Polish National Film Festival Unveils Competition Lineup

Lukasz Niewiadornski
"Baby Blues"

The strong field of 15 national features at Gydnia in early September includes "Baby Blues," "In the Name Of" and "Traffic Department."

MOSCOW – The 38th edition of the Gydnia film festival, Poland's annual national movie showcase, has selected 15 features for the main competition, Golden Lions.

The early September festival, held in a Baltic sea resort not far from Gdansk -- the industrial port where the anticommunist Solidarity movement was born in the 1980s -- showcases the best in Polish feature, documentary, animation and shorts of the past year.

This year's competition lineup includes films that have already made a splash on the international festival circuit, including Kasia Roslaniec's Baby Blues, Wojciech Smarzowski's Traffic Department and Malgoska Szumowska's In the Name Of.

Veteran Polish director Andrzej Wajda's biopic of Solidarity founder Lech Walesa, Walesa: Man of Hope is not included in the lineup. Last week it was announced that the film would get its world premiere out of competition in Venice.

Other films in competition are: One Way Ticket to the Moon (dir. Jacek Bromski); Life Feels Good (Maciej Pieprzyca); The Girl From the Wardrobe (Bodo Kox);Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski); Imagine (Andrzej Jakimowski); Loving (Slawomir Fabicki); Lasting (Jacek Borcuch); Last Floor (Tadeusz Krol); Papusza, (Joanna Kos-Krauze, Krzysztof Krauze); Floating Skyscrapers (Tomasz Wasilewski); Field of Dogs (Lech Majewski); and The Closed Circuit (Ryszard Bugajski).

Russian film Celestial Wives of the Meadow Man, directed by Alexey Fedorchenko, won the main international competition of the 13th edition of Wroclaw's New Horizons film festival, which closed Sunday. In other prizes, coming-out drama Floating Skycrapers took the audience award. The closing film was In the Name Of, which also deals with homosexuality in the Catholic Church.

The festival focuses on art house fare and is Poland's biggest, drawing more than 130,000 filmgoers.

The 38th edition of the Gydnia Film Festival runs Sept. 9-14.