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Essential Filmmaking: An Interview With Legendary Polish Director Jerzy Skolimowski

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Jerzy Skolimowski is a busy man these days. The Polish director's latest film Essential Killing made headlines this autumn when it won the Special Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival, and the film's lead, Vincent Gallo, took the prize for best actor. The film was released in Poland in October, and audiences have been filling cinemas to see what is admittedly a unique film in terms of story and style. In the following interview, Mr. Skolimowski discusses the origins of the film, the funding ...

Plus Camerimage 2010 Honorary Award to Jerzy Skolimowski

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JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI - LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD TO POLISH DIRECTOR WITH UNIQUE VISUAL SENSITIVITY 18th Edition of PLUS CAMERIMAGE Film Festival will commence on 27th November 2010. This year's Lifetime Achievement Award to Polish Director With Unique Visual Sensitivity will be presented to internationally acclaimed filmmaker Jerzy Skolimowski. The renown director, scriptwriter and producer will be a honorary guest of the Festival. The organizers will also present a retrospective review o...

Zurich Festival To Present a Special Roman Polanski Retrospective

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It was announced today that the Zurich Film Festival (ZFF) will present Oscar® winner Roman Polanski with the Festival’s prestigious Golden Eye Award for his life’s work as a film director. The announcement was made today by ZFF Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadja Schildknecht.Roman Polanski is regarded as one of the most unconventional filmmakers of our time and will receive the Golden Eye Award on Sunday, September 27th, as part of ZFF’s ongoing “A Tribute To...” series during the 5th ...

"Lou Reed's Berlin"

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Okay, so music videos are out, and concert films like "U2, 3-D", "Shine a Light", and "Lou Reed's Berlin", are in. There are actually a lot of pro's and con's to live concerts, the pro's being, 1. The cost. It is definitely a lot cheaper than paying "Ticketmaster" prices, 2. if it is shot in a documentary style, you may see and learn from new and old, never seen before footage and interviews, and 3. you don't have to worry about a tall person standing in f...

Lou Reed's Berlin directed by Julian Schnabel

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Okay, so music videos are out, and concert films like "U2, 3-D", "Shine a Light", and "Lou Reed's Berlin", are in. There are actually a lot of pro's and con's to live concerts, the pro's being, 1. The cost. It is definitely a lot cheaper than paying "Ticketmaster" prices, 2. if it is shot in a documentary style, you may see and learn from new and old, never seen before footage and interviews, and 3. you don't have to worry about a tall person standing in front of you. :) The only con I could thi...

Julian Schnabel Film Wins Sloan Award At Hamptons FF

 Thursday, October 18-------THE DIVIING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY, the latest film from painter-turned-director Julian Schnabel has won the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Feature Film Prize, which will be presented at the Hamptons International Film Festival this weekend. For the 8th consecutive year, the $25,000 cash prize is being awarded to a feature-length film that explores science and technology themes in fresh, innovative ways and depicts scientists and engineers in a realistic and compelling...

The Toronto Torrent

 Tuesday, September 4---------The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North...

The Toronto Torrent

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The Toronto International Film Festival doesn't officially open for another 48 hours, but already a hurricane of film talents, industryites, press and film buffs are descending onto the Ontario metropolis with a torrent that is almost audible. Coming in from Los Angeles, New York and the four corners of the globe, including the just concluded Montreal World Film Festival, and the still continuing Venice Film Festival......all eyes are on "the gateway to North America" as the frenzy, fun and fero...

It's Showtime at The Telluride Film Festival

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The 34th Telluride Film Festival celebrates the best in film, past, present and future, from all around the globe, the Festival kicks off another exciting weekend packed with tributes, features, documentaries, shorts, conversations and panel discussions. The Festival opens today Friday, August 31 and runs through Monday, September 3.The Festival will pay tribute to three film luminaries including Daniel Day-Lewis, who captivated filmgoers with his performances in ROOM WITH A VIEW, THE UNBEARABLE...

« Le Scaphandre et le Papillon » de Julian Schnabel

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Présenté en Compétition de cette 60e édition du Festival de Cannes, Le Scaphandre et le Papillon est le troisième long-métrage de Julian Schnabel, après Basquiat (1996) et Before Night Falls (2000). Il s’agit de l’adaptation du roman de Jean-Dominique Bauby, dont la vie a basculé en 1995 à la suite d’un accident vasculaire brutal. Ce journaliste, père de deux enfants, s’est retrouvé plongé dans un coma profond. Quand il en sortit, toutes ses fonctions motrices étaient dét...

"The Diving Bell and the Butterfly" by Julian Schnabel

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Presented in Competition at this 60th Cannes Festival, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly is Julian Schnabel's third feature-length film, following Basquiat (1996) and Before Night Falls (2000). The film is an adaptation of the book by Jean-Dominique Bauby, whose life changed completely in 1995 when he had a massive stroke. The 43-year-old journalist, father of two children, spent twenty days in a deep coma. When he woke up, he found the damage to his brain stem had resulted in a rare form of...

City of Lights, City of Angels will line up 20 premieres

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40 new films, including 20 features (all premieres) and 20 new shorts, will be shown at the 11th Annual City of Lights, City of Angels (COL•COA). Acclaimed Berlin Film Festival opening film, “La Vie En Rose,” writer-director Olivier Dahan’s masterful biopic of Edith Piaf, starring Marion Cotillard and Gérard Depardieu, will open the showcase on Monday, April 16, 2007. Picturehouse will release the film on June 8th in New York and Los Angeles. The U.S. Premiere of “Michou D’Auber”...

One City, Two Legends

Thursday, February 8----Two legends collided in one city tonight as the Berlin International Film Festival began this evening. For one night only, Edith Piaf waltzed with Marlene Dietrich on the steps of the Berlinale Palast, in the heart of the "new Berlin" Potsdamer Platz. Of course, the two, most deceased, were not dancing in the flesh. But when the music of Edith Piaf, as captured in the Berlinale Opening Night Film LA VIE EN ROSE, spilled onto the streets of Marlene Dietrich Platz, two l...

Berlin Film Festival Opens With A Musical Treat

Thursday, February 1-----The 57th Berlin International Film Festival opens with a musical treat….the world premiere of LA VIE EN ROSE, a sumptuous film from French director Olivier Dahan that chronicles the colorful and passionate life of French chanteuse Edith Piaf. The film and its stars will receive the full red carpet treatment at the Berlinale Palast on the evening of February 8th. Known as “the little sparrow”, Piaf has become a singer for the ages, a full-throated songbird who n...

Out of competition & Lot of prestige at Venice fest

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Films showing out of Competition at the forthcoming venice festival Auguest 31-September 10Marco Muller seems to have put all his strength and efforts to open a classical venice film feast with prestigious marquee value, red carpet and critics favourites. Jaume BALAGUERÒ Fragile Spain 100’Calista Flockhart, Richard Roxburgh, Elena AndyaEmmanuelle BERCOT Backstage France 115’Emmanuelle Seigner, Noémie Lvovsky, Isild Le BescoPeter Ho-sun CHAN Ru guo ai (Perhaps Love) China/Hong Kong Jacky Ch...

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