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NEW HORIZONS 2020 Polish Days

New Horizons’ Polish Days takes its tenth edition online

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- With a total of 24 invited film projects, all at various stages of production, the largest industry event in Poland will go digital on its original dates

New Horizons’ Polish Days takes its tenth edition online
Magnesia by Maciej Bochniak, one of the completed films taking part in Polish Days

The tenth edition of Polish Days, the New Horizons International Film Festival’s leading industry event, will once again present the majority of the most highly anticipated forthcoming titles from the national film industry. Polish Days will happen entirely online from 27-29 July, even though New Horizons IFF itself won’t run on its original dates and has been postponed to 5-15 November 2020 (you can also read the interview with the festival’s artistic director, Marcin Pieńkowski). The selection of 24 film projects includes titles at every stage of production, as six completed films, eight works in progress and ten projects in development will be showcased.

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Magnus von Horn’s sophomore feature, Sweat [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Magnus von Horn
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]
, which was also officially selected for Cannes, is one of the six completed films set to be featured at the Polish Days screenings. Six years after his debut feature, Kebab & Horoscope [+see also:
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, writer-director Grzegorz Jaroszuk is presenting his sophomore feature, Dear Ones. Another second-time director, Grzegorz Zariczny (Waves [+see also:
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interview: Grzegorz Zariczny
film profile
]
), is featured with Simple Things [+see also:
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, which combines elements of fiction and documentary (see the news). The fourth second-time director is Maciej Bochniak (Disco Polo [+see also:
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), with Magnesia, a western set during the interwar period in Poland (see the news). Furthermore, Dawid Nickel, known for serving as assistant director on two films by Małgorzata Szumowska (Body [+see also:
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interview: Malgorzata Szumowska
interview: Malgorzata Szumowska
film profile
]
and Mug [+see also:
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interview: Małgorzata Szumowska
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]
), is bringing along his debut feature, Love Tasting. The selection is rounded off by cinematographer and writer Jan Holoubek, who will be presenting 25 Years of Innocence. The Case of Tomek Komenda [+see also:
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, his debut feature, based on true events.

Among the eight works in progress are Autumn Girl, the sophomore feature by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz (Flying Blind [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
), which narrates the story of the “Polish Marilyn Monroe” Kalina Jędrusik (see the news). Another biopic is the debut feature The Champion by Maciej Barczewski, which follows the true story of boxer Tadeusz “Teddy” Pietrzykowski, who was imprisoned in Auschwitz (see the news). Also, five years after his feature debut, Klezmer [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Piotr Chrzan
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]
, writer-director Piotr Chrzan is presenting his sophomore drama, Masters of the Planet. The new documentary Balcony Movie. Step into My Frame by Paweł Łoziński explores the diversity and complexity of our contemporary world, as seen from a balcony. Also, documentarians Ola Jankowska (I Was Here) and Jakub Piątek are having their first crack at fiction features, with the claustrophobic thriller Prime Time and the drama Anatomia, respectively. After being featured in the recent KVIFF Eastern Promises Industry Days, Piotr Złotorowicz has been selected with his debut feature, Faithbreaker, a visual poem that adopts a non-linear form of storytelling. Finally, debutant Sylwester Jakimow is presenting his comedy We’ll Be Fine and rounds off this section’s selection.

Finally, most of the projects that are currently in development are by established filmmakers, and the selection includes: Fucking Bornholm by Anna Kazejak (The Word [+see also:
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]
), Subuk by Jacek Lusiński (Carte Blanche [+see also:
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), Goat Mountain by Andrzej Jakimowski (Tricks [+see also:
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interview: Andrzej Jakimowski
interview: Tomasz Gąssowski
film profile
]
), Sorry, Poland by Kuba Czekaj (Baby Bump [+see also:
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interview: Kuba Czekaj
film profile
]
) and Fears by Łukasz Ronduda (A Heart of Love [+see also:
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). Also, documentarian Igor Devold is presenting his feature-film project Norwegian Dream, and the MML Collective (Maciej Mądracki, Michał Mądracki, Gilles Lepore) will come clutching their docu-fiction drama Trackers. The selection is topped off by three debut projects: I Wanna Be Yours by Grzegorz Mołda, Gentlemen of Zakopane by Maciej Kawalski and Whilst the Heart Still Burns by Agnieszka Mania.

Here is the complete selection of the projects participating in New Horizons Polish Days 2020:

Completed films

25 Years of InnocenceJan Holoubek
Dear OnesGrzegorz Jaroszuk
Love TastingDawid Nickel
MagnesiaMaciej Bochniak
Simple Things [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
Grzegorz Zariczny
Sweat [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Magnus von Horn
film profile
]
Magnus von Horn (Poland/Sweden)

Works in progress

AnatomiaOla Jankowska
Autumn GirlKatarzyna Klimkiewicz
Balcony Movie. Step into My FramePaweł Łoziński
The ChampionMaciej Barczewski
FaithbreakerPiotr Złotorowicz
Masters of the PlanetPiotr Chrzan
Prime TimeJakub Piątek
We’ll Be FineSylwester Jakimow

Pitching of projects in development

FearsŁukasz Ronduda
Fucking BornholmAnna Kazejak
Gentlemen of ZakopaneMaciej Kawalski
Goat MountainAndrzej Jakimowski
Norwegian DreamIgor Devold
Sorry, PolandKuba Czekaj
SubukJacek Lusiński
TrackersMaciej Mądracki, Michał Mądracki, Gilles Lepore
Wanna Be YoursGrzegorz Mołda
Whilst the Heart Still BurnsAgnieszka Mania

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