28th edition runs Oct 12-21 and will screen 200 features and shorts from 55 countries.
Andrzej Jakimowski’s Imagine [pictured] will receive its European premiere as the opening film of the 28th Warsaw Film Festival, which runs Oct 12-21.
Jakimowski’s drama, which world premiered in Toronto, is one of 200 features and shorts from 55 countries that will screen at this year’s festival. The European premiere of Jan Hrebejk’s The Holy Quaternity will close the festival.
18 features, including Imagine, will compete in the festival’s International Competition which will be juried by Et Hu, founder and artistic director of Beijing-based Film Factory, producer Katia Filippova, director Ahmet Boyacioglu, producer Jozsef Berger and director Greg Zglinski whose Courage won two awards at last year’s festival. Jesper Ganslandt’s Blondie, Paula van der Oest’s The Domino Effect, Reza Dormishian’s Hatred and Tudor Giurgiu’s Of Snails And Of Men are among the other titles in contention.
This year’s edition will also feature four other competitive sections and five non-competitive sections. Films competing in the 1-2 Competition include Zdeněk Jiráský’s Flower Buds and Keith Miller’s Welcome To Pine Hill, while the Free Spirit Competition sees the likes of Pablo Berger’s Spanish Oscar contender Blancanieves and Florin Piersic Jr.’s Killing Time competing for the award.
Bart Layton’s The Imposter, Lauren Greenfield’s The Queen Of Versailles and Chanoch Ze’evi’s Hitler’s Children are among the titles screening in the Documentary Competition.
Films included in the non-competitive section include Wladyslaw Pasikowski’s Aftermath and All In by Daniel Burman, who will be on hand to present the screening. Over 120 international filmmakers are set to attend the festival to introduce their films.
The eighth edition of the CentEast Market will take place during the festival from Oct 19-21. Specialising in Eastern European films, the event will present selected works-in-progress from the region, as well as screenings of the latest Polish films.
Full lineup for this year’s Warsaw Film Festival can be found on the festival’s website.