For its sixth edition, the Festival del film Locarno’s First Look initiative (6 – 8 August) turns the spotlight on Polish Cinema. Thanks to a partnership with the Polish Film Institute and Fundacja Polskie Centrum Audiowizualne, this year's First Look will present 6 films in post-production chosen by the Festival del film Locarno.
The selected films are:
13 SUMMERS UNDERWATER by Wiktoria Szymańska, produced by Wiktoria Szymańska, Izabela Igel (Luna W) and Edher Campos (Machete Producciones)
BIRDS ARE SINGING IN KIGALI (Ptaki Śpiewają W Kigali) by Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze, produced by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Aleksandra Bielska (KosFilm)
THE BUTLER (Kamerdyner) by Filip Bajon, produced by Olga Bieniek and Mirosław Piepka (Film Icon)
DAY OF CHOCOLATE (Dzien Czekolady) by Jacek Piotr Bławut, produced by Anna Bławut-Mazurkiewicz (Aura Films)
I’M A KILLER (Jestem mordercą) by Maciej Pieprzyca, produced by Renata Czarnkowska-Listoś and Maria Gołoś (Re Studio)
ZGODA by Maciej Sobieszczański, produced by Zbigniew Domagalski and Monika Błachnio (Studio Filmowe Kalejdoskop)
The works in progress will be accessible to industry badge holders only. Before each screening the producers and directors will introduce their film to the various international sales agents, funders, distributors and festival programmers.
On August 8, the jury, composed by Kerem Ayan (Istanbul International Film Festival’s Artistic Director), Cameron Bailey (Toronto International Film Festival’s Artistic Director) and Bero Beyer (Rotterdam International Film Festival’s Artistic Director) will be handing out an award worth 65,000 euros in post-production services, sponsored by Cinelab Romania, as well as an award worth 5,500 euros in advertising, donated by Le Film Français. The producers will also access a special matchmaking service provided by First Look Project Manager, Markus Duffner.
Polish Films present in Festival del film Locarno’s official selection:
OSTATNIA RODZINA (The Last Family) by Jan P. Matuszyński – Poland – 2016 – 122’
Signs of Life
THE SUN, THE SUN BLINDED ME by Anka Sasnal, Wilhelm Sasnal – Poland/Switzerland – 2016 – 74’
Semaine de la Critique
KOMUNIA by Anna Zamecka – Poland – 2016 – 70’
MONK OF THE SEA by Rafał Skalski – Poland – 2016 – 64’
Previous editions of First Look have focused on Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Brazil and Israel.