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NEW HORIZONS 2018 Industry

New Horizons’ Polish Days unveils its 2018 selection

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- Totalling 25 film projects at various stages of production, the most important industry event at New Horizons offers an extended showcase of what to expect from Polish cinema

New Horizons’ Polish Days unveils its 2018 selection
A Coach’s Daughter by Łukasz Grzegorzek

Polish Days is the New Horizons International Film Festival’s most important industry event, which has been co-organised since 2013 with the Polish Film Institute. The event aims to present an overview of Polish cinema at every stage of production to almost 200 professional guests, from Poland and abroad, including festival programmers, sales agents and producers. The 2018 edition of Polish Days will run from 30 July-1 August during the 18th New Horizons International Film Festival (26 July-5 August) in Wrocław, presenting a total of 25 film projects – five completed films, nine works in progress and 11 projects in development.

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Three of the five selected films that will be having closed screenings are sophomore features: the Middle Ages-set historical drama The Mute by Bartosz Konopka, the metaphysical thriller Monument [+see also:
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 by Jagoda Szelc, whose debut, Tower. A Bright Day [+see also:
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, was screened in this year’s Berlinale Forum, and Łukasz Grzegorzek’s (Kamper [+see also:
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) road movie A Coach’s Daughter (see the news). Debutant director-visual artist Agnieszka Polska is a regular at Polish Days: she pitched her comedy-drama Hurrah, We Are Still Alive at the 2015 edition (see the news), and the project was also screened as a work in progress at the Goes to Cannes initiative this year. Finally, another visual artist, Wojciech Pustoła, rounds off the selection with his documentary White Cube.

Some of the highlights from among the nine selected works in progress are: the eagerly awaited third feature by Jan Komasa (Warsaw 44 [+see also:
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), the drama Corpus Christi (see the news); the recently completed (see the news) sophomore feature Simple Things by Grzegorz Zariczny (Waves [+see also:
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); the biopic on Polish poet and Nobel Prize laureate Maria Linde, Dolce Fine Giornata [+see also:
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 by Jacek Borcuch; and the crime-thriller Dark, Almost Night by Borys Lankosz. Other titles include the drama Dear Ones by second-time director Grzegorz Jaroszuk (Kebab & Horoscope [+see also:
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) and Used Up by Małgorzata Imielska, whose documentary Love and Empty Words [+see also:
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 premiered this year at Krakow. Finally, debutants Daria Woszek (with her dark comedy Marygoround [+see also:
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) and Michał Szcześniak (with the psychological thriller Fisheye) and acclaimed writer Tomek Tryzna’s philosophical tale Wind Up top off the selection.

The 11 projects that are currently at different stages of development or production and which will be pitched at Polish Days are 9:17 PM Incident by Tomasz WolskiBefore the Horizon Ends by Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal (The Sun, the Sun Blinded Me [+see also:
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), Broad Peak by Leszek Dawid (You Are God [+see also:
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), Her/His by Anna Kazejak (The Word [+see also:
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), I Never Cry by Piotr Domalewski (Silent Night [+see also:
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), Ilusion by Marta Minorowicz (Zud [+see also:
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), In Between by Piotr J Lewandowski (Jonathan [+see also:
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), The Horse Tail by Justyna Łuczaj-SalejThe In-Between by Bartosz M Kowalski (Playground [+see also:
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), The Storm Before the Calm by Marcin Bortkiewicz (Walpurgis Night [+see also:
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) and Patagonia by Agnieszka Zwiefka (The Queen of Silence [+see also:
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).

Besides the Polish Film Institute, other Polish Days partners include the Wrocław Film Commission, the Mazovia Warsaw Film Commission, the Łódź Film Commission, the Krakow Film Commission, the Podkarpackie Film Commission, the Warmia - Masuria Film Fund, ColoroffonAeroplan Studios, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute and EAVE.

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