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One of the world's most important festivals dedicated to documentary films unveiled a part of the program. It also features film from our KFF Sales&Promotion catalogue. "The Hamlet Syndrome" by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski has been invited into IDFA's prestigious Best of Fests section.

The International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam is the largest and one of the most important documentary festivals in the world. It attracts over 280,000 attendees every year, including 3000 guests from the documentary industry while the films shown at IDFA often become festival favourites later. This year, IDFA will be held from 9 to 20 November.

Films shown in the Best of Fests section, which presents last year’s best documentaries, are have already earned the status of festival favourites. This exclusive group includes two productions from Poland. Guests at IDFA will get to see The Hamlet Syndrome by Elwira Niewiera and Piotr Rosołowski and Silent Love by Marek Kozakiewicz.

Represented by KFF Sales&Promotion agency film is set a few months prior to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine in 2022, five young women and men participate in a unique stage production that attempts to relate their war experiences to Shakespeare’s Hamlet. For each of them, the stage is a platform to express their grief and trauma through the famous question, “to be or not to be,” a dilemma that applies to their own lives. The protagonists fight against disappointment, powerlessness, and anger, trying to put their lives back in order while processing their painful past: SLAVIK, who went through a hell of war and captivity as a soldier, KATYA, who longs for her mother’s forgiveness for joining the army, RODION, who escaped from Donbas and is now facing growing homophobia, ROMAN, who is still struggling with the traumatic memories of his war experience as a paramedic on the battlefield, and Oxana who struggles on an artistic frontline as an actress. The rehearsals for the play are combined with an intense glimpse into the characters’ lives: a powerful portrait of a generation coping with the trauma of war which, after Russia’s invasion, is now their present and future alike.

A list of all titles qualified for the section can be found here.