Country Focus - Poland

In 2019, the Country Focus was Poland in recognition of the country’s rich tradition of great filmmakers.  Four films from emerging filmmakers were chosen 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 by way of a tribute Suicide Room, Jan Komasa’s first feature film as director.

Jan Komasa came to Cheltenham, held a long Q&A and mixed with Festival audiences. Since the Festival, Komasa’s latest feature, Corpus Christi, has been nominated for the Oscars in 2020 in the category of Best International Film.


Jan Komasa, 2020 Oscar Nominated Director

In 2019, the Cheltenham International Film Festival paid tribute to Polish cinema, screening five Polish films. We were delighted to welcomed Polish filmmakers to Cheltenham, including the celebrated director, Jan Komasa, whose first film, Suicide Room is considered a class. More recently, Komasa’s latest film, Corpus Christi (2019) won raves in Venice and Toronto International Film and is nominated for an Oscar in 2020 in the category of Best International Film.


Lukasz Grzegorzek, Polish Film Director and Writer


As part of The Cheltenham International Film Festival country focus on Polish cinema, the festival Polish film director, screenwriter and producer, Jan Komasa joined the festival and screened one his award-winning films 'A coach's Daughter'. Lukasz then joined us for an audience Q&A where he spoke about the film.