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CANNES 2009 Poland

Cinema verite on ACID line-up


Besides Lars von Trier’s co-production Antichrist [+see also:
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interview: Lars von Trier
film profile
(in Competition) and the shorts in the Short Film Corner (see news), Poland is represented in two other sidebars at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival.

In the Cinéfondation programme, the screenplay for Malgorzata Szumowska’s project Sponsoring (see interview) has been chosen for the Workshop (see news). Set to start shooting in autumn 2010, the feature centres on young women who prostitute themselves to finance their higher education.

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Meanwhile, Dara van Dusen’s short Malzonkowie ("The Bride and Groom"), produced by Łódź Film School and co-financed by the PISF (Polish Film Institute), is among the 17 films in the Cannes Cinéfondation selection.

Set apart from the major productions but recommended to audiences interested in cinema verite is Janusz Mrozowski’s French/Polish co-production Bad Boys. Cell 425 (Filmogène), selected in the alternative ACID (Association for Independent Film Distribution) programme.

The two-hour film is set over 10 days in a 15-meter-squared cell and traces the daily life of seven repeat offenders serving sentences of between nine and 25 years.

In the accompanying text published by ACID, Soufiane Adel comments: "There’s nothing fake about it; this is a difficult subject explored in a raw style. (...) We’re dealing with a type of film where the vocabulary of Wiseman, Clark and Dubuffet is juxtaposed with that of Youtube, Pocket Film and Pixel video. Bad Boys. Cell 425 is a tag, a piece of cinematic graffiti, which finds its freedom of expression in the constraints and engagement of visual art".

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(Translated from French)

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