Australian-Polish cooperation

Australian-Polish cooperation

Published on 17 May 2021, 14:22 PM

Annika Glac, Festival Ambassador, and Australian/Polish writer, director, producer, whose film Bunny screens at the Festival, says: I’m delighted to be the Ambassador of the Polish Film Festival and feel passionate about Polish cinema and the calibre of films that the Festival has curated over the last few years. The cinematic tradition of Polish cinema is world renowned, and to be able to introduce some of those films to the Australian audience is a real pleasure.”

Annika Glac is an accomplished classical pianist and theatre director who turned to the broader canvas of cinema after studying at the Victorian College of the Arts.

Her debut feature film Belladonna, an Australian-Polish co-production, which she wrote, directed, and co-produced, was filmed in the two countries she calls home. The film was released theatrically, sold throughout North America and Europe, and was selected for Shanghai Film Festival, Off Camera Film Festival and Indian International Film Festival in Goa.

Bunny, the award-winning second feature film that she wrote and directed, further explored her interest in the themes of the outcast and the rebel that run through much of her work. Kasia Mazurek and Tomasz Borkowski create fascinating characters in this film, which was made in Warsaw in the Polish language, and won a Jury Award at the Cannes Festival. The film is often compared to the films of Vincent Gallo Buffalo’66 or Three Colours – White by Krzysztof Kieslowski.

She received the Alfred P Sloan Award for her screenplay Radiant about Marie Curie, which she is scheduled to direct in late 2021. She is the writer/creator of Helena I am, a six-part series about Helena Rubinstein currently in development, and a supernatural thriller The mystery of Lenny Finch. Together with Marcus Struzina she has an Australian-based production company Glass Kingdom Films.

Australijsko-Polska współpraca

Gościem specjalnym Festiwalu jest Annika Glac z Melbourne, pianistka i reżyser filmowy, również Ambasador naszego Festiwalu.  Film Bunny w jej reżyserii jest częścią Festiwalu.

Annika mówi: „Jestem dumna z bycia Ambasadorem Festiwalu. Polski film to moja pasja. Polskie kino ma ogromne tradycje and uznanie na całym świecie, i pokazanie tych filmów Australijskiej publiczności to dla mnie prawdziwa przyjemność.”

Annika, urodzona w Polsce, studiowała w Victorian College of the Arts w Melbourne. Jest reżyserem i producentem sześciu sztuk teatralnych i krótkiego filmu The Kiss na podstawie obrazu Gustava Klimta. W 2009, Annika debiutowała filmem Belladonna jako reżyser i producent, który był wybrany do Shanghai Film Festiwal, Off Camera Film Festiwal i Indian International Film Festiwal w Goa. 

Bunny jest najnowszym filmem Anniki Glac. Kasia Mazurek and Tomasz Borkowski tworzą znakomita parę w tym niezwykłym filmie o miłości i szansach znalezienia swojego miejsca w życiu.

Film by kręcony na ulicach Warszawy, w języku polskim, zdobył Nagrodę Jurorów na Festiwalu w Cannes, grupa Cinephiles i jest często porównywany do filmu Vincenta Gallo Buffalo ‘66 i Kieslowskiego Trzy Kolory-Biały.