World premieres of Polish films in the international documentary film competition at the 61st Krakow Film Festival.

    Every year, several outstanding Polish productions are included in the international competitions at the Krakow Film Festival. In the prestigious group of the latest and the most important films from all over the world, they have a chance to vie for the highest festival trophies and recognition of the domestic audience and the film industry from Poland and abroad. This year, in the international film competition, we will see the films “No hero at all” by Michał Kawecki and “Walk with Angels” by Tomasz Wysokiński.

    The eponymous “No hero at all” is Miszka, a guy with many faces. A petty criminal and a promising Alpine skier, in spite of a serious disability and difficult living conditions, he makes the most of life. He surprises with an exceptional sense of humour and distance. The director of the film, Michał Kawecki, meets him at a crucial moment when he enters adulthood and gets his last chance to participate in the Paralympic Games. Above all, however, Miszka must decide for himself what is most important to him and how he imagines his future.

    Jerry is the protagonist of the documentary film “Walk with Angels” by Tomasz Wysokiński. He undertakes the extraordinary mission of finding lost children in the Republic of South Africa. Every year, the children disappear in unexplained circumstances, run away from homes or are kicked out by troubled relatives. Some are abducted for child trafficking or prostitution, others are being killed for organs. In the film, we accompany him in his search for a girl kidnapped in Soweto. The ancestral spirits say that the girl is still alive, but warn that finding the child could result in her mother’s death. The search opens Jerry’s old wounds and brings back painful memories – his early life in the streets, being recruited as a child soldier by the ANC, and his heroic fight against the apartheid regime. The confrontation with the past reveals Jerry’s true soul.

    “Walk with Angels” by Tomasz Wysokiński

    International premieres of the two films, thanks to the hybrid formula of the Festival, will be available both at the cinemas in Krakow and online for viewers all over Poland. In the programme, there are also meetings with the protagonists and the film-makers.

    It will be a very strong competition! announces Krzysztof Gierat, the director of the Krakow Film Festival. We have invited two Polish films to the group of 15 international documentary film productions from recent months, the films which captivated us with their stories, told in an extremely original way, and with a harmonious use of the most suitable forms of expression. I am already looking forward to meeting the charismatic protagonists of both films.


    Changes in the management board of the Krakow Film Foundation

    The Krakow Film Foundation. A new chapter. The former President and the founder of the Foundation, Krzysztof Gierat, resigns in favour of Barbara Orlicz-Szczypuła, who has held the position of Vice-President until now. Katarzyna Wilk and Patrycja Czarny are also appointed to the management board, thus creating a fully female team.

    “I made my decision to resign after careful consideration and numerous discussions. I would like to concentrate on the festival and other related activities,” explains Krzysztof Gierat, who will continue to act as the Director of the Krakow Film Festival. He will also sit on the Programme Council of the Foundation. “I am handing over the reins to the current Vice-President, who co-authored the Foundation from the very beginning, giving an original shape to many of our activities and building a fully professional team that allows creating the new management board. The Foundation will be run by women!” 

    The head of the Foundation is Barbara Orlicz-Szczypuła, who has been on the board of directors since 2006 and for many years has been associated with the organisation of the Krakow Film Festival, as the director of the programme office. She is the director of the KFF Sales & Promotion Agency, the producer of the projects: Polish Docs, Polish Shorts and Polish Animations, the editor of the English-language magazine “Focus on Poland,” addressed to the documentary and short film industry.

    The management board of the Krakow Film Foundation, pf. A. Fiejka

    Katarzyna Wilk became the Vice-President of the Foundation. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Polish Studies at the Jagiellonian University, specialising in Theatre Studies. She also studied film studies, specialising in media, at the Faculty of Cultural Studies at the Jagiellonian University. She acted as an expert of the Polish Film Institute twice. The Vice-President of the KFF Sales & Promotion Agency and the co-ordinator of the Polish Docs project, dedicated to promoting Polish documentary cinema abroad. Katarzyna Wilk is also the head of the KFF Industry – the largest Polish industry event, dedicated to documentary, animated and short films.

    Patrycja Czarny will also act as the Vice-President. She graduated from film studies and post-graduated from Public Relations at the Faculty of Management and Social Communication at the Jagiellonian University. She has been associated with the Krakow Film Foundation since 2004, where she acts as the assistant director of the programme office. She runs the Distribution and Event Organisation Department at the Krakow Film Foundation. 

    Olga Lany also joined the Foundation’s team as the executive director. She is a culture manager with extensive experience in the field of event organisation, marketing and promotion. As the production manager, she implemented festivals, concerts, performances in Poland and abroad and led teams promoting and organising events at cultural institutions.


    The 61st Krakow Film Festival will take place from May 30th to June 6th, 2021.

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    Last modified on 07-04-2021