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TVP invests in national cinema once again

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- The Polish public television network is supporting the latest feature films by Komasa, Krzystek, Rogalski, Skolimowski, Zanussi and Zalewski, among others

TVP invests in national cinema once again
Jerzy Skolimowski

Following a lack of engagement over the last few years, the Polish public television network TVP is once again funding cinema: in fact, 15 million zlotys (around €3.5 million) have been allocated to film production in its 2014 budget.

Among the feature films being backed is City 44, by Jan Komasa. Financed by TVP to the tune of €714,300, the new film from the director of Suicide Room [+see also:
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was shot last summer after eight years of preparation. The Akson Studio production, which is also being funded by Orange and the Polish Film Institute (PISF), tells the story of a young boy who joins forces with his father during the 1944 Warsaw Uprising.

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There is also €285,700 worth of backing for The Photographer by Waldemar Krzystek, a film that makes a return to the 1970s, set in a Polish village where the Russian Army was stationed. Also supported by the PISF, the feature is being produced by Yes To, in co-production with Odra-Film, Orka Studio, Banana Split Polska, Canal+ Pologne, EBH Polska and Dreamsound.

Also included among the works selected by TVP is Summer Solstice [+see also:
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 by Michal Rogalski, which recounts the misadventures of a group of young people who meet up during the Second World War. This is a production by Prasa & Film and Sunday Filmproduktions, and is being backed to the tune of €238,000.

The list also includes 11 minutes by Jerzy Skolimowski (a co-production by Skopia Film and Element Pictures, with the support of the Irish Film Board – and €143,000 from TVP) and Foreign Body by Krzysztof Zanussi (Tor Film Production in co-production with Wytwórnia Filmów Dokumentalnych i Fabularnych, with the involvement of Italian firm Revolver Film and Russian companies Agencja Teatralna W kregu rodziny and Ineureka i Bella Vostok – €119,000), two titles also being backed by the PISF. Lastly, other titles benefitting are Roj Story by Jerzy Zalewski (which will be developed into a feature film and a three-episode mini-series with a total budget of €1.4 million, covered in its entirety by TVP) and two films that have already been released in theatres: The Mighty Angel [+see also:
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by Wojciech Smarzowski and Walesa. Man of Hope [+see also:
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by Andrzej Wajda.

In the early 2000s, the Polish public television network was the top investor in national film production and was involved in 70%-80% of projects. After having withdrawn from film funding almost completely in 2009-2010, TVP is therefore making a gradual return to these activities, as demonstrated by this €3.5 million investment.

(Translated from French)

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