Profile and history

GUTEK FILM was founded in 1994 to promote independent filmmakers and to distribute their films. The company has released so far more than 300 productions which attracted over 12 million admissions in Poland. GUTEK FILM introduced and released many films by such eminent film directors as Michael Haneke, Pedro Almodóvar, Lars von Trier, Mike Leigh, Jim Jarmusch, Derek Jarman, Park Chan-wook or Wong Kar-Wai.

Since 1994, GUTEK FILM has run Warsaw-based cinema Muranow. Apart from its consistent art house repertoir and regular film premieres, Muranow also hosts numerous festivals and retrospectives. In 2004, Muranow was named the best cinema within the most exclusive network of the European cinemas called EUROPA CINEMAS. Muranow has been a member of this network since 1994.

Many prominent filmmakers attended the film premieres organised by GUTEK FILM. Among such distinguished guests, GUTEK FILM had a pleasure to welcome the participation of Wim Wenders, Peter Greenaway, Michaelangelo Antonioni, Mira Sorvino, Liv Ullman, Paul Auster, Quay brothers, Sophie Marceau, Andrzej Zulawski, Lena Endre, Darren Aronofsky, Francois Ozon, Geraldine Chaplin, Gus van Sant, Otar Ioseliani, Lech Majewski and Petr Zelenka to name but a few.

Roman Gutek is the founder and co-owner of the company. In the 80s, he organised multiple film events promoting world cinema and directors that were almost unknown at that time in Poland. Not only did Roman Gutek form Warsaw Film Festival in 1985 and acted as its director until 1992 but he also became one of the founders of Film Art Foundation and its distribution director between 1990 and 1994. Moreover, between 1995 and 2000, Roman Gutek became a program director of SUMMER FILM FESTIVAL in Kazimierz Dolny. In 2001, he formed a film festival that in 2002 acquired a name of ERA NEW HORIZONS and was held in Cieszyn. Since 2006 this festival has moved to Wroclaw. Roman Gutek was granted the prestigious Paszport Polityki award in 2003 for his achievements towards promoting culture and cultural activities in Poland. This award is granted annually by one of the most influential weekly magazines in Poland.

Beata Machała started her work in Gutek Film in 1997. She created the department for selling art house films to tv stations in Poland. Since 1999 she has been the Chief Financial Officer of the company. Since 2010 she has been a co-shareholder and a member of Gutek Film Management Board. Beata Machała takes part in the selection of Gutek Film’s repertoir, is in charge of cooperation with polish tv stations and of providing them with the art house repertoir. She is the creator and co-organizer of many film reviews and festivals that take place in Muranów cinema in Warsaw. She co-organized International Film Festival New Horizons, in years 2001-2003 she was the CFO of the festival. In 2004 Beata Machała co-founded New Horizons Association and as the Head of Auditing Committee currently supervises the legitimacy of Association’s and Festival’s activities.

Jakub Duszyński – long-term Gutek Film’s Head of Acquisitions and President of Europa Distribution, the most important european organisation gathering and representing 110 leading european film distribution companies from 26 countries. Since 2010 he has been a co-shareholder and a member of Gutek Film Management Board.. In Gutek Film, since 1998 he has been shaping the company’s profile and repertoir. Since 2009 he has collaborated with Ale kino channel hosting the tv programme „Kino mówi” („Cinema speaks”). Jakub Duszyński is also a member of the jury for The European Parliament LUX Prize (since 2009), member of the The European Film Academy (EFA) and the Polish Film Institute (PISF) expert, assessing new film projects. He has conducted numerous international seminaries concerning film distribution during film festivals (Venice, San Sebastian, Lyon, Paris, Sofia). Since 2011 he has been a part of 3-person Program Committee of Gdynia Film Festival.