Apple Film is one of the leading and most experienced Polish production companies, with a vast experience in international co-productions. It produced over 30 feature films, documentaries and drama series, and co-produced with more than 20 countries.
In the high-end drama, Apple Film co-produced two shows sold worldwide by BBC Worldwide: Spies in Warsaw and The Passing Bells, with UK partners for BBC, TVP, BBC America and Arte. Currently, Apple Film is filming Polish-Czech-Ukranian TV series The Pleasure Principle directed by Dariusz Jablonski.
The company is run by Dariusz Jablonski together with Violetta Kaminska and Izabela Wojcik. The significant part of their track-records is CE and EE co-productions, i.e. Dovlatov (Berlinale 2018, Main Competition), When the Trees Fall (Berlinale 2018, Panorama), Under Electric Clouds (Silver Bear Berlinale 2015. )
Director: Aleksiej German Jr
Screenplay: Aleksiej German Jr
Cast: Milan Maric, Danila Kozlovsky, Helena Sujecka, Arthur Beschatny
The film shows several days from the life of the young and so far unknown writer Sergei Dovlatov in 1970s Leningrad, on the eve of his friend's immigration, the future Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky. Dovlatov, like many other banned writers and artists in the USSR, attempts to live a normal life: to write, to mend fences with his daughter, to get a job, alas, each day it becomes more and more difficult. In a series of life conflicts, intermittently funny and soul-piercing, we discover for ourselves the life of an insightful, brilliant, ironic and talented individual who tries to preserve decency and talent in spite of the state machinery.
Silver Bear for Oustanding Artistic Contribution, Berlinale 2018
WHEN THE TREES FALL 2018
Director: Marysia Nikitiuk
Screenplay: Marysia Nikitiuk
Cast: Sofia Khalaimova, Anastasia Pustovit, Maksym Samchyk
In a godforsaken village in Ukraine, a rebellious little girl learns about life watching her teenage cousin's romance with a young criminal. But when he flees after a murder, her cousin is forced to marry someone else, and this little heroine comes to realize how important it is to fight for your dreams.
Berlinale 2018 - PANORAMA
K.Kieslowski ScriptTeast Award 2016 for the Best Eastern European Script
THE TRIAL. RUSSIAN FEDERATION VS OLEG SENTSOV 2017
Director: Askold Kurov
Screenplay: Askold Kurov
Cast: Oleg Sentsov
Oleg Sentsov is a Ukrainian filmmaker, Euromaidan activist and native of Crimea. After the Russian annexation of Crimea, he became an active opponent of the occupation. In May 2014 he was arrested by the Russian security service, charged with planned terrorist attacks and transported to Moscow. After over a year in custody, he was sentenced to 20 years in prison, despite the fact that the testimonies were given under duress and evidence was insufficient. Sentsov never pled guilty.
Director Askold Kurov follows the progress of the trial and the attempts of Oleg’s family, friends and lawyers to save him from prison. The notorious case inspired protests around the world: the European Film Academy and many renowned filmmakers such as Pedro Almodovar, Wim Wenders, Agnieszka Holland, Ken Loach, Johnny Depp and others called for Oleg’s release. Kurov’s investigation gradually reveals an absurd and frightening Kafkaesque story about how anyone can become a victim of a ruthless state machine.
Warsaw Documentary Award, Amnesty International Award, Poland 2017