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Polish Film Festival opens in Gdynia

18.09.2023 07:30
Sixteen productions, including a hand-painted animation, will vie for awards in the main competition of the Polish Film Festival, which opens in the coastal city of Gdynia on Monday.
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A number of national premieres and two directorial debuts are among the films set to compete for the festival’s top Golden Lions award and a host of other prizes, according to organisers.

Festival submissions include director Olga Chajdas' Imago, Jan Kidawa-Błoński's The Secret of Little Rose, and Paweł Maślona's Scarborn, which tells the story of Polish-American independence hero Tadeusz Kościuszko.

Other standout productions include The Peasants, a hand-painted animation by the directorial duo of D.K. Welchman (formerly known as Dorota Kobiela) and Hugh Welchman, based on the novel by Nobel Prize-winning Polish author Władysław Reymont.

Also competing for the Golden Lions will be Jan Holoubek's Doppelgänger, Piotr Dumała's Fin del Mundo? and Maciej Bochniak's Freestyle, Polish state news agency PAP reported.

The annual Polish Film Festival, first held in 1974, is one of the oldest film events in Europe, according to organisers.

The 48th Polish Film Festival will be held in Gdynia until September 23.

Oscar-winning production designer Allan Starski is set to receive the Platinum Lions lifetime achievement award at the festival.

Allan Starski Allan Starski. Photo: PAP/Rafał Guz

The Silent Twins, a Polish-US-British co-production directed by Agnieszka Smoczyńska, won the Golden Lions award at the 47th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia last year.

Public broadcaster Polish Radio is a media partner of the event.


Source: IAR, PAP, festiwalgdynia.pl