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Polish Film Festival sets dates

The inaugural Wellington Polish Film Festival (WPFF) will run at the Paramount from late next month.

Internationally, Polish film has received a strong boost from the success of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida (pictured, top), which premiered at Telluride in 2013 and – 18 months later – collected the BAFTA and Oscar awards for foreign language film.

The WPFF programme, to be announced soon, will include a tribute to Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski, best-known international for the Three Colours trilogy, his last features before his death in 1996.

“We have some great films coming, some not seen here yet,” Festival Director Wanda Lepionka said. “We can’t wait to share this with film festival audiences in New Zealand.”

Lepionka is of Polish descent, and co-owns CraftInc. Films, which has produced David Strong’s award-winning shorts Pacific Dreams and The Last Night.

The festival is presented with the support of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Wellington City Council, Crowe Horwath, the Polish Film Institute and Lodz Film School. The Wellington Polish Film Festival will run 30 September – 9 October at the Paramount, Wellington.

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