Święto zmarłych (All Souls' Day) by Aleksandra Terpińska will screen in Main Competition at the 35th International Short Film Festival in Clermont-Ferrand. The festival runs from February 1 through February 9, 2013.
The lineup of one of the world's top events for short films has been announced. The Clermont-Ferrand International Competition features 79 films, including one Polish production. Święto zmarłych (All Souls' Day) by Aleksandra Terpińska was produced at the Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and Television Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The film previously screened at various film events, including the 60th San Sebastián International Film Festival, the 37th Gdynia Film Festival, the 20th Plus Camerimage International Film Festival, and the "Young and Cinema" Koszalin Festival of Film Debuts.
Święto zmarłych (All Souls' Day) tells the story of Lena, who celebrates her 18th birthday on November 1 and decides to get back in touch with her family on this day. In an interview for the Polish Film Institute when the film was screening in San Sebastian, Aleksandra Terpińska said: "This is most of all a story about searching for family and about how family is not necessarily a mother and father. We can't always decide how our lives will develop, which is why it is important to keep your eyes and your heart open to what fortune brings us, instead of becoming frustrated with the fact that the world isn't living up to our expectations. In this sense, the main character has to grow up and reevaluate her world. Which certainly won't be easy for her."
In recent editions of the Clermont-Ferrand film festival, Polish films have received several awards. In 2011, the Grand Prize in Main Competition went to the documentary Kawałek lata (A Piece of Summer) by Marta Minorowicz. At the 2012 edition of the festival, the film Opowieści z chłodni (Frozen Stories) by Grzegorz Jaroszuk received Special Mention of the Young Jury. Frozen Stories was voted best film of the festival among the 77 International Competition entries by a jury consisting of five young (aged between 18 and 26) fans of short films.
Further details about the 35th Clermont-Ferrand International Film Festival available at: www.clermont-filmfest.com.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun