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Summer with Thrillers
September 29, 2014   
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A swathe of new and exciting films were screened in the coastal resort of Ko這brzeg Aug. 7-10 during this year’s Sensacyjne Lato Film闚 film festival targeted at fans of thrillers and crime movies. The event, now in its third year, aims to showcase the world’s best and newest films from these genres in the summer setting of a seaside town.

The screenings were held at the Regional Culture Center in Ko這brzeg as well as on a summer stage. Moreover, the local beach hosted the festival’s Night Moviethon, which featured movies that were a hit at this year’s Let’s CEE Film Festival in Vienna and had not yet been released in Poland.

In all, several dozen movies were shown this year. In addition to new Polish productions, the festival featured films from various parts of the world, the festival’s producer, Andrzej Stachecki, said.

One of this year’s special events was a screening of Academy Award-winning short feature films produced by Danish studio M&M Productions.

Another highlight was the premiere of a Romanian film entitled The Rosenthal Gang.

Thanks to the festival’s team-up with the AXN television channel, festival audiences had a chance to see the entire first season of the Crossing Lines series produced by Sony Pictures Television Networks and starring Donald Sutherland and William Fichtner.

This year’s Ko這brzeg Film Award—called Latarnik (Lighthouse Keeper)—went to Polish-born movie director Agnieszka Holland. Viewers could see the cinema version of her Burning Bush mini-series produced by HBO. Somewhat disappointingly, Holland did not appear at the festival to collect the award in person and meet with viewers.

Meanwhile, to the delight of fans, veteran Polish actor Jan Nowicki (pictured) showed up at Ko這brzeg to pick up the Ikona Polskiego Kina (Polish Cinema Icon) lifetime achievement award. He fielded a series of questions from the crowd, including some personal ones.

Up-and-coming film director Jagoda Szelc walked away with an award for exceptional creativity in filmmaking. The award is named after Wojciech Jerzy Has, a prominent Polish film director, screenwriter and producer who died in 2000.

For the first time this year, the organizers held the First Shot competition for young filmmakers together with AXN. The most interesting short feature films entered for this competition were shown during the festival.

Tomasz Raczek, artistic director of the festival, said, “During the Ko這brzeg festival we want to demonstrate that we have professionals among Polish filmmakers who are perfectly able to cope with such a difficult genre as the thriller. This year we showed movies that were previously unknown in Poland and became hits at the Let’s CEE Film Festival in Vienna. They hit the spot. The viewers were moved, some of them to tears. And that’s exactly what good cinema is all about.”

An additional attraction of the festival was a music recital by actress Anna Dereszowska and a show of words and music by Nowicki entitled Z ob這k闚 na ziemi (Down to Earth).

Barbara Der璕owska
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