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    XII edition

    Krzysztof Kieślowski ScripTeast Special Mention 2018


    Warsaw, December 13, 1981: Overnight, a country turns into a prison. Taxis are replaced by tanks.

    Citizens are treated like criminals. A British professor finds himself lost like a rat in a maze. Trapped in a satellite town, GIDEON, tries to reach the British embassy and goes on an odyssey through a city that, subdued by martial law, seems bleaker than a nightmare. Who fights on which side, who can be trusted?

    When Gideon witnesses the killing of a student, MAREK, by an SB officer the professor himself becomes a target. Without any means of communication, Gideon is left to rely on his survival instinct and his intuition. A psychiatrist with heart and soul, Gideon adapts to the situation and confronts his darkest fear: losing control of his mind.

    Thrown together by the circumstances with ALINA, an idealistic student and HENRYK, a witty car mechanic, who is a member of the Solidarity, the professor enters a mission impossible: to outsmart the regime by using the only weapon he carries with him, a Polaroid camera. Smuggling out pictures that document Marek’s killing, Gideon becomes a target not only for the Polish, but also the British secret service – and turns into an agent for a cause that is not his own. Gideon follows in Marek’s footsteps who made the bet, that only imagination will kill communism. Finally, the professor also understands his schizophrenic patients: he is ready to see the world with their eyes.

    The Winter of the Crow“ is a dark, yet comical cold war thriller in a surreal and cinematic setting.

    Told for the greater part from the subjective point of view of an outsider to a society, that is traumatized by totalitarianism,


    Sandra Buchta

    After an M.A. in French and American Literature & Cultural History, she received a degree in Film Criticism at the University of Televisionand Film Munich. She worked as a film critic and literary scout for a publishing house.  In 2009, she moved into script development and started her own business as a story consultant (WORD BOOK FILM). Sandra took advanced trainings in screenwriting and dramaturgy at the London

    Script Factory and with script consultant Tom Schlesinger. As a story consultant, Sandra has worked closely with filmmakers on numerous shorts and feature films, such as LUCKY SEVEN (2011) by Claudia Heindel.

    Sandra has also collaborated on a wide range of documentaries and is fascinated by the unpredictable process of developing a story in this genre. Films include LOGIN2LIFE (2014) by Daniel Moshel, screened at FIPA/Biarritz and Zagrebdox and IN THE SHADOW OF THE COPACABANA (2014) by Denize Galiao, winner of the FFF talent award (Bavarian Film Fund).

    A red thread in all of Sandra’s work is her approach to developing stories in teams. As a lecturer in the documentary department of the Munich film school, she guides teams of writers/directors in their story development process. She has also designed an intercultural script development program, the Racconti Script Lab, for the Italian film fund IDM.


    Kasia Adamik

    Kasia Adamik was born in Warsaw in 1972 and raised in France where she emigrated with her mother Agnieszka Holland after the State of War was installed in Poland in 1981. She graduated from Bruxelles Art School and worked as a storyboard artist in Europe and the United States with such directors like Jonathan Demme, Luis Mandoki, Scott Hicks, Kathryn Bigelow, Anthony Minghella, Alfonso Cuaron or Baz Luhrmann.

    She also collaborated with Agnieszka Holland as a storyboard artist and then as a second unit director and co-director (the TV series PRIME MINISTER, JANOSIK: THE TRUE STORY, SPOOR)

    Her first film BARK was shown in Sundance in the main dramatic competition, where Kasia made it on to the “10 Directors to watch” list of the Variety magazine and “New Talent List” of The Hollywood Reporter. THE OFFSIDERS won the audience award at The Gdynia Film Festival and the price for Best Polish Film at the Camerimage Film Festival. AMOK opened in Polish theatres in March 2017.


    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

    Scott Alexander

    “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