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Warsaw International Film Festival Kicks Off Oct. 11

The 29th annual event will feature 15 films, including Zaza Urushadze's "Mandariinid (Tangerines)" and Pawel Pawlikowski's "Ida."

MOSCOW -- The 29th edition of the Warsaw International Film Festival will open in the Polish capital on Oct. 11.

Fifteen movies are competing in the main section -- the international competition -- for the best film prize, which comes with a $32,300 (100,000 Polish zloty) cash award. The section's highest-profile movies include the Estonian/Georgian co-production Mandariinid (Tangerines), directed by Zaza Urushadze, about the war between Georgia and its breakaway republic of Abkhazia back in 1992; Poland's Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, set in the 1960s, focusing on a novitiate nun; and Abus de faiblesse (Abuse of Weakness), a drama based on true events and directed by France's Catherine Breillat.

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Among the highlights of the festival's second competitive section, "1-2," which focuses on directors' first and second feature films, are Isteni Muszak (Heavenly Shift) by Hungarian first-time feature director Mark Bodzsar, a dark comedy about a Hungarian/Serbian deserter set during the Yugoslavian war of the early 1990s; the American film Love Hunter, directed by Yugoslavia-born Branislav "Brane" Bala and Nemanja Bala; and The Selfish Giant by UK's Clio Barnard, a contemporary fable about 13-year-old Arbor and his best friend, Swifty.

The festival's other sections include "Free Spirit," which consists of "independent, innovative, rebellious films from all over the world," the documentary and short film competitions and noncompetitive Discoveries and The World Today.

The winners will be announced at the closing ceremony Oct. 19. Still Life by Uberto Pasolini will be screened as the opening film and Roman Polanski's La Venus a la fourrure (Venus in Fur) will close the festival.

During the event, the ninth edition of CentEast Market Warsaw will feature recently completed films and works in progress by Eastern European directors.