The Kinopolska Festival screened a specially restored version of Andrzej Wajda’s 1960 film “Niewinni Czarodzieje” / “Innocent Sorcerers” and the whole production team – which included Jerzy Skolimowski and Roman Polański – attended the December 6th showin
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The Kinopolska Festival screened a specially restored version of Andrzej Wajda’s 1960 film “Niewinni Czarodzieje” / “Innocent Sorcerers” and the whole production team – which included Jerzy Skolimowski and Roman Polański – attended the December 6th showing
The film, screened at L’Arlequin Cinema in Paris, was attended by Andrzej Wajda, the director, as well as co-writer Jerzy Skolimowski and Roman Polański who had a cameo appearance in the film.
Just before the film screening, Jerzy Skolimowski told audiences about the inspiration for the screenplay, which he wrote together with writer Jerzy Andrzejewski. Skolimowski said that Wajda, after a preliminary reading of the screenplay, was highly critical of their work, calling it “unrealistic. Skolimowski added: “Wajda actually asked me to rewrite the script alone. But, I explained to him that young people do actually play jazz, box, ride Labretta scooters and have such lovely blonde hair.” The Pole stated that the main character of the film, a sports doctor and jazz fan, played by Tadeusz Łomnicki, was able to bring all of those worlds together and he was excited to show today’s audiences the film.
During the Kinopolska Festival’s opening gala, Roman Polański picked up a Polish film award, a Platinum Lion, for lifetime achievement. The Polish Film Association president Jacek Bromski bestowed the award as Polański was not able to attend the ceremony held in Gdańsk, northern Poland, in June because, due to political reasons related to a US extradition request, the Pole resides in France and may face arrest should he cross the border.
Additionally, director Jerzy Skolimowski received a Frédéric Mitterrand Officer’s Cross for the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture. French film director Serge Toubian received an Officers Cross for serving the Polish Republic from the Polish Ambassador to France, Tomasz Orłowski.
The fourth edition of the Kinopolska Festival celebrated Polish cinema with 60 films presented over the course of one week. Additionally, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute presented three films from its special “Guide to the Poles” series – a documentary film series created for the occasion of Poland’s 2011 EU Presidency that shows foreigners aspects of life in the country.
One of the festival’s organizers, Mathieu Lericq, stated that he is happy with the increasing turnout at the festival every year, “at this point, we have Poles living in France attending, but also French people and many people from around the world, as well as Erasmus students here in Paris.”
Kinopolska is organized by the Polish Institute in Paris. After the Parisian edition, the festival travels around France to Strasbourg, Reims, Toulouse, Lyon, Montpellier, Clermont-Ferrand, Orleans and Lille.
Source: Polish Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, PAP