email print share on Facebook share on Twitter share on reddit pin on Pinterest

PRODUCTION / FUNDING Poland

Jerzy Skolimowski’s new film among ten projects supported by the Polish Film Institute

by 

- Oscar-nominated animator Dorota Kobiela, Łukasz Ronduda and Łukasz Grzegorzek have also received grants from the PISF

Jerzy Skolimowski’s new film among ten projects supported by the Polish Film Institute
Director Jerzy Skolimowski, who has received approximately €700,000 in funding for his new project Baltazar

While the team of experts assembled by the Polish Film Institute (PISF) debates the ways in which the industry can return to work in a safe and reasonable manner, the main funding body has also decided on the recipients of the first batch of grants for domestic productions for 2020. Some of these films, like Tak ma być (Let It Be) by Łukasz Grzegorzek, are international co-productions but with Poland as a majority co-producer.

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

Ten projects were supported with an overall sum of PLN 25.2 million (€5.8 million). Two of them are receiving subsidies on the basis of the decision of PISF director Radosław Śmigulski: Code Red/Imigranci (lit. "Code Red/Immigrants") by Dariusz Jabłoński (who also works as a producer: his recent credits include Oleg Sentsov’s Numbers [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Oleg Sentsov
film profile
]
, shown at the 2020 Berlinale), staged by Apple Film; and Niepewność (lit. "Uncertainty") by Waldemar Szarek, produced by Fog Content Agency Sp z oo. The former project received PLN 2.5 million (€581,000) and the latter PLN 1.5 million (€348,000).

Dorota Kobiela, who directed the Oscar-nominated feature-length animation Loving Vincent [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dorota Kobiela
film profile
]
with Hugh Welchman, received PLN 4 million (€930,000) for Chłopi (lit. "Peasants"), which is being produced by Chłopi Sp z oo w organizacji. Kobiela is this time listed as the sole director of the animation based on a classic Polish novel from the 1900s, penned by Władysław Reymont and awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1924.

Veteran filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski (Deep End, Essential Killing [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jerzy Skolimowski
film profile
]
), who is currently staying in Sicily, received PLN 3 million (approximately €700,000) for a project entitled Baltazar, which may have connections with the 1966 Robert Bresson classic Au Hasard Balthazar. It is being staged by production outfit Skopia Film. In a 2018 interview with Polish daily Gazeta Wyborcza, Skolimowski said that it was the only film that had “really moved” him.

Writer, director and art curator Łukasz Ronduda is set to make Wszystkie nasze strachy (lit. "All Our Fears") with a PISF grant of PLN 1.7 million (approximately €400,000). The feature is being produced by Serce. Both of his previous films revolved around edgy Polish artists – performer Oskar Dawicki (The Performer [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
), and poet, filmmaker and performer Wojciech Bąkowski (A Heart of Love [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
) – and they were both presented at International Film Festival Rotterdam. Ronduda’s third feature focuses on Daniel Rycharski, also an artist, who in his works examines religion, LGBT+ issues and iconography in rural Poland.

Also, as mentioned above, Łukasz Grzegorzek (Kamper [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
and A Coach’s Daughter [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, both showcased at Karlovy Vary) is gearing up to make his third film, Let It Be, which will be produced by Koskino, and co-produced with the Czech Republic and possibly also Bulgaria. The PISF contribution is as high as PLN 1.5 million (€348,000), and the shoot is scheduled for summer 2020, assuming the pandemic allows cast and crew to safely return to film sets.

The company behind The Last Family [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Dawid Ogrodnik
film profile
]
and Corpus Christi [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bartosz Bielenia
interview: Jan Komasa
film profile
]
, Aurum Film, will produce Śubuk, the third directorial effort by Jacek Lusiński. This project will receive PLN 3 million, or circa €700,000. Also in the works is the new outing by Filip Bajon, whose previous film, The Butler [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, won the Silver Lions at the Polish Film Festival in 2019. He will helm Nauczyciel (lit. "The Teacher"), with another PLN 3 million (approximately €700,000) having now been added to the budget by the PISF. It is being staged by Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop.

Last but not least, two feature debuts were also supported by Poland’s main funding body. One of these is the Koi Studio-produced Zakopiańscy dżentelmeni (lit. "Gentlemen from ZakopaneI") by Maciej Kawalski, which, according to the published synopsis, will tell a crazy story featuring writer Joseph Conrad and set in a Polish mountain resort, Zakopane, in 1914. Meanwhile, Anna Maliszewska is preparing to shoot Deep Frozen Goods, produced by Metro Films. Each of these projects is to be granted PLN 2.5 million (€581,000).

(The article continues below - Commercial information)

Did you enjoy reading this article? Please subscribe to our newsletter to receive more stories like this directly in your inbox.

Privacy Policy