Kebab and Horoscope selected at Karlovy Vary
by Dorota Hartwich
- Grzegorz Jaroszuk’s film will have its world premiere in the East of the West competitive section of the Czech event
Having won several awards for his graduation short Frozen Stories (selected at Sundance 2012; awarded prizes at Locarno, Clermont-Ferrand and AFI Fest, among others; and nominated for the European Film Award), Polish filmmaker Grzegorz Jaroszuk will unveil his feature debut, Kebab and Horoscope [+see also:
film profile], as a world premiere in the East of the West competitive section of the 49th Karlovy Vary Festival (4-12 July 2014).
The story begins with an attempt to save a carpet shop on the brink of bankruptcy. The firm’s manager wants to hire some marketing experts, and two crooks with the nicknames Kebab and Horoscope reply to his advert. However, their arrival ends up being a real intrusion because they have such a huge effect on the members of staff that life at the shop changes completely. The cast features Bartlomiej Topa and Piotr Zurawski, who are joined by Andrzej Zielinski, Justyna Wasilewska and Tomasz Schuchardt, among others. Produced by MD 4 (read the interview with Agnieszka Kurzydlo, European Film Promotion’s Producer on the Move 2013), Kebab and Horoscope is sold internationally by New Europe Film Sales.
Polish cinema has had a major presence and has attracted a great deal of favourable attention at a number of recent editions of Karlovy Vary. Last year, Floating Skyscrapers [+see also:
interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
film profile] won the East of the West section, and Papusza [+see also:
interview: Joanna Kos Krauze
film profile] by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze received a Special Mention from the jury in the official competition. In 2011, Marcin Koszalka won the top award in the short-film competition with The Declaration of Immortality, and in 2005, the Crystal Globe went to My Nikifor by the Krauze couple.
(Translated from French)