KADR FILM STUDIO
The oldest Polish film studio, founded in 1955. Until 2009, it produced approx. 150 films, including the most important titles of Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Munk, Janusz Morgenstern, Kazimierz Kutz, Tadeusz Konwicki. Kadr films were awarded a number of prestigious prizes at International Film Festivals: Cannes (‘‘CANAL’’ and ‘‘MOTHER JOANNA OF THE ANGELS’’), Venice (‘‘NIGHT TRAIN’’, ‘‘LAST DAY OF SUMMER’’, ‘‘ONCE UPON A TIME’’ and ‘‘ASHES AND DIAMONDS’’) and Berlin (‘‘THE DEATH OF A PRESIDENT’’, ‘‘NIGHTS AND DAYS’’). Kadr Film Studio was also nominated twice for the Oscars: for ‘‘PHARAOH’’and ‘‘NIGHTS AND DAYS’’.
The Studio was first to initiate the process of digital reconstruction of the masterpieces of Polish cinema, which has been performed under the supervision of their creators, and looking after their rights as authors. Restored films come to be available on the Youtube channel at: Filip Bajon was appointed by Ministry of Culture to head KADR Film Studio on March 1st, 2015 thus becoming also one of the leading Polish producers. Since then KADR Studio already has three new film debutes prepared for production, plus one film project in development.
Filip Bajon is a film and theatre director, script writer, prose writer, born in 1947 in Poznan. He took his first career steps in 1974, after leaving the National Film, Television and Theatre School (PWSFTviT) in Łódz ( where he completed the directing course) at the Tor Film Studio, initially making short and medium-length documentaries and feature films. He sporadically directed documentaries as well as television theatre productions and stage plays. Filip Bajon’s first full-length film was ‘‘ARIA DLA ATLETY’’ (‘‘Aria for an Athlete’’). The director’s style was surprisingly different and fresh compared to the slightly journalistic trend of the cinema of moral anxiety that dominated in the Polish cinema at the time. Mr Bajon has directed 37 projects, including documentaries, school films and TV productions.
INFLUENZ / HISZPANKA 2015
Genre: Thriller, History
Director: Łukasz Barczyk
Screenplay: Łukasz Barczyk
Cast: Crispin Glover, Bruce Glover, Jan Peszek, Jan Frycz, Karl Markovics
Spiritual thriller, high budget production with extraordinary costumes and scenography. Refers to the cinema era-German Expressionism and the atmosphere of the pervasive sense of the end of old world and the birth of new one. Dark, spiritual, mysterious and emotional movie. The plot is summed up by the liberation struggle of Poles at the end of World War I, but is told with a great distance to the history. The action take place in the minds of the mediums stepped in trance which try to protect politician against other prominent medium working for the army of the enemy. Influenz provides a deep reflection of the eternal power struggle between reason and affect, order and chaos, as well as matter and spirit.
Gdynia Film Festival
- Best Set Design Award - Best Costume Award
NEIGBORHOODERS / SASIADY 2014
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director: Grzegorz Królikiewicz
Screenplay: Grzegorz Królikiewicz | Adrian Markowski
Cast: Marek Dyjak, Krystyna Tkacz, Ewa Błaszczyk, Sławomir Sulej, Sandra Korzeniak
Director is the legendary creator of avant-garde films. His Neighborhooders is a portrait of the poor people excluded from culture, from the main currents of social life. Neigborhooders consists of some short stories. In one of them a muscular priest is making a traditional house call on behalf of the Church to one of the parishioners, who happens to practice “the oldest profession in the world”. In the second one, a husband is pretending to beat his wife, in order to impress his neighbours. People shopping for fish for Christmas dinner end up with Easter rabbits laying painted eggs, and a woman with two hearts gives one to her partner. There is a lot of humour in it, often absurd, but above all there is a lot of warmth.