The autors of a documentary awarded in Cannes and Chicago started working on a new film

Mateusz Kudla and Lukasz Kazek started working on a new film
Mateusz Kudla and Lukasz Kazek started working on a new film

The shooting of the new film with Lukasz Kazek, a journalist and popularizer of history, known from movies such as “Depositary” (produced by TVN) or “The Nazi Gold Train” (produced by Discovery), has just started. The first three filming days took place in Budapest.

– We would like to make extraordinary dreams of ordinary people of different nationalities come true – says Lukasz Kazek.

Kazek finds hiding places cached 70 years ago by the former inhabitants expelled from the Owl Mountains in Poland just after. He finds the owners, learns about their past and gives the photographs, books and (other)memories back.

– One of many caches Lukas found are lover’s letters written by couples separated by the war. After many years we are going to give them back – says the director Mateusz Kudla.

In Budapest Lukasz Kazek met an inmate of the concentration camp in Dörnhau, who told him about 46 sketches depicting dramatic scenes from lives of other inmates.

The film is being directed by Mateusz Kudla, a co-author of ”Polanski, Horowitz. The Wizards from the Ghetto” (with Roman Polanski and Ryszard Horowitz, premiere in 2019).

Kazek ans Kudla will be shooting in Walim (Lower Silesia), Germany and Austria as well.

The previous films made by Lukasz Kazek and Mateusz Kudla were widely successful. “The Photo Film People” (TVN, 2017) won the Golden Dolphin at the Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards and the Gold Plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival. “The Depositary” (TVN, 2014) won the award for editing at the Southampton International Film Festival.

Borys Wochna, DagMesko, Movie Gate, Sowia Grapa, Gmina Walim, Walim Adits and Grodno Castle take patronage over the documentary.

The executive producer of the movie is KRK FILM.

Ryszard Horowitz inducted to the International Photography Hall of Fame

(Robert Słuszniak / KRK FILM)
Ryszard Horowitz (Robert Słuszniak / KRK FILM)

ST. LOUIS, November 18, 2017 — Ryszard Horowitz was inducted to the International Photography Hall of Fame. Photographer was recognized for his contribution to the photography industry as the pioneer in multi-image special effects photography that predates digital imaging.

The IPHF annually awards and inducts notable photographers or photography industry visionaries for their artistry, innovation, and significant contributions to the art and science of photography. Ryszard Horowitz joined 79 other artists and innovators, including: Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Steve Jobs.

Ryszard Horowitz is starring in KRK FILM’s latest documentary about his early life in Poland during World War II.

Roman Polanski on Holocaust. Movie about Oscar-winning director has started shooting

Ryszard Horowitz i Roman Polański w Polsce, fot. Robert Słuszniak / KRK FILM
(Robert Słuszniak / KRK FILM)

CRACOW, October 16, 2017 – French-Polish director Roman Polanski flew to Cracow (Poland) to shoot a documentary film about his childhood and youth. The Oscar-winning filmmaker is accompanied by his longtime friend, world-renowned photographer, Ryszard Horowitz. Over the past half-century, Horowitz has been residing and working in New York City.

”Since I left for the US, we’ve never been back together in Cracow with Roman.” – said Ryszard Horowitz on the first day on set and pointed out that almost 60 years have passed since that day.

Friends went together to Podgorze district, where during the World War II Nazis established a Jewish ghetto. This is where nine-year-old Roman met three-year-old Ryszard.

”The greatest suffering was having to live without my parents. First, they took my mother from the ghetto, then my father.” – said deeply moved Roman Polanski, when walking the streets of Podgorze.

The 84-year-old director went back to a small village near Cracow, where he was hiding from the Nazis after escaping the ghetto. Ryszard Horowitz revisited the flat, where he developed his first photographs. 78 years old Horowitz is one of the youngest survivors of the Holocaust and his story was told by Steven Spielberg in his Oscar-winning movie ”Schindler’s List”.

”For us, this film is a great responsibility. The characters entrusted us with their incredibly personal memories. They have so many stories to tell, sometimes it’s really hard for us to keep up.” – says the producer of the film, Anna Kokoszka-Romer.

”Despite the difficult experiences that shaped them, they both have a great sense of humor and that really affected the crew.” – says the director, Mateusz Kudla, as he recollects one of the evenings they had spent in Cracow, when Roman Polanski and Ryszard Horowitz, while waiting for their meal in front of a food truck, entertained everyone in the line.

It is Roman Polanski’s first visit to Poland since the Poland’s Supreme Court has rejected the request by the Polish minister of justice to have him extradited to the United States.

”I am very glad, that thanks to Supreme Court’s final ruling, Roman Polanski was able to come to Poland and be a part of such a personal project.” – says Jan Olszewski, Polanski’s lawyer.

The producer of the film, Anna Kokoszka-Romer, is a longtime news journalist, currently working at the biggest Polish TV broadcasters, TVN. The film is directed by Mateusz Kudla, the winner of multiple international film festivals, including this year’s Cannes Corporate Media & TV Awards. The executive producer is KRK FILM.