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Roman Polański and Ryszard Horowitz in "Polański, Horowitz. Hometown" dir.ected by Mateusza Kudła, Anna Kokoszka-Romer
Roman Polański and Ryszard Horowitz in “Polański, Horowitz. Hometown” dir.ected by Mateusza Kudła, Anna Kokoszka-Romer

The international premiere of the film “Polański, Horowitz. Hometown” by Mateusz Kudła and Anna Kokoszka-Romer will open the 61st Krakow Film Festival on May 30th. The film featuring director Roman Polański and his friend, world-famous photographer Ryszard Horowitz is described as a colorful story about childhoods, friendship, the common Jewish fate of the protagonists and about Krakow. Polański, Horowitz. Hometown will be presented in the Polish competition of this year’s Festival.

“For the opening of the festival, we try and select spectacular films, as well as such which constitute a kind of common denominator for the festival program. In the film “Polański, Horowitz. Hometown” there are many threads that are particularly dear to us — emotions, humor, nostalgia and Krakow as the witness of the events, but also as the setting of the film,” explains Krzysztof Gierat, the director of the Krakow Film Festival.

After several dozen years, the two men finally manage to meet in their home city. They wander around Krakow following the footsteps of their wartime experiences. They wander the streets of Kazimierz and the former ghetto, visit the homes where they spent their boyhood, remember those who are no longer there, but also those who survived the Holocaust.

They visit familiar places, sharing their most personal childhood and youth memories that shaped future artists. Their return to Krakow evokes in them the feelings for which they were not prepared. They also return to the traumatic moments from their childhood, reveals Anna Kokoszka-Romer, producer and director of the film.

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