Polish director Marcin Wrona was found dead in his hotel room on Friday night, while attending the Gdynia Film Festival in the Baltic city of Gdynia for the Polish premiere of his latest movie Demon. He was 42.
“Demon” made its world premiere last week at the Toronto International Film Festival,
A police spokesman in Gdynia, Michal Rusak, said police found the body of a 42-year-old man, whom he did not identify, at a hotel in Gdynia. The police were notified by the victim’s wife at 5.30 a.m. local time.
The organizers of the 40th Gdynia Film Festival released a statement, “On Friday night, suddenly died Marcin Wrona, the director of “Demon”, screened in the Main Competition at 40th Gdynia Film Festival. As the organizers of the Festival and at the same time friends of Marcin, we are deeply shocked and saddened by this information. We would like to express our sincere condolences to the Wife of the director and all the people who were close to Him. At the same time we would like to inform that the Awards Ceremony planned for today will be held in a shortened form and with full respect to the memory of Marcin.”
The organizers of the Toronto International also released a statement, that said,“We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news of the sudden death of Marcin Wrona. His filmDemon truly marked the emergence of a strong new voice on the world cinema stage. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family, especially his wife and producing partner, Olga Szymanska, who was with him at the premiere in Toronto.”
Demon directed by Marcin Wrona, is described by the Toronto International Film Festival as “A clever take on one of the most famous figures of Jewish folklore — the dybbuk, a spirit of a person not properly laid to rest that seeks to inhabit the body of a living person — Wrona’s latest sets a creepy tale of possession squarely in the middle of a night of wild revelry.
Peter (Israeli actor Itay Tiran, previously seen at the Festival in Lebanon) has just arrived from England to marry his beautiful fiancée, Zaneta (Agnieszka Zulewska), at her family’s country house in rural Poland. The old homestead is a gift from his future father-in-law, and Peter is excited to renovate it into a home for his new family. While inspecting the grounds on the eve of his nuptials, Peter finds skeletal human remains buried on the property. Haunted by his discovery, Peter slowly starts to unravel while the joyous and drunken traditional Polish wedding goes on around him; and soon, he is overcome by what seem to be epileptic fits, panicking his bride and scandalizing his father-in-law.
As the night wears on, it becomes apparent that there is an uninvited guest at the wedding, that she is lonely — and that she is very, very dead.”