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  • 8 September 2015

    The Toronto International Film Festival traditionally picks the potential candidates to the Oscar Awards. This year, Poland is represented by six films that have a chance of repeating the success of the Oscar winning Pawel Pawlikowski’s “Ida.”

    From September 10th to  20th, Toronto will host the most important film festival in North America that will present the newest trends in cinema from around the world.  

     

    In the “Masters” section of the festival the film “11 Minutes” will be screened, directed and based on a screenplay by Jerzy Skolimowski.  The film tells the story of 11 minutes of life of different characters that at the last second interwoven in one event that determines the future for each of them. Mikolaj Lebkowski is the director of cinematography.  Starring:  Andrzej Chyra, Dawid Ogrodnik, Wojciech Mecwaldowski, Agata Buzek, Jan Nowicki, Piotr Glowacki, Richard Dormer, and Ifi Ude.  The film’s premiere will take place just days before the Toronto festival at the Venice International Film Festival. 

     

    “Demon” directed by Marcin Wrona will have in Toronto its world premiere and will be screened in “Vanguard” section of the festival.  Marcin Wrona known for full-length films “My Blood” and “Baptism,” television series, and theatrical spectacles, proposes a drama with elements of horror and farce. The film tells the story of a man called by his friends “Pyton,”  who arrives from England to Poland for a wedding.   The gruesome discovery made on the eve of the wedding is the beginning of disturbing events.  The main cast includes:  Itay Tiran, Agnieszka Zulewska, Andrzej Grabowski and Tomasz Schuchardt. 

     

    “Body” directed by Malgorzata Szumowska will be screened at the festival’s Special Presentations.  This is yet another film of this director presented in Toronto.  In 2011, the world premiere of the film “Sponsoring”  was presented at the festival, while in 2008 the film “33 Scenes from Life”  was screened.  Malgorzata Szumowska was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Director at this year’s festival in Berlin. The main plot of the film is taking place in present-day Poland, and it tells a story of three people – prosecutor (played by Janusz Gajos), suffering from anorexia his teenage daughter (Justyna Suwala), and a therapist (Maja Ostaszewska). 

     

    Malgorzata Szumowska will also take part in the 12th Talent Lab Toronto, as one of artistic caretakers  of 20 novice filmmakers, alongside figures such as Wim Wenders and Jim Stark.

     

    “The Here After” directed by Magnus von Horn is a Polish-Swedish co-production representing the future trends of the cinema and will have a screening at the Discovery section of the festival.  The world premiere of this film took place at the 68th Cannes International Film Festival.

     

    “The Here After” combines Scandinavian aesthetics and a way of telling stories with emotional baggage of the Polish cinema.  The project of this film was developed within the framework of Passion to Market – financed by the Polish Film Institute and directed at workshops aimed at graduates from three European film schools:  The Lodz Film School, the National Film and Television School from London, and the Paris La Famis

     

    “7 Sheep”  directed by Wiktoria Szymanska will be screened in the festival competition Short Cuts. This short story film is about a little girl, who is under the care of an old shepherd.  The girl discovers the world close to nature, full of magic and unusual play with the animals.  Soon, between the girl and the shepherd develops a friendship that slowly replaces loneliness.  The film is a Polish – Mexican – British co-production.  

     

    In the context of Wavelenghts section will be screened animation “Analysis of Emotions and Vexations” directed by Wojciech Bakowski.  The screening of this film at the Toronto International Film Festival will be its world premiere.

     

    More Information about films and  screenings can be found at TIFF

     

    The films presentations will not be the only Polish accents at the festival.  The jury for this year’s director contest “Platform”  will have a well-known member in the person of the Polish director Agnieszka Holland.

     

    The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto supports the Polish Film Institute in the promotion of Polish films at the Toronto International Film Festival. 

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