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Independent films at PKO Off Camera

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- Ten European features in competition, around a hundred works in total and a professional sidebar are all on the menu for the eighth edition of the event

Independent films at PKO Off Camera
Appropriate Behaviour by Desiree Akhavan

Having been opened last Friday by the Berlinale Golden Bear winner Taxi by Jafar Panahi, the eighth edition of the PKO Off Camera Festival is unspooling in Krakow, where it will wrap next Sunday. Dedicated to independent cinema, the event offers a rich programme featuring an impressive number of Polish premieres of titles that have already turned heads at the biggest international gatherings.

Standing out among the ten films presented in the "Making Way" official competition are an Irish production (Glassland [+see also:
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by Gerard Barrett), a French title (Fidelio: Alice’s Journey [+see also:
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interview: Lucie Borleteau
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by Lucie Borleteau) and two British features (Appropriate Behaviour by Desiree Akhavan and '71 [+see also:
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Q&A: Yann Demange
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by Yann Demange). Also duking it out are Kebab & Horoscope [+see also:
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by Polish director Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Key House Mirror [+see also:
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interview: Michael Noer
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by Denmark’s Michael Noer, Bridgend [+see also:
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by his fellow countryman Jeppe Rønde, Magical Girl [+see also:
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interview: Carlos Vermut
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by Spaniard Carlos Vermut, Sworn Virgin [+see also:
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Q&A: Laura Bispuri
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by Italian filmmaker Laura Bispuri and Ixcanul Volcano [+see also:
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interview: Jayro Bustamante
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by Jayro Bustamante (co-produced by Guatemala and France).

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From today onwards, industry professionals will be heading along to the Off Camera Pro Industry sidebar for three days. The programme scheduled for today, Monday, includes a debate on new distribution strategies and the financial aspects of these, with speakers including representatives of Onet.pl Group and VoD.pl, Tongariro Releasing and BB Media (which is assisting with the process of sharing TOR Film Production’s catalogue on YouTube). Also featuring on the menu are a round table including British producer Lee Magiday (who will be unveiling The Lobster [+see also:
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Q&A: Yorgos Lanthimos
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in competition at Cannes) and a meeting with two screenwriting consultants: Eva Warda and Marietta von Hausswolff von Baumgarten. Tomorrow will see casting director Ellen Lewis speak about topics such as her work with Martin Scorsese, and legal experts will decipher international co-production contracts and their myriad variations. Lastly, on Wednesday, there will be a meeting with Kim Yutani (programming manager at Sundance) and a case study on Lukasz Palkowski’s film Gods [+see also:
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(Translated from French)

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