Polish talent on the rise


Polish talent on the rise
przy Berlin International Film Festival

Praca: film- The case of Josephine H.. 2014 (50`)

Urszula Antoniak

Antoniak began as a writer of movies and shorts for television. Her first feature, “Nothing
Personal,” screened in competition at the Locarno Film Festival in 2009, nabbing the Golden
Leopard for debut film and the actress award for Lotte Verbeek. It also took the Fipresci jury
award and a special mention from the Ecumenical Jury. Her subsequent feature, “Code
Blue” (2011) (1) and latest, “Nude Area” (2014), played at several international fests,
including a Directors’ Fortnight berth in Cannes for the provocative “Code Blue.” The
Polish-Dutch filmmaker has a few projects in the pipeline, including Polish production
“Polish Gigolo” and “Run Dry,” an Irish-Dutch-Polish co-production.


Izabella Gustowska

Following a long career in multimedia and teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Poznan,
where she also studied, Gustowska is known in the film world for her first documentary,
“The Case of Josephine H.” (2), which preemed at the 2014 New Horizons Film Festival and
recounts the story of painter Edward Hopper’s wife, Josephine, who searched for her own
muse in New York City. The move to feature-length docs looks like an easy one for
Gustowska, who was born in 1948 in Poznan, where she continues to work and live, and
made a career in the arts, working in the fields of prints, painting, video installation and
video performance. She has also run galleries and mounted many exhibitions, and staged her
own one-woman shows.


Grzegorz Jaroszuk

A graduate of Lodz’s Polish National School, Jaroszuk saw his graduation film, “Frozen
Stories” (2011), play at Sundance, pick up several fest awards including the Pianifica Prize
in Locarno and the Grand Prix at the AFI Fest, and receive a nod for short film from the
European Film Academy. “Kebab & Horoscope,” his first feature (which he also penned),
preemed at Karlovy Vary and went on to several other fests including Gdynia and
Reykjavik. New Europe Film Sales is handling the pic. His next film is “Story of a Sign,”
which he is writing with Kinga Krzeminska.


Katarzyna Klimkiewicz

Klimkiewicz knew she wanted to be a film director since she was a teenager and graduated
from the Polish National Film School in Lodz. She’s part of a generation of filmmakers
probing the aftermath of communism in Polish society. After her first feature, “Flying
Blind” (2012), (3) and other successful short films, Klimkiewicz made the critically
acclaimed short “La Isla” with Chilean director Dominga Sotomayor in 2013. The film won
at the Huesca festival, making it eligible for the Academy Award for short film.


Julia Kolberger

Kolberger is an alumna of the Polish National Film School in Lodz, where she graduated
from the directing program in 2009. Apart from working as an actress and assistant director
on various projects, she wrote and directed the highly praised short film “The Easter
Crumble,” which played at a number of fests worldwide, last year winning the Grand Jury
Award in the Young Cinema Competition in Gdynia. Kolberger has yet to make her debut
feature but her filmmaking future looks promising.


Borys Lankosz

Lankosz’s fiction and doc shorts picked up several fest prizes, but he had his breakthrough
with his debut film, “Reverse” (5). Pic was part of the Variety Critics’ Choice sidebar in
Karlovy Vary in 2010. “Reverse” was heralded as the forerunner of a “new wave” of Polish
cinema. He has completed his upcoming and highly anticipated thriller, “A Grain of Truth,”
an adaptation of the bestselling Polish novel by Zygmunt Miloszewski, and is in pre-
production on his next project, the adaptation of another bestseller, “Dark, Almost Night.”