Friday, 21st September 2018, at the 43rd PFF
One day before the final resolutions at the 43rd Polish Film Festival, the viewers can still see the most of the films from the Main Competition. Official screenings on the Large Stage of the Musical Theatre, supplemented with meetings with filmmakers, are the following: at 10.00 AM, “Once Upon a Time in November” by Andrzej Jakimowski, at 12.30, “Mug” by Małgorzata Szumowska, at 3.30 PM, “A Cat with a Dog” by Janusz Kondratiuk and at 6.00 PM, “Ether” by Krzysztof Zanussi. Press screenings in Warszawa screening room of the Gdynia Film Centre begin at 9.30 AM with the film by Janusz Kondratiuk. The viewers of festival screenings in Multikino can also meets the filmmakers: after “Playing Hard” by Kinga Dębska at 4.00 PM, and then, after “Mug” by Małgorzata Szumowska at 7.30 PM. Both screenings in screening room 2.
As part of Pure Classics, on 21st September at 11.00 AM, we invite to “The Hourglass Sanatorium” directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has. After the screening, in Goplana screening room of Gdynia Film Centre, there will be a meeting with the cinematographer, Witold Sobociński. In the same place, at 2.30 PM, we will present one of the outstanding films of cinema of moral disturbance, “Camouflage” by Krzysztof Zanussi. The director will take part in the meeting following the film. The Festival is an opportunity to see outstanding Polish films, digitally reconstructed. In Goplana screening room, we will also present “The Maids of Wilko” by Andrzej Wajda and “Eroica” by Andrzej Munk, at 5.50 PM and 10.45 PM. In Morskie Oko screening room, at 1.15 PM, there will be a Special Screening In Memoriam of “Meta” and “Monidło” directed by Antoni Krauze.
The Polonica section on Friday involves fours screenings in Multikino. At 12.30 we invite to “Frost” directed by Sharunas Bartas and to a meeting after the film, which will be attended by Andrzej Chyra. At 6.00 PM we invite to “Under The Tree” by Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurdsonn. Those films can be seen in Multikino. We also invite to the film “The Harvesters” by Etienne Kallos, which will be screened at 5.00 PM. At 8.00 PM, in the same screening room, we will present “Winter Flies” directed by Olmo Omerzu. After the film, we invite to a meeting with Natalia Grzegorzek, the film producer.
As part of the historic section 100 Years of Independence, on Friday, we invite to Konsulat Kultury for a free screening of “Westerplatte” by Stanisław Różewicz from 1967. The screening will start at noon. At the same place, screenings of films from the Visions Apart Competition will also take place: “53 Wars” by Ewa Bukowska, “My Friend the Polish Girl” by Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek, “Nina” by Olga Chajdas and “Windows, Windows” by Wojciech Solarz. “Monument” by Jagoda Szelc will be screened before noon in Multikino, and “The Day of Chocolate” by Jacek Piotr Bławut in Goplana screening room of the Gdynia Film Centre.
Two documentaries, „Dworzec Gdański” by Maria Zmarz-Koczanowicz and „Seven Jews from My Class” by Marcel Łoziński, will be shown in one screening block at 2.00 PM in Multikino in screening room 4. The screening and the meeting with the directors of both films are part of the Festival section “50 years after March 1968”. There will also be the last screenings of films awarded in this year’s editions of Krakow Film Festival. At 4.00 PM in Multikino in screening room 8 we will show a block of short films. “III” by Marta Pajek (Srebrny Lajkonik for the director of the best animated film), “Unconditional Love” by Rafał Łysak (Złoty Lajkonik for the director of the best film) and “The Sisters” by Michał Hytroś (Srebrny Smok for the director of the best documentary film). On Friday, we also close a short review of Pre-War Cinema Treasures and the reunion with Pola Negri. “The Polish Dancer”, the oldest and the only preserved film from the Polish period of the career of Apolonia Chałupiec, will be shown at 9.00 PM in Goplana screening room in Gdynia Film Centre.
A supplement of the film programme of the day is the evening outdoor screening at Grunwaldzki Square. At 8.00 PM, we will show “The Last Family” by Jan P. Matuszyński, awarded the Golden Lions two years ago.
The Festival Friday is a second day of Gdynia Industry meetings held on Kameralna Stage of the Musical Thatre. At midday, the section will be opened with a Conference “Women of Film 50/50 by 2020”. The participants will point at solutions that can enable the rise of the role of women in cinema. At 3.00 PM, Warsaw Kids Film Forum invites to discussion about the sale and distribution potential of children and family productions. The next point of Gdynia Industry is dedicated to Stowarzyszenie Polskich Producentów Animacji. And at 4.30 PM Studio Munka, which celebrates their 10th anniversary of existence, invites to a meeting entitled “Szukamy nowego Munka”. Entry to all Gdynia Industry meetings is free of charge, accreditation-only.
Polish Film Festival opens a new section – “Face to Face”. The guest of the premiere edition will be Director of the Polish Film Institute Radosław Śmigulski.
During the 43rd PFF, from 18th through to 20th September 2018, there will be a special platform in the Musical Theatre for everyone who would like to video record oneself asking questions about current challenges and problems faced by the film industry.
Selected questions will be played at the 90-minute debate “Face to Face” scheduled for 21st September, 2.00 PM, Mercure Gdynia Centrum Hotel (Omega room).
Every holder of media or industry accreditation, who booked a seat at www.system.festiwalgdynia.pl, can participate. As with film screenings, a seat reservation is required. The audience will be encouraged to ask questions.
Two hours later, also in Mercure Hotel (Tango room), an open meeting of the Council of the Polish Film Institute will be held. The members of the Council want to hear the voices of various environments in cinema, to identify areas that are not addressed by the PFI activity or that could be addressed better. The first open meeting of the Council of the Polish Film Institute at the Festival in Gdynia will also serve as a preliminary summary of consultations on Operational Programmes 2019.
The climax event of the Festival on Friday will be the Young Gala which will begin at 7.00 PM in the Musical Theatre on the New Stage. The audience will get to know the verdict of the Jury of the Short Film Competition, composed of: Maria Sadowska, Norah McGettigan i Leszek Starzyński. We will get to know the winners of the Lucjan Bokiniec Award for the Best Film in the Short Film Competition, the Special Award and other awards. After the closing of the Young Gala, Leszek Możdżer will perform his recital on the New Stage. Separate invitations are required both for the Gala and the concert.
The journalists accredited for the 43rd Polish Film Festival are invited to the Press Office in Gdynia Film Centre for the Deliberations of the Jury of Journalists on Friday, 21st September, about 3.45 PM, that is, directly after the press conference of the film „Once Upon a Time in November”. Detailed information about films and Festival events are available on www.festiwalgdynia.pl website in the section: PROGRAM.