Warsaw International Film Festival Announces Lineup

Courtesy of Sundance International Film Festival
"The Strongest Man"

'The Strongest Man' by US director Kenny Riches is to compete in the 1-2 Section.

The 31st annual Warsaw International Film Festival, which is to be held in the Polish capital from Oct. 9-18, has announced its lineup.

Among the highlights of the festival's main competitive section, the International Competition, are the Mexican film Un monstruo de mil cabezas (A Monster With a Thousand Heads) by Rodrigo Pla; the UK/Palestine/Qatar/UAE co-production Tayr El Tayer (The Idol), directed by Hany Abu-Assad; Chant d'hiver (Winter Song) by Georgian/French veteran director Otar Iosseliani, and Demon, the last film by Polish director Marcin Wrona, who died several days ago.

Wrona's body was discovered in a in a Gdynia hotel just days after Demon premiered at the Toronto international film festival, and, according to Polish reports, was likely to be a suicide.

The 1-2 Competition for directors' first and second features is to feature 16 titles, including The Strongest Man by US director Kenny Riches; the Colombian movie Malos Dias (Bad Days) by Andres Beltran and the Australia/Philippines co-production Beast, directed by Tom McKeith and Sam McKeith.

The festival's other sections are the Free Spirit Competition "for independent, innovative, rebellious feature films from all over the world," the documentary competition and short film competition.

Men and Chicken by Anders Thomas Jensen is to be screened as the opening night film, and Alex van Warmerdam's Schneider vs. Bax will be the festival's closing night movie.