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Krakow Film Festival Unveils Competition Docs

The 51st Krakow Film Festival (May 23 - 29, 2011) will present 19 documentaries in its international competition, including six films from Eastern Europe. The Polish national competition will premiere 20 docs by, among others, Marcel Lozinski, Marcin Sauter, Jakob Dammas & Helge Renner, Magdalena Pieta, and Maciej Cuske.

Krakow Film Festival
May 23 - 29, 2011
Krakow / Poland

The KKF international documentary film competition is open to documentaries with a running time of 30 to 60 minutes and more than 60 minutes (only premieres). The competition consists mainly of films spotted at foreign festivals, complemented by titles picked from the record 2700 festival entries.

Out of a total of 9 films, the International Feature-length Competition includes three East European docs:



Director: Wolski Tomasz

Lekarze , Poland, 2011, 90 min, Creative, Health, Portrait

What happens behind the closed doors of the operating, treatment, and specialised medical consultation rooms? In a surgical department we are observing the physicians’ everyday work: the existing hierarchy between them, the importance of decision making, and the struggle with economic hardships. Although most of the time they speak the jargon which is incomprehensible to an ordinary mortal, the doctors also play jokes and recall professional anecdotes. Regardless of the knowledge and experience gained, unexpected moments also take place in their profession.





Phnom Penh Lullaby

Director: Kloc Pawel
Producer: Kloc Pawel

Kołysanka z Phnom Penh , Poland, 2010, 98 min, Creative, Portrait, Social Issues

Everyone holds a secret. The secret of the future. Phnom Penh Lullaby is an intimate story of a man looking for love and acceptance. Ilan Schickman left Israel dreaming of a new life. He now lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with his Khmer girlfriend Saran and daughters Marie, 2 years old, and Jasmine, 6 months, trying to make ends meet as a street fortune-teller.









Invisible Strings: The Talented Pusker Sisters

Director: Sós Ágnes
Production company: HBO Hungary

Láthatatlan húrok - A tehetséges Pusker nővérek , Hungary, 2010, 72 min, HD, Music, Portrait

A documentary about an almost mysterious relationship between two sisters, and about the power of music that plays a determining and essential part in their lives.



East Silver 2010




Featuring 10 films altogether, the International Mid-length Competition will also present three documentaries from Eastern Europe:



Mind the Gap

Director: Gorski Maciej
Producer: Braid Monika
Production company: Braidmade Films Ltd, Endboard Productions Limited

Poland, United Kingdom, 2010, 58 min, Digi Beta, Creative, Personal View, Portrait, Religion, Social Issues, Society, Travel

In the contemporary world of multiculturalism it is more and more difficult to define one’s identity. Dari Manoo and his family of Indian Sikhs have experienced this phenomenon. Originally from Kenya, after many years of living in London, they finally decide to immigrate to Australia. Before they do so, they plan a family trip to India to explore the Sikh culture and pass this tradition to the children. To European born teenage Kiran, this journey will be an unforgettable experience.


East European Forum 2006



Argentinian Lesson

Production company: Staron Film

Argentyńska lekcja , Poland, 2011, 56 min, Creative, Portrait

In 1998 Wojciech Staroń made a documentary film The Siberian Lesson. The film told the story of a young teacher, who had emigrated to the vicinity of Lake Baikal in order to teach Polish deportees’ descendants their mother tongue. Many years later, as a married couple with two children, the director and his former protagonist are leaving for Argentina. For their little son this trip will not only be an encounter with the unknown language - influenced by their Argentinian friend, Janek enters the fascinating world of child fantasy, and is introduced to the bitterness of the childhood prematurely contaminated with the problems of the grown-ups.




The Nun

Инокиня , Belarus, 2010, 56 min, Portrait, Religion

What has motivated a mature woman with three children and a successful professional career to abandon her hitherto life and join St. Elisabeth’s convent? Irina Denisova has been an acclaimed Belarussian conductor, a composer, and an academic. Beyond the gates of the monastery she has not given up her passion for music and begun conducting the choir. Although a common man associates such a decision with great sacrifices, for the protagonist it is a true spiritual fulfillment.






Polish National Competition - documentary films. For the first time this year, feature documentaries are included in the National Competition.

More details will follow soon... For a full lineup of films in the competition sections, please visit the Krakow Film Festival website.


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