Ki, Land of Oblivion and Carnage unspool at Venice Mostra
by Dorota Hartwich
Poland is first and foremost (but not exclusively) present as a co-producing country at the 68th Venice International Film Festival, which opened yesterday. The line-up includes three titles (co-)produced by Poland and backed by the Polish Film Institute with one film, Roman Polanski’s Carnage [+see also:
film profile], vying for the Golden Lion and two features screening in the parallel sections: Leszek Dawid’s Ki [+see also:
interview: Leszek Dawid
film profile] and Michale Boganim’s Land of Oblivion [+see also:
Carnage (see news) is adapted from a play by Yasmina Reza tracing the meeting between two couples after a quarrel between their children. Polanski has re-teamed with DoP Pawel Edelman (who worked on The Ghost Writer [+see also:
film profile] and The Pianist [+see also:
film profile], as well as Andrzej Wajda’s Sweet Rush [+see also:
film profile] and Katyn [+see also:
interview: Andrzej Wajda
interview: Michal Kwiecinski
film profile]). The feature’s Polish co-producer is
Venice Days will present Dawid’s Ki. According to the Venice selectors, this "comedy about loneliness, an unforgettable portrait of a woman, is a very classy debut feature, almost emblematic of this edition of Venice Days." Starring Roma Gasiorowska, who won Best Actress for her performance at the Gdynia Polish Film Festival in June, K was produced by Scorpion Arte and will be released on Polish screens on September 30.
Finally, Venice Critics’ Week has selected Boganim’s French/German/Polish/Ukrainian co-production Land of Oblivion (see news). This film centred on the Chernobyl nuclear disaster stars Andrzej Chyra and its score is composed by jazz pianist and composer Leszek Możdżer. The film’s Polish co-producer is Apple Film Production.
(Translated from French)