filmowe Tor.

This year's works in progress also included the Czech-Polish-Slovak co-production, the psychological drama I, Olga Hepnarova by Tomás Weinreb and Petr Kazda, which had been presented in the Polish Days pitching forum a year ago, and Magnus von Horn's Polish-Swedish-French co-production The Here After which was looking for a sales company to work on a festival strategy and international distribution.

The update from 2013 works in progress

In addition, films shown as works in progress in the 2013 edition are now finished and have either premiered - Hardcore Disco at Krakow's Off Plus Camera, and Kebab & Horoscope in Karlovy Vary's East of the West competition; they were shown in closed screenings at this week's Polish Days.

Another work in progress from 2013, Wojciech Smarzowski's The Mighty Angel, was released by Kino Swiat in Polish cinemas in January. The story of the unrelentless self-destruction of an alcoholic - played by Robert Wieckiewicz, who played the title role in Andrzej Wajda's Walesa. Man Of Hope - was co-produced by HBO Polska who has also boarded Smarzowski's next film Volnyhia.

Ten thousand see uprising

Meanwhile at the festival, an audience of 10,000 people, including several veterans of the Warsaw Uprising and President Bronislaw Komorowski, attended a special advance screening of Jan Komasa's Warsaw44 (Miasto44) at the capital's National Stadium on Wednesday evening, two days before the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising against the Nazis.

Eight years in the making from the time when director Komasa (Suicide Room) was approached by producer Akson Studio with the idea for the project, the $8m drama was presented as a work in progress by Akson's Jan Kwiecinski at last year's Polish Days in Wroclaw. …

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