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CANNES 2008 Poland

Skolimowski to open Directors’ Fortnight

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Skolimowski to open Directors’ Fortnight

Jerzy Skolimowski’s new film Four Nights with Anna [+see also:
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will have its world premiere screening in the Directors’ Fortnight at the 61st edition of the Cannes Film Festival.

This French/Polish co-production – which will open the 40th Directors’ Fortnight on May 15 – is the first film Skolimowski (Walkover, Hands Up!, Ferdydurke) has shot in Poland for many years, following his emigration.

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Born in 1938, Skolimowski is a graduate of the Lodz Film School, where he worked as an assistant to Andrzej Wajda and became friends with Roman Polanski, with whom he co-wrote the screenplay for the cult film Knife in the Water (1962).

From the 1960s onwards, Skolimowski worked outside Poland: in Italy, France, the UK and the US, where he currently lives and works.

In his new film, Anna (Kinga Preis) is a nurse in a hospital in a small Polish town. Léon (Artur Steranko), another employee at the hospital, once witnessed Anna being violently raped. He spends his time spying on the young woman, watching her intently day and night. His feelings towards her gradually turn into a real obsession.

The film is co-produced by Alfama Films (France) and Skopia Film (Poland), in association with Wild Bunch and Telewizja Polska (TVP). It is lensed by Adam Sikora, the DoP renowned for his artistic and sophisticated cinematography on Lech Majewski’s films (Angelus and Wojaczek).

Four Nights with Anna will be distributed in France by Les Films du Losange and will be released in Poland this autumn by Gutek Film.

(Translated from French)

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