Ekran 2018: Filmmaker Olga Chajdas Announced as the First Guest to Attend Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival

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Ekran 2018: Filmmaker Olga Chajdas Announced as the First Guest to Attend Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival

Ekran is excited to announce the first guest from Poland to attend Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival, award winning director Olga Chajdas is attending the screening of her first feature film NINA.

NINA won the “Golden Claw” in the Visions Apart contest at the 43rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.

It also won the “Big Screen Award” at the Rotterdam International Film Festival.

The film follows the marriage of 30-something year old’s Nina and Wojtek.  Their marriage seems to be falling apart, mainly because of their failed attempts to have a baby. When they meet a young woman, Magda, they decide to propose that she become a surrogate mother for their child. But things get more complicated when Nina suddenly feels attracted to Magda.

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Nina (2018)

Olga Chajdas & Ekran's Marta Pozniakowski at the 43rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia

Olga Chajdas & Ekran’s Marta Pozniakowski at the 43rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia

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Nina (2018)

Chajdas graduated from from the Lodz Film School in 2006 and completed a course in directing at Andrzej Wajda’s Film School in 2009. She has worked as an assistant director, a writer and as an independent director for TV, film and theater.

Her notable credits include working as the 2nd unit director on Kasia Adamik’s Amok & the 1st assistant director for Agnieszka Holland’s In Darkness.

The film touches on feminist and LGTBQ themes. A scene worth noting is when Nina and Magda find themselves within an art installation by Natalia Bażowska, entitled Birth Place” This specific scene represents a womb you can lie in and serves for the characters as their only shelter, where their love, freedom and identities are not bound by any conventions. (Source: IFFR.com)

NINA will be screened on Monday, November 5th at 915pm at the Isabel Bader Theatre (93 Charles St. W., Toronto).

A live forward of the film from Chajdas will open the film. 

Tickets for NINA are available to purchase through Guestlist.