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  • ORUNIA 4EVER

    XIV edition

    ORUNIA 4EVER

    In the summer of 1989 in Orunia, the poorest and most dangerous district of Gdansk (where even People’s Militia officers are scared to walk), a poor, young boy – Sebastian (20) –  dreams of a better life full of fame, money and beautiful women. All right… Sebastian dreams about only one girl – Yagoda (20) – the local postwoman and a talented dancer. The bleak communist reality doesn’t make it any easier for him to fulfil his  dreams. The fact that Sebastian is unemployed is unacceptable for his tough grandfather – Vincent (65), a retired shipyard worker and oppositionist.

    Sebastian’s best friend – Boguslav (23), who sells pirate tapes at the local market, gives him a special gift for his birthday – a TV antenna. Sebastian is impressed. However, his joy is quickly killed by the fact that the antenna doesn’t work. This is too much for Sebastian, who has the birthday blues. To calm his nerves, Sebastian watches his favorite film. Next morning, it turns out that Boguslav accidentally gave him a TV transmitter… The great work of West German pornographic industry about the dirty shepherdess was watched not only by Sebastian, but by the whole neighborhood. Boguslav persuades his friend to set up a pirate television that will change the world and earn them a lot of money. Despite his initial resistance, Sebastian agrees, wanting to prove to his grandfather that he can become someone else than just another unhappy shipyard worker.

    Their TV station, ORUNIA 4EVER, turns out to be a great success, which exposes their friendship to the test and forces Sebastian to answer the question whether the fame and the money are indeed synonyms of happiness.

    Poland

    Elżbieta Benkowska

    Born in the year of the dragon proud inhabitant of Orunia, daughter of a shipyard worker and an accountant, sister of a mathematician, granddaughter of three Kashubians and a citizen of the Free City of Danzig, who decided to become a film director. She is a graduate of Gdynia Film School and Wajda School and is writing a doctoral dissertation at the University of Gdansk about the folklore of Polish and Serbian football fans. For her short diploma film “Olena” she received a number of awards, including a Palme d’Or nomination in the short film category at the 66th Cannes Film Festival as the first Polish short fiction in history. She went on to direct the first part of the film triptych “The New Wolrd” produced by Akson Studio, premiered at 40th World Film Festival in Montreal and awarded i.a. at 9th Off Camera Independent Film Festival in Cracov.

    Currently, she is working on the script for her feature-length debut “Orunia 4ever”, for which she already received a Special Prize in The ScriptPro 2019 Contest.

    Udayan Prasad

    “ScripTeast is the programme all the advisors wish they could have attended at the start of their careers. It would have saved all that stumbling around in the dark looking for the key that stimulates the imagination so much more effectively.”

    BAFTA nominated, director of “My Son the Fanatic”, “The Yellow Hankerchief” and ”Opa!”, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, UK

    Tom Abrams

    “ScripTeast’s top-notch team of professional advisors, each year’s talented group of participants, and venues in Poland, Germany and France continue to make it the very best development workshop in the world today.”

    ScripTeast Head of Studies, Associate Professor – Screenwriting and Production at School of Cinematic Arts, USC, screenwriter and director, author of the script for the Oscar-nominated film “Shoeshine”, USA

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    “ScripTeast is a fascinating mix of cultures, political ideas, and voices. I learned a lot, and I think the participants learned a lot more. If only they served vodka!”

    Golden Globe awarded author of “The People vs. Larry Flynt” and “Ed Wood” with two Oscars, 5th edition ScripTeast creative advisor, USA