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TOFIFEST 2015

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Tofifest: 11 titles for the “From Poland” competition

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- Raging Rose by Julia Kowalski is one of the most eagerly awaited films in this section of the festival, which is currently under way in Toruń

Tofifest: 11 titles for the “From Poland” competition
Raging Rose by Julia Kowalski

Unveiled in the alternative ACID selection of Cannes last May, Raging Rose [+see also:
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, the feature debut by Julia Kowalski, is indisputably one of the biggest curiosities of the competitive “From Poland” section of the 13th Tofifest in Toruń (18-25 October).

Tonight, the festival audience will be able to discover the film by the director born in France to Polish parents, which already turned heads at the project stage, particularly through the Sopadin Grand Prix for Best Screenwriter in 2013 and the Script Pro Award at Warsaw. In Raging Rose, Julia Kowalski portrays Rose (Liv Henneguier), a teenage girl who helps Jozef, a Polish worker (Andrzej Chyra), to find his son, Roman (Yoan Zimmer), whom he abandoned 15 years ago. This encounter turns the lives of these three characters upside down because while Rose initially gets involved in order to keep herself occupied during her free time, she suddenly finds that she is caught up in some complex emotional relationships.

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Andrzej Chyra, one of the best actors Poland currently has to offer (awarded countless times, including for his performances in The Collector [+see also:
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, Katyn [+see also:
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interview: Andrzej Wajda
interview: Michal Kwiecinski
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, All That I Love [+see also:
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and In the Name Of [+see also:
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interview: Malgorzata Szumowska
interview: Mateusz Kosciukiewicz
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), also features among the cast of another title in the From Poland competition: Carte Blanche [+see also:
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 by Jacek Lusinski.

In total, there are 11 Polish productions duking it out in this competition hinging on arthouse film. The line-up includes Damaged [+see also:
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 by Filip Bajon, The Actress by Kinga Debska and Maria Konwicka, The King of Life [+see also:
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 by Jerzy Zielinski, and the latest opuses by two well-known female directors: (Dis)apperance by Magdalena Lazarkiewicz and Body [+see also:
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interview: Malgorzata Szumowska
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by Malgorzata Szumowska. They are joined by two titles directed by artists, which also centre on artists: Walser [+see also:
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by Zbigniew Libera, and The Performer [+see also:
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by Maciej Sobieszczanski and Lukasz Ronduda. Lastly, Walpurgis Night [+see also:
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by Marcin Bortkiewicz and Karbala [+see also:
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by Krzysztof Lukaszewicz have also been selected.

One final thing to note is that a special, out-of-competition screening of Demon [+see also:
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by Marcin Wrona, the filmmaker who passed away too soon during the most recent Gdynia Film Festival, has been organised for the end of the festival.

(Translated from French)

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