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Films in competitions of the 62nd KFF




International Documentary Competition

The prestigious list of the 15 best documentaries eligible to compete in the Krakow Film Festival’s competition includes one Polish film – Boylesque by Bogna Kowalczyk. There is a clear theme recurring in productions from around the world – facing memory. And often also facing trauma, in both individual and collective sense.

List of films qualified for the international documentary competition of the Krakow Film Festival
  • 1341 Frames of Love & War, dir. Ran Tal, Israel, 90’ 2022
  • Adamiani, dir. Hirotoshi Takeoka, Japan, Netherlands, 120′, 2021 
  • Boylesque, dir. Bogna Kowalczyk, Poland, 70′, 2021       
  • En mis zapatos, dir. Pedro Morato, Belgium, 61′, 2021   
  • The Cathedral, dir. Denis Dobrovoda, Slovakia, 90′, 2022   
  • Fragile Memory, dir. Ihor Ivanko, Ukraine, Slovakia, 85′, 2022
  • Little Axel, dir. Fabien Greenberg, Bård Kjøge Rønning, Norway, 53’, 2021
  • At Full Throttle, dir. Miro Remo, Czech Republic, Slovakia, 85′, 2022
  • No Place For You In Our Town, dir. Nikolay Stefanov, Bulgaria, 85′, 2022       
  • Beneath the Surface, dir. Alexander Niakaris Irvine-Cox, Norway, Great Britain, 102′, 2022
  • Tolyatti Adrift, dir. Laura Sistero, Spain, 70′, 2022   
  • Reconstruction of Occupation, dir. Jan Šikl, Czech Republic, 100′, 2021
  • The Hamlet Syndrome, dir. Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski, Poland, Germany, 85′, 2022
  • Eternal Spring, dir. Jason Loftus, Canada, 86′, 2022   
  • All That Breathes, dir. Shaunak Sen, USA, Great Britain, India, 97′, 2022

Short Film Competition

Short fiction films, documentaries, and animated films created by artists from various corners of the world will bring us closer to the everyday life of inspiring and intriguing characters – and take us on a journey through time and space. A total of 13 documentaries, 13 fiction films, and 13 animations – with 6 Polish productions among them – have a chance to win the Golden Dragon, a recommendation for the European Film Awards, and a short path to the Oscars.

List of fiction films qualified for the short film competition:
  • 10:45, dir. Giorgi Gogichaishvili, 14’, Georgia 2021
  • Caterpillar, dir. Marcus Anthony Thomas, 21’, United Kingdom 2021‬
  • Chiatura, dir. Toby Andris, 16’, France, Georgia 2021
  • Ruthless, dir. Matthew McGuigan, 13’, Ireland 2021
  • Gila Who Walks Alone, dir. Yuval Shapira, 20’, France, Israel 2021
  • Live, dir. Baggio Jiang, 22’, China 2021
  • No Ghost in the Morgue, dir. Marilyn Cooke, 16’, Canada 2022
  • Mandatory Presence, dir. Adam Ziajski, Poland 2021
  • Snowdrops at the End of the Train, dir. Galina Georgieva, 26’, Bulgaria 2021
  • The Swarmers, dir. Alison Kuhn, 30’, Germany 2022
  • To The Sea, dir. Lin Po-Yu, 25’, Taiwan 2021
  • Victoria, dir. Karolina Porcari, 28’, Poland 2022
  • The Sea Bride, dir. Mohammed Ateeq, 15′, Bahrain 2021
List of animated films qualified for the short film competition:
  • A Brief History of Us, dir. Etgar Keret, 6’, Poland 2021
  • A Goat’s Spell, dir. Gerhard Funk, 9’, Germany 2022
  • Cherry Bone, dir. Evgenia Gostrer, 18’, Germany 2021
  • Impossible Figures and Other Stories I, dir. Marta Pajek, 16’, Poland, Canada 2022
  • Holy Holocaust, dir. Osi Wald, Noa Berman-Herzberg, 17, Israel 2021
  • Home of the Heart, dir. Sarah Saidan, 15’, France 2021
  • In His Mercy, dir. Christoph Büttner, 12′, Germany, 2022
  • Love, Dad, dir. Diana Cam Van Nguyen, 13’, Czech Republic, Slovakia 2021
  • Luce and the Rock, dir. Britt Raes, 13’, Belgium, France, The Netherlands 2022 
  • Menagerie, dir. Jack Gray, 4’, USA 2022
  • Til We Meet Again, dir. Ülo Pikkov, 14’, Estonia 2022
  • Fortress, dir. Sławek Zalewski, 13’, Poland 2021
  • Without Us, dir. Julie Engaas, 9’, Norway 2022
List of documentary films qualified for the short film competition:
  • Anna, dir. Julia Roesler, 18’, Germany 2022
  • Hardcore, dir. Adán Aliaga, 22’, Spain 2022
  • How Do You Measure A Year?, dir. Jay Rosenblatt, 29’, USA 2021
  • It’s Time You Died Already, dir. Hadar Morag, 17’, Israel 2021
  • Laboratory No. 2, dir. Edris Abdi, Aware Omer, 16’, Iraq, Iran 2021
  • Forests, dir. Simon Plouffe, 16’, Canada 2022
  • Maldita. A Love Song to Sarajevo, dir. Raúl de la Fuente Calle, Amaia Ramirez, 27’, Spain 2022
  • Moody, dir. Tomasz Ratter, Karolina Karwan, 30, Poland 2022
  • Call Me Mommy, dir. Tara O’Callaghan, 15’, Ireland 2022
  • Parizad, dir. Mehdi Imani Shahmiri, 24’, Iran 2021
  • The Dream of a Horse, dir. Marjan Khosravi, 25’, Iran 2021
  • Strigov, dir. Barbora Bereznakova, 7′, Slovakia, 2022
  • Warrawong, dir. Simon Target, 30’, Australia 2022

National Competition of the Krakow Film Festival

Among the documentaries, shorts, and animated films from all over the world, there will be – as always – a strong line-up of Polish productions in the Krakow Film Festival program. They will take part in all four festival competitions and will also be presented during special segments. As many as 12 Polish titles will be competing for prizes in international film competitions!

