GDYNIA: Polish film director, screenwriter and producer Marcin Wrona died unexpectedly on 19 September 2015 during the 40th Gdynia Film Festival. He was considered one of the rising stars of the Polish cinema.
Born in 1973, Marcin Wrona was a PhD graduate in film studies a the Jagiellonian University. He also studied directing at Wajda School and Binger Film Institute in Amsterdam. Since 2006 he was a lecturer at Krzysztof Kieślowski Faculty of Radio and Television at the University of Silesia.
His short film Magnet Man was screened in over 100 festivals and won several awards, including a distinction at the Student Études Competition at the Camerimage and Best Student Film Award at the Tribeca Film. Telefono, a short film made at Wajda School, was included in the Spanish edition of Pedro Almodóvar's film collection.
His screenplay Tamagotchi, co-written with Grażyna Trela, won the Polish edition of the Hartley Merrill International Screenplay Competition (now SCRIPT PRO) in 2007 and the 3rd prize at its international finale. The screenplay served as a basis for Wrona's feature My Flesh My Blood which premiered at Rome IFF in 2009.
His second feature The Christening directed and coproduced by Wrona in 2010, was presented at Toronto and San Sebastian IFF and won numerous awards in Poland including the Silver Lion and Gdynia Film Festival.
Wrona's last feature film Demon had its world premiere at Toronto Film Festival and was screened in the main competition at the 40th Gdynia Film Festival. Marcin Wrona is survived by his wife Olga Szymańska, filmmaker and producer of Demon.