The ceremonial screening of Andrzej Munk’s “Bad Luck” will begin on Monday evening at the 46th Polish Film Festival at the Music Theater in Gdynia. 16 titles are competing in the Main Competition, including the Polish candidate for the Oscar “Let there be no traces” by Jan P. Matuszyński.
The film by Andrzej Munk that opens the festival is to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of this year and the 60th death of the director of “Eroika” who died tragically.
The jury evaluating the 16 titles in the Main Competition will be led by Andrzej Barański, the creator of such films as “A Woman from the Provinces” or “Two Moons”. Next to him, the pictures will be judged by actress Joanna Kulig, director Agnieszka Smoczyńska, costume designer Dorota Roqueplo, musician and composer Mikołaj Trzaska, cinematographer Bogdan Dziworski.
The Platinum Lions for Lifetime Achievements will be received during the festival gala by the world-famous director Agnieszka Holland, nominated for an Oscar three times.
The 46th PFF in Gdynia will run until September 25th.
The movies we are waiting for
There is no doubt that the two most anticipated titles are “Let there be no traces” by Jan P. Matuszyński – a picture that had its world premiere a few days ago in a Venetian competition – and also the Polish candidate for the Oscar 2022 – and “Hyacinth” by Piotr Domalewski. It is worth emphasizing that Tomasz Ziętek, who we remember from “God’s Body” by Jan Komasa or from “Silent Night”, also by Piotr Domalewski, played the main role in both films.
It looks like a fierce competition, as both artists have won the Golden Lions for their debut productions – Matuszyński for “The Last Family”, Domalewski for “Silent Night” – and they guarantee a high artistic level of their works.
The first of the films tells about the case of Grzegorz Przemyk and one of the most famous crimes of the 1980s in the People’s Republic of Poland. We are talking about a 19-year-old high school graduate brutally murdered by the police, the son of the poet and oppositionist Barbara Sadowska. The prototype for the script was a report by Cezary Łazarewicz with the same title awarded with the Nike 2019 Literary Award.
The role of Przemyk was played by the debutant Mateusz Górski. His mother was played by Sandra Korzeniak. In addition, the film features: Aleksandra Konieczna, Agnieszka Grochowska, Jacek Braciak, Tomasz Kot and Robert Więckiewicz.
The second of the expected pictures, “Hyacinth”, is a criminal history of an investigation into a gay serial killer. The action of the film also takes place in the 1980s. Its main character is a young policeman “with rules” (Ziętek), who finds out about a dangerous criminal. In the course of the investigation, he meets a man whom he decides to use as an informant. However, he is not aware of how the relationship with him will affect his work and personal life.
Marcin Ciastoń’s script was inspired by the famous “Hiacynt” militia action carried out in 1985-87, aimed at the homosexual community. In addition to Tomasz Ziętek, we will see Hubert Miłkowski, Tomasz Schuchardt and Agnieszka Suchora.
The Main Competition features biographies
Of course, the list of expected competition titles does not end there. It is becoming more and more clear that Polish filmmakers most often refer to stories based on facts, particularly eagerly focusing on extraordinary biographies that give actors an opportunity to show off. This trend is also prevalent in Hollywood.
And these are the next proposals from young directors who dominated the main competition. “Because there is sex in me” by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz and “Najmro. He loves, steals, respects” – Mateusz Rakowicz’s debut.
Everything seems to be in the title of the first film. It comes from a song sung by the first sex bomb of those years, the Polish Marylin Monroe, or Kalina Jędrusik – and this is what Klimkiewicz tells about.
The plot focuses on the period in the life of the actress, in the 1960s, when her star was shining with the brightest light. Kalina is the happy wife of Stanisław Dygat and has an affair with a young singer, which her husband fully accepts. However, her shameless joy in life outrages many. After her performance at Barbórka, it turns out that the cross, which she displayed on the neckline, shocked the people’s authorities. He is banned from TV appearances. But she wouldn’t be herself if she didn’t try to get around him while remaining independent.
In the role of Kalina Jędrusik we will see the beautiful Maria Dębska – the daughter of the director of the films “My Daughters of a Cow” and another, this year’s competition “Nothing soup”. Leszek Lichota will play her husband, the great writer Stanisław Dygat. In addition, the film will feature, among others, Igor Zalewski-Brejdygant and again Tomasz Ziętek, this time in the role of Kazimierz Kutz.
In turn, the aforementioned debut of Mateusz Rakowicz, “Najmro. He loves, steals, respects” is another show by Dawid Ogrodnik, who has recently specialized in biographical cinema and has won awards for his roles, such as: “I want to live”, “Icarus. The legend of Mietek Kosz” and “The Last Family”.
“Najmro. He loves, steals, respects” is a sensational comedy inspired by the life of the PRL king of thieves. The gardener plays Zdzisław Najmrodzki, who stole cars and robbed shops, ridiculing the inept militia and the people’s government with his escapes. If we add that soon the film by Leszek Dawid “Broad Peak” will be released in cinemas, where Ogrodnik played Adam Bielecki, a Polish climber, and then a biographical story about priest Jan Kaczkowski, we have a set of heroes that can not be boasted – apart from Ogrodnik – probably nobody in our cinema.
Not only the Main Competition
It is said that the measure of the success of important film festivals are the discoveries, victories of unknown filmmakers who appear unexpectedly and sweep prizes away from renowned artists. This is often the case in Cannes and Venice, Toronto, but also in our country. The Golden Lions in Gdynia for Matuszyński, Domalewski, but also Piekorz for “Pręgi” or Lankosz for “Reverse” show it clearly.
Is there a black horse that will surprise everyone this year? It could be. The rumor is that after the industry shows, the event promises to be a screening of Dorota Masłowska’s prose “Other People” by another debutant – Aleksandra Terpińska. It is a story told in a hip-hop rhythm about a desperate search for love. Sebastian Fabijański will play the main role, and next to him, Sonia Bohosiewicz and Magdalena Koleśnik.
It would seem that this is something that cannot be translated into the language of cinema, but it turned out that the director found the key to it.
All that’s left is to wait for the shows.
List of films from the Main Competition of the 46th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia
“Because there is sex in me” Katarzyna Klimkiewicz
“Hitler’s Aunt” Michał Rogalski
“Hyacinth” by Piotr Domalewski
“Other people” by Aleksandra Terpińska
“Tenant” Michał Otłowski
“My wonderful life” Łukasz Grzegorzek
“Mosquito State” Filip Jan Rymsza
“Najmro. He loves, steals, respects” Mateusz Rakowicz
“Return to Legoland” Konrad Aksinowicz
“Prime Time” Jakub Piątek
“Passage” by Dorota Lamparska
“Sonata” by Bartosz Blaschke
“Death of Zygielbojm” by Ryszard Brylski
“All our fears” Łukasz Ronduda and Łukasz Gutt
“Nothing soup” by Kinga Dębska
“Let there be no traces” Jan P. Matuszyński
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