 

Documentary films:
  • 30 Years of Excuses , dir. Armand Urbaniak, 74’, Poland 2022
  • 7 Words About Passing Away, dir. Łukasz Iwanicz, 9’, Poland 2022
  • God and Lunaparks’ Warriors, dir. Bartłomiej Żmuda, 77’, Poland 2022
  • Boylesque, dir. Bogna Kowalczyk, Poland, 70′, 2022  
  • Boulevard, dir. Artur Wierzbicki, 63’, Poland 2022
  • Our Tenement, dir. Piotr Szczepański, 69, Poland 2022
  • The Voice, dir. Dominika Montean-Pańków, 73’, Poland 2022
  • When I’ll Be…, dir. Tymoteusz Kałużewski, 21’, Poland 2022
  • The Rocking Horses, dir. Marcin Lesisz, 30’, Poland 2022
  • My Place Ozerna, dir. Karina Będkowska, 58’, Poland 2022
  • Moody, dir. Karolina Karwan, Tomasz Ratter, 30’, Poland 2022
  • Tell Me My Story, dir. Maciej Miller, 22’, Poland 2022
  • The Pack, dir. Tadeusz Chudy, 52, Poland 2022
  • The Hamlet Syndrome, dir. Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosołowski, Poland, Germany, 85′, 2022
  • One Does Not Do It To a Cat, dir. Jan Gębski, 10’, 2022
  • Identity, dir. Konrad Królikowski, 59’, Poland 2022
  • Edge of Light, dir. Wojciech Szumowski, 73’, Poland 2021
  • Zasada, reż. Michał Bolland, 70’, Poland 2022
  • Zbigniew Seifert. Interrupted Journey, dir. Robert Kaczmarek, 80’, Poland 2021
Animated films:
  • A Brief History of Us, dir. Etgar Keret, 6’, Poland 2021
  • Dessert Dachshund, dir. Betina Bożek, 7’, Poland 2022
  • Impossible Figures and Other Stories I, dir. Marta Pajek, 16’, Poland, Canada 2022
  • The Cat, dir. Zofia Strzelecka, 6’, Poland 2022
  • Blooming Brain, dir. Edyta Adamczak, 10’, Poland 2022
  • Music of Sonny, dir. Anna Sałacińska, Klementyna Margolis, 8’, Poland 2022
  • Slow Light, dir. Kijek/Adamski, 11’, Poland, Portugal 2021
  • This Will Not Be a Festival Film, dir. Julia Orlik, Poland 2022
  • Fortress, dir. Sławek Zalewski, 13’, Poland 2021
Short fiction films: 
  • Followers. Live Shooting, dir. Jakub Radej, 28’, Poland 2022
  • Cat, dir. Zofia Kowalewska, 21’, Poland 2022
  • A Dead Marriage, dir. Michał Toczek, 19’, Poland 2022
  • Mandatory Presence, dir. Adam Ziajski, 25′ Poland 2021
  • Unburial, dir. Artur Wyrzykowski, 22’, Poland 2022
  • Performance, dir. Michał Edelman, 17’, Poland 2022
  • The Fence, dir. Tomasz Wolski, 26’, Poland 2022
  • Only Until Dawn, dir. Eliza Godlewska, Alan Ruczyński, 27’, Poland 2022
  • Victoria, dir. Karolina Porcari, 28’, Poland 2022
  • In The Circle, dir. Jan Naszewski, 23’, Poland 2022

The International Music Documentary Competition DocFilmMusic

The first all-female thrash metal band from Lebanon, Cesária Évora like we have never seen her before, a ten-year-old piano prodigy from Georgia, a story about how Fiddler on the Roof was made, and a pandemic opera – these are just some of the topics examined by films qualified for the prestigious DocFilmMusic documentary competition. Documentary opera, musical, contemplative cinema – film-and-music documentaries from all over the world –as always – bring many surprises in both content and form. 

List of films qualified for the DocFilmMusic international competition:

  • 30 Years of Excuses , dir. Armand Urbaniak, 74’, Poland 2022
  • Atonal Glow, dir. Alexander Koridze, 67’, Georgia 2021
  • Near and Dear, dir. María Alvarez, 81’, Argentina 2021
  • Cesária Évora, dir. Ana Sofia Fonseca, 93’, Portugal 2022
  • Fiddler’s Journey to the Big Screen, dir. Daniel Raim, 88’, USA 2022
  • Kapr Code, dir. Lucie Králová, 91, Czech Republic, Slovakia 2022
  • Paraíso, dir. Sergio Tréfaut, 85”, Portugal, France 2021
  • Shlomo Bar – a Musical Documentary, dir. Gilad Inbar, 56’, Israel 2021
  • Sirens, dir. Rita Baghdadi, 78’, USA, Lebanon 2022
  • Crazy Days – or Making an Opera in Pandemic Times, dir. Sanne Rovers, 66’, Netherlands 2022
  • Zbigniew Seifert. Interrupted Journey, dir. Robert Kaczmarek, 80’, Poland 2021