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FESTIVALS Poland

More than 200 films being showcased at Off Camera

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- Dedicated to independent film, the tenth edition of the festival gets going today in Krakow, boasting a wide-ranging programme that audiences will be able to discover until 7 May

More than 200 films being showcased at Off Camera
Stars by Jan Kidawa-Blonski

The tenth Netia Off Camera International Festival of Independent Cinema, which kicks off today in Krakow, will offer more than 200 titles before coming to a close on 7 May. The amount of money that will be handed to the winner of the Grand Prix in the official competition is far from trifling – the award comprises $100,000, in addition to a guaranteed grant of one million Polish zlotys (around €230,000) for the victor’s next film.

Among the ten feature films battling it out in the "Making Way" official competition, which will be assessed by a jury chaired by Agnieszka Holland, we find several Polish premieres. Europe is very well represented by several works about youth and adolescence, such as Worldly Girl [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
interview: Marco Danieli
film profile
]
by Italy’s Marco Danieli, which hinges on a young woman in the world of Jehovah’s Witnesses; A Date for Mad Mary [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Ireland’s Darren Thornton, focusing on a girl who returns home after a stretch in prison; Filthy [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Tereza Nvotová
film profile
]
by Slovakia’s Tereza Nvotova, which breaks the silence on rape and its traumatic aftermath; and Butterfly Kisses [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Rafael Kapelinski
film profile
]
by British director Rafael Kapelinski, a black-and-white drama that depicts the misadventures of three teenagers on a south London council estate. Polish cinema is represented by The Last Family [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dawid Ogrodnik
film profile
]
by Jan P Matuszynski (a feature debut that has won a string of awards ever since it was premiered in competition at Locarno, where it scooped the Best Actor Award).

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As is customary at the festival, the Kulczyk Foundation Award, which comes with 300,000 zlotys (around €70,000), will be bestowed upon the winner of the national film competition, the programme for which also comprises ten titles, including Amok [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Kasia Adamik, Hatred [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Wojciech Smarzowski, United States of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Tomasz Wasilewski
film profile
]
by Tomasz Wasilewski, I’m a Killer [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maciej Pieprzyca
interview: Renata Czarnkowska-Listos a…
film profile
]
by Maciej Pieprzyca, The Art of Loving [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Maria Sadowska, Kamper [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Lukasz Grzegorzek and Playground [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bartosz M. Kowalski
film profile
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by Bartosz Kowalski. Also in the running are three movies that will be having their Polish premieres: Stars [+see also:
trailer
film profile
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by Jan Kidawa-Blonski, Satan Said Dance [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
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by Katarzyna Roslaniec and Memories of Summer [+see also:
trailer
interview: Adam Guziński
film profile
]
by Adam Guzinski.

(Translated from French)

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