Country Focus - Poland

In 2019, the Country Focus was Poland in recognition of the country’s rich tradition of great filmmakers.  The festival selected films from emerging Polish filmmakers including: Mug (Twarz) by award-winning Director, Malgorzata Szumowska; Werewolf directed by Adrian Panek; the critically-acclaimed film, Coach’s Daughter by second-time director, Lukasz Grzegorzek and Suicide Room, Jan Komasa’s first feature film as director.  

Jan and Lukasz came to Cheltenham, held long Q&As and mixed with Festival audiences.


Jan Komasa, 2020 Oscar Nominated Director

Jan Komasa was a welcome addition to the Festival, taking audience Q&A after the screening of Suicide Room and spending several days in the town meeting audiences and filmmakers.


Lukasz Grzegorzek, Polish Film Director and Writer

The Festival chose to screen Coach’s Daughter, the second feature of Polish filmmaker, Lukasz Grzegorzek.  The organisers cited the film as an excellent example of the thoughtful  films coming out of Poland at this time.  Lukasz joined Jan Komasa in taking part in audience Q&As.

TESTIMONIAL “It was a huge pleasure to be part of your Festival… I wish your festival will remain for years to come in such a prestigious place like Cheltenham. Hope to be able to visit you sometime in the future again”. Jan Komasa (Oscar Nominated Film Director)