Polish Film Festival Los Angeles will launch on April 26

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The Polish American Film Society has announced that the eighth annual Polish Film Festival Los Angeles will be held under the auspices of the First Lady of the Republic of Poland, Madam Maria Kaczynska. The First Lady will be attending the festival to celebrate the achievement of Polish filmmakers from April 26 – May 3, 2007.

On April 26, 2007 the Polish Film Festival Los Angeles will launch its eighth annual, week-long event with an Opening Night Gala at the prestigious Directors Guild of America. We are thrilled to announce that acclaimed director David Lynch will join us at the 2007 Opening Night Gala where we will screen his latest feature film, Inland Empire.
The Ambassador of Poland to the United States, Mr. Janusz Reiter, will present Mr. Lynch with the Amicus Poloniae (“Friend of Poland”) award.

The Festival’s jury of Hollywood filmmakers (France Nuyen, Robert Koehler, Stephen Lighthill, Michael Phillips and Scott Wilson) will present the Hollywood Eagle Award to the best film of the Festival, chosen from: I Am (Jestem) by Dorota Kedzierzawska, Palimpsest by Konrad Niewolski, Retrieval (Z odzysku) by Slawomir Fabicki, What The Sun Has Seen (Co slonko widzialo) by Michal Rosa, We’re All Christs (Wszyscy jestesmy Chrystusami) by Marek Koterski, and Who Never Lived… (Kto nigdy nie zyl…) by Andrzej Seweryn.

From April 27 to May 3 festival will screen 24 features, 6 documentaries, 6 short films and 2 short animations at the Laemmle’s Sunset 5 in West Hollywood. Among others, festival will have the West Coast premiere of Karol. The Pope, the Man (in English) by Giacomo Battiato with Piotr Adamczyk as John Paul II; the World premiere of Reverend Father Tischner and His Highlanders’ Philosophy (Jegomosc Tischner i jego filozofia po goralsku) by Artur Wiecek “Baron” and the American premiere of the Polish-Chinese co-production The Lovers of the Year of the Tiger (Kochankowie Roku Tygrysa) by Jacek Bromski.

Guests expected from Poland: Piotr Adamczyk, Jacek Bromski, Karolina Gruszka, Edyta Jungowska, Marek Koterski, Kinga Preis, Anna Romantowska, Michal Rosa, Andrzej Seweryn, Borys Szyc and Artur Wiecek “Baron”.

The Polish American Film Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting a higher level of understanding of Polish culture through film. We are proud to showcase the outstanding achievements of Polish cinema right in the heart of Hollywood.

Each year, the Polish Film Festival of Los Angeles screens the finest selection of contemporary Polish cinema including full-length features, documentaries, animations, and shorts. Festival provides an exciting venue for Polish filmmakers and actors to share their talents with an American audience. The Festival’s jurors and special guests bring together some of Poland and Hollywood’s finest talent. Festival’s honorary committee includes notable Academy Award winners such as Zbigniew Rybczynski (animator and director, Tango), Janusz Kaminski (cinematographer, Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List), and Jan A.P. Kaczmarek (composer, Finding Neverland).

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