We at Vanguard are greatly saddened to hear the news that Marcin Wrona, director of Demon has passed away.
The Toronto International Film Festival issued the following statement regarding the passing of Polish director Marcin Wrona, including a quote from Vanguard Curator, Colin Geddes:
“We are all deeply shocked and saddened at the news of the sudden death of Marcin Wrona. His film DEMON truly marked the emergence of a strong new voice on the world cinema stage. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family, especially his wife and producing partner, Olga Szymanska, who was with him at the premiere in Toronto.”We have this from publicist Jim Dobson's announcement of Wrona's death.
The final screening of DEMON is scheduled to take place this evening at 9:15PM at Scotiabank Theatre during which time TIFF will take the opportunity to pay tribute to Mr. Wrona.
Marcin Wrona, the director of the Polish Horror film "Demon" which made its World Premiere in World Cinema competition at the Toronto Film Festival last week, was found dead in a hotel room in Poland on Friday night.
Wrona was preparing for the Polish premiere of the film at the Gdynia Film Festival. The film was also slated to premiere at the upcoming Fantastic Fest in Austin and the Sitges Film Festival, as well as theatrical release in Poland in October.
Wrona, who was born in the city of Tarnów in southern Poland in 1973, and was considered to be one of the brightest talents of his generation in the Polish film industry, His film Demon hinges on a dybbuk, the spirit of a dead person who according to Jewish mythology haunts the living. The film, Wrona's third, was an unconventional approach to Poland's coming to terms with the Holocaust.
The director had just returned to Poland following the film’s success as the Toronto Film Festival. His newlywed wife Olga Szymanska was also producer on the film "Demon." They had just signed with ICM Partners to sell the film and to break into the U.S. market with future films.
Polish police are currently investigating the death and no further information is available.