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Director Marcin Wrona, Whose Film ‘Demon’ Premiered at TIFF, Found Dead In His Hotel Room

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Director Marcin Wrona, Whose Film ‘Demon’ Premiered at TIFF, Found Dead In His Hotel Room

Sad news coming out of Deadline today. Just a week after Marcin Wrona’s Polish horror film Demon debuted at the Toronto Film Festival, the burgeoning new writer/director was found dead in his hotel room in Poland Friday night.

Demon, Wrona’s third film, is described as:

“An unconventional approach to Poland coming to terms with the Holocaust. The thriller hinges on a dybbuk, the spirit of a dead person who according to Jewish mythology haunts the living.”

Demon made its World Premiere in the World Cinema competition at the Toronto Film Festival last week, and was preparing for a Polish premiere at the Gdynia Film Festival. Demon was also going to premiere at the 2015 Fantastic Fest in Austin with a theatrical release in Poland this October.

Deadline listed some credits to Wrona’s previous works and how he started:

Wrona’s short student film Magnet Man won Best Student Film Award at the Tribeca Film Festival 2002. His first feature was 2009’s My Flesh My Blood (Tamagotchi), which premiered at the 2009 Rome Film Festival. It won the Journalist’s Award and The Best Script Award at the Polish Debuts Film Festival 2009 and the Grand Prix of the Polish Edition Hartley-Merrill Award in 2007 and the Third Prize of Hartley-Merrill International Screenwriting Award in 2007 Cannes. His second film was 2010’s The Christening. It won several fest awards that included The Silver Lion for the best film, the Best Actor Award and award for the Best Editing at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia in 2010. He also directed such TV dramas as The Morality of Mrs. Dulska.

There is still no word on the cause of death.

GeekNation offers its thoughts and condolences to Marcin Wrona’s family and friends.