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NEW HORIZONS 2022 New Horizons Industry

New Horizons’ Polish Days is all set to unspool

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- A total of 22 film projects at various stages of production have been invited to the largest industry event in Poland

New Horizons’ Polish Days is all set to unspool
Below the Surface by Jacek Bławut (© Andrzej Wencel)

The 12th edition of Polish Days, the New Horizons International Film Festival’s main industry event, will once again present the majority of the most highly anticipated forthcoming titles from the national film industry. Polish Days will take place from 24-26 July in Wrocław, during the 22nd New Horizons (21-31 July). The selection of 22 film projects includes titles at every stage of production, as four completed films, eight works in progress and ten projects in development will be showcased.

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Starting off with the four completed films, award-winning director and cinematographer Jacek Bławut (Before Twilight [+see also:
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) is presenting his war drama Below the Surface, which is set in a Polish submarine during World War II, somewhere in the North Sea. Meanwhile, Day and Night follows two stories of female friendship and witchcraft in rural Eastern Poland, following a hybrid narrative – the newcomers behind it, Katarzyna Machałek and Łukasz Machowski, also directed another feature earlier this year, the vérité-style documentary Boys. In his debut feature, Elephant [+see also:
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, Kamil Krawczycki returns to his hometown in Southern Poland to tell the romantic story of Bartek, a young farmer who falls in love with Dawid, a musician who’s visiting the village for a funeral. Painter, visual artist and filmmaker Justyna Łuczaj-Salej is also bringing along her debut feature, The Horse Tail, a psychological drama about the lack of fulfilment in love.

Among the eight works in progress are the sophomore feature Doppelgänger, a suspense-filled psychological drama with elements of thriller and spy movie by Jan Holoubek (25 Years of Innocence [+see also:
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); Film for Aliens, the new, adventurous coming-of-age drama by Piotr Stasik (Moths); Ryfka, the sophomore dramatic feature by Kuba Michalczuk (The In-Laws); and The Breach, the latest thriller by Bartosz Konopka (The Mute [+see also:
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). The selection is rounded off by several debut features: Losing Control, an existential thriller by Ewa Wikieł; the coming-of-age dramas Norwegian Dream by Leiv Igor Devold and Pierce by Nelicia Low; and the drama Ultima Thule by Klaudiusz Chrostowski.

Finally, half of the projects that are currently in development are being helmed by established filmmakers, and the selection includes Grandpa, Let's Go! by Olga Chajdas (Nina [+see also:
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), The Last Warm Summer by Daria Woszek (Marygoround [+see also:
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), Saint Boys by Piotr Domalewski (Operation Hyacinth), Seasons by Michał Grzybowski (Beloved Neighbours) and Symmetry of the Island by Anna Kazejak (Fucking Bornholm [+see also:
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). The selection is topped off by five debut projects, including the first fiction outings by two documentary filmmakers: Certainly the End of Something by Michał Marczak (All These Sleepless Nights [+see also:
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), Tears of Neon by Karolina Bielawska (Call Me Marianna [+see also:
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), Dolphin by Sonja Orlewicz-Zakrzewska (watch our video interview), Ladies Dance Together by Aleksandra Kułakowska and Utopia by Miłosz Sakowski.

Here is the complete selection of the projects participating in New Horizons Polish Days 2022:

Completed films

Below the SurfaceJacek Bławut
Producers: Anna Bławut-Mazurkiewicz, Bartek Gliński (Aura Films)

Day and NightKatarzyna Machałek, Łukasz Machowski
Producer: Katarzyna Machałek (Siamese Production)

Elephant [+see also:
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Kamil Krawczycki
Producer: Jakub Mróz (Tongariro Releasing)

The Horse TailJustyna Łuczaj-Salej
Producer: Marcin Malatyński (Indeks Film Studio)

Works in Progress

The BreachBartosz Konopka
Producers: Beata Ryczkowska (Canal+), Filip Bałdyga (Wiernik Pro)

DoppelgängerJan Holoubek
Producer: Anna Waśniewska-Gill (TVN Warner Bros Discovery)

Film for AliensPiotr Stasik
Producers: Anna Kępińska, Maciej Kubicki (Telemark)

Losing ControlEwa Wikieł
Producer: Ibrahim-Utku Erdogan (Big Kedi Production)

Norwegian DreamLeiv Igor Devold
Producers: Bartek Gliński (Solo Film), Havard Wettland Gosse (Spaett Film), Lennart Lenzing (Riva Film)

PierceNelicia Low
Producers: Izabela Igel, Protocol, Flash Forward Entertainment, Harine Films

RyfkaKuba Michalczuk
Producers: Kuba Kosma, Katarzyna Sarnowska (Serce, Canal+, Kino Polska)

Ultima ThuleKlaudiusz Chrostowski
Producers: Beata Rzeźniczek, Klaudia Śmieja-Rostworowska, Klaudiusz Chrostowski, Jakub Gierszał (Madants)

Pitching of projects in development

Certainly the End of SomethingMichał Marczak
Producers: Anna Różalska, Tarik Hachoud (Match&Spark)

DolphinSonja Orlewicz-Zakrzewska
Producers: Magdalena Sztorc, Przemysław Miękinia (Before My Eyes)

Grandpa, Let's Go!Olga Chajdas
Producers: Karolina Galuba, Małgorzata Małysa (FURIA Film)

Ladies Dance TogetherAleksandra Kułakowska
Producers: Maria Gołoś, Monika Matuszewska (Rozbrat Films)

The Last Warm SummerDaria Woszek
Producers: Michał Jarosik (Mojo Films), Dagmara Molga (Panama Warsaw)

Saint BoysPiotr Domalewski
Producers: Agnieszka Dziedzic, Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham (Aurum Film)

SeasonsMichał Grzybowski
Producer: Maria Leźnicka (HAJA FILMS)

Symmetry of the Island Anna Kazejak
Producer: Marta Lewandowska (Friends With Benefits Studio)

Tears of NeonKarolina Bielawska
Producers: Agnieszka Wasiak, Mariusz Włodarski (Lava Films)

UtopiaMiłosz Sakowski
Producers: Agnieszka Dziedzic, Leszek Bodzak, Aneta Hickinbotham (Aurum Film)

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