Warsaw Film Festival to Kick Off on October 12

The festival mainly showcases fare from Central and Eastern Europe.

MOSCOW – The 28thedition of the Warsaw International Film Festival is to kick off in the Polish capital on Oct. 12, traditionally focusing on fare from Central and Eastern Europe.

Eighteen features have been selected the festival’s main program, the international competition. Among its highlights are Mi?o?? (Loving) by Polish director S?awomir Fabicki, an intimate drama centered on marriage in crisis; the Romanian/French comedy Despre oameni ?i melci (Of Snails and of Men), directed by Tudor Giurgiu and focused on a collapsing car factory’s workers’ attempt to save their jobs back in the early 1990s; Ya Budy Ryadom (I’ll Stay Around) by Russian director Pavel Ruminov, a drama about a successful single mother who is unexpectedly diagnosed with a terminal illness and now wants to find new parents for her little son; and the Polish/UK/Portuguese/French co-production Imagine, directed by Andrzej Jakimowski and set at a well-known Lisbon eye clinic.

The festival’s other competitive sections are “1-2” for directors’ first and second feature films, “Free Spirit,” focused on “independent, innovative, rebellious films from all over the world,” and  the documentary and short film competitions.

The international jury is to announce the winners at the closing ceremony on Oct. 20.

Svatá ?tve?ice (The Holy Quaternity)by the Czech director Jan H?ebejk is to be screened as the festival’s closing night film.

The 8thedition of CentEast Market Warsaw is to run as part of the festival on Oct. 19-21. Among the films to be featured are Truba (Pipeline) by Russia’s Vitaly Mansky, Djeca jeseni (Children Of The Fall) by Croatia’s Goran Rukavina and Liza, a Rókatündér (Liza The Fox-Fairy) by Hungary’s Károly Ujj Mészáros.