The European film festival buzz has started rolling again, and the FilmFestival Cottbus (FFC) is of course back in the game. Programme director Bernd Buder will join the 10th Kozzi Film and Theatre Festival from 15th to 19th of September, which is taking place for the seventh time this year in Cottbus' Polish twin city Zielona Góra.

The FFC traditionally presents the winning films of last year's feature film competition at the Kozzi Film Festival, this year it is KONFERENTSIYA | CONFERENCE by Ivan I. Tverdovskiy and JAK NAJDALEJ STĄD | I NEVER CRY by Piotr Domalewski. Also, Bernd Buder will be part of the jury again. A total of five prizes will be awarded, among them a prize for the Best Polish Feature Film and a prize for the Best Action Film.

The FFC has been a partner of the Kozzi Festival since 2012. At that time, the event took place in Kargowa, the birthplace of popular crime actor and festival namesake Maciej "Kozzi" Kozłowski. Supported by the Foundation for German-Polish Cooperation, a selection of current German films will also be shown in Zielona Góra as part of the festival partnership under the title "Cinema on the Border".

The Kozzi Film Festival will take place from 15 to 19 September 2021. In addition to current films, there will be insights into the work of Polish renowned actors Maciej "Kozzi" Kozłowski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Piotr Machalica and Zygmunt Malanowicz, who starred in Roman Polański's cult film NÓŻ W WODZIE [KNIFE IN THE WATER]. Special sections will discuss spiritual and legal aspects of contemporary films - the priest Andrzej Draguła is once again curating the series "The Faith of 'Happy People'", and in the series 'Kozzi Gangsta Films' experts from the Zielona Góra law society - a judge, a prosecutor and a lawyer - are invited to comment on the films presented in an interdisciplinary way. Jan Holoubek's 25 YEARS OF INNOCENCE, which tells the authentic story of a man wrongly sentenced to 25 years in prison, will also be screened here. The film will also be shown at the FFC in November.

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