The 48th Polish Film Festivals begins this Monday. For the sixth time, its audience will have the opportunity to watch documentaries that were recognised by the jury and admired by the audience of the Krakow Film Festival. This year, two Polish artists are the stars of the selected films – singer Urszula Dudziak and painter Agata di Masternak.
Thanks to the many years of cooperation between the Krakow Film Festival and the Polish Film Festival, once again the audience gathered in Gdynia will get the chance to see excellent, award-winning documentaries. The program includes two films – Faces of Agata directed by Małgorzata Kozera and Ula by Agnieszka Imielska.
On 20 September, the KFF Catching Waves program will be inaugurated by this year’s Golden Hobby-Horse winner – the documentary about the painter Agata di Masternak. When she was sixteen, the protagonist of Małgorzata Kozera’s Faces of Agata heard that she would probably bleed to death within the next two years. On that day, she was born again. Over the next twenty years, she has undergone over thirty complicated facial surgeries. She lives in London and is an artist who has turned her struggle with a deadly illness into art.
The next day, on 21 September, the audience in Gdynia is going to watch a documentary about the outstanding singer Urszula Dudziak. Ula, a directorial debut by Agnieszka Iwańska won the Golden Heynal, thus becoming the first Polish film to receive the main award in the international music documentary competition DocFilmMusic. The film is an extraordinary record of a fascinating and turbulent journey through the United States, recording studios, and the artist’s relationships, which she herself narrates.
Faces of Agata, dir. Małgorzata Kozera
20 September, 2:15 p.m., Helios – screen 3
Ula, dir. Agnieszka Imielska
21 September, 12:00 p.m., Gdyńskie Centrum Filmowe – Screen Goplana
Tickets can be purchased on the Polish Film Festival’s official website.
Krakow Film Festival is on the exclusive list of qualifying events for the Oscars® in the categories of short film (live action, animated, documentary) and documentary feature, as well as a recommending event for the European Film Awards in the same categories.The 64th Krakow Film Festival will be held in Kraków’s cinemas from 26 May to 2 June and across Poland at the KFF VOD online streaming platform between 31 May and 16 June.