Makers of artistic films struggle for funds

Joanna Kos-Krauze tells New Age

Karoby Shihab | Published: 00:00, Jan 14,2020


Joanna Kos-Krauze

Polish filmmaker Joanna Kos-Krauze is visiting Dhaka to attend the on-going 18th Dhaka International Film Festival. She also participated in 6th Dhaka International Conference on Women in Cinema, which was held as part of DIFF, at Samson H Chowdhury Centre of Dhaka Club on Sunday and Monday.

The filmmaker talked about her celluloid journey and shared her experience of visiting Bangladesh for the very first time in an interview with New Age.

‘It is a challenge to make artistic films, which I make, because people show little or no interest to fund such films as they are not like regular box office hit films,’ said Joanna Kos-Krauze.

The filmmaker was born on December 8, 1972 in Olsztyn, Poland. She has obtained her graduation degree in Polish and Hebrew Studies.

At first she worked with filmmaker Jarosław Zamojda as an associate director and later as an assistant in Lidia Amejko directed television drama ‘Farrago’.

Joanna Kos-Krauze worked as a co-director together with late filmmaker Krzysztof Krauze, whom she later married. In 1996, they made ‘Street Games’, a thriller that depicts the influence of socialist Poland’s secret service.

‘I don’t remember exactly how I got involved in the film industry. But things changed very quickly for me after I started my journey. I won a number of competitions in Poland and held some important posts as well. It seems like a miracle,’ said Joanna Kos-Krauze.

She has made eight films till date and won over two hundred Polish and international awards. Her film ‘Papusza’ was screened in 18th Dhaka International Film Festival on Sunday at the Main Auditorium of Bangladesh National Museum.

‘Papusza’ was jointly directed by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze. In the film they broke the ‘three-act composition’ and ‘the classic film rhythm’. It is a biopic that portrays the story about the rise and fall of Bronisława Wajs, who was a Polish-Romani classic poet and singer. Bronisława  was known as poet Papusza.

When asked to share her experience of visiting Bangladesh, Joanna replied, ‘I am really happy to be here. The people are friendly and full of energy. I would love to visit the country again in the future.’

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