New films by Jerzy Skolimowski, Filip Bajon and Marcin Wrona are among selected titles.

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The 40th Gdynia Film Festival (September 14-19) will feature a total of 18 titles in its main competition this year.

Jerzy Skolimowski’s Polish-Irish co-production 11 Minutes, starring Richard Dormer, Agata Buzek, Beata Tyszkiewicz and Mateusz Kościukiewicz follows the same 11 minutes in the lives of several different characters, while the action of Bajon’s Panie Dulskie is set in 1914, 1954 and the 1990s, with a cast including Krystyna Janda, Katarzyna Figura and Maja Ostaszewska.

Wrona will be in Gdynia with his surrealistic third feature, the Polish-Israeli co-production Demon, starring Itay Tiran, about a Polish gangster whose body is possessed by the spirit of a young Jewish girl.

The competition will also include Kinga Dębska’s My Sister and Bartek Prokopowicz’s Chemo, which are both showing in closed screenings at next week’s Polish Days during Wrocław’s New Horizons Film Festival (July 23 - August 2) as well as Małgorzata Szumowska’s Berlinale competition film Body and Magnus von Horn’s The Here After, which premiered in Cannes’ Directors’ Fortnight and was produced by Screen Future Leader Mariusz Włodarski of Lava Films

Gdynia’s Michał Oleszczyk in his second edition as artistic director observed that there had been even more submissions than last year, with a total of 53 titles entered for the main competition and the newly created Visions Apart competition.

“It is a good year for the Polish cinema and this year’s rich selection simply mirrors that,” Oleszczyk said.

The Visions Apart competition for inter-genre, experimental, and not easily classifiable films has selected six titles, including Kuba Czekaj ‘s Baby Bump and Konrad Aksinowicz’s Into The Spirale, which are both being presented as ‘work in progress’ at Wrocław’s Polish Days.


Main competition:

  • 11 Minutes, dir. by Jerzy Skolimowski
  • Anathomy of Evil, dir. by Jacek Bromski
  • Body, dir. by Małgorzata Szumowska
  • Chemo, dir. by Bartek Prokopowicz
  • The Lure, dir. by Agnieszka Smoczyńska
  • Demon, dir. by Marcin Wrona
  • Excentrycy, dir. by Janusz Majewski
  • Influenza, dir. by Łukasz Barczyk
  • The Here After, dir. by Magnus von Horn
  • Karbala, dir. by Krzysztof Łukaszewicz
  • Summer Solstice, dir. by Michał Rogalski
  • My Sister, dir. by Kinga Dębska
  • Walpurgis Night, dir. by Marcin Bortkiewicz
  • New World, dir. by Elżbieta Benkowska, Łukasz Ostalski, Michał Wawrzecki
  • Strange Heaven, dir. by Dariusz Gajewski
  • Panie Dulskie, dir. by Filip Bajon
  • A Grain of Truth, dir. by Borys Lankosz
  • Life Must Go On, dir. by Maciej Migas

Visions Apart Competition:

  • Baby Bump, dir. by Kuba Czekaj
  • Czarodziejska góra, Dir. by Anca Damian
  • Performer, dir. by Maciej Sobieszczański, Łukasz Ronduda
  • Śpiewający obrusik, dir. by Mariusz Grzegorzek
  • W spirali, dir. by Konrad Aksinowicz
  • Walser, dir. by Zbigniew Libera