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Kinoteka Polish Film Festival Opens in London

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  Fans of Polish cinema are in for a fortnight of fun, as the 10th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival opens on March 8th and runs through the 22nd at various venues in London, with some additional screenings taking place in Edinburgh and Belfast. The festival will showcase a wide variety of work by contemporary filmmakers in its New Polish Cinema programme, including features, animation and documentaries, as well as a selection of classics. The opening night gala will present Malgo...

European Film Awards 2011 the selection of titles

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European Film Awards 2011 THE SELECTION ALMANYA – WILLKOMMEN IN DEUTSCHLAND ALMANYA Germany/Turkey, 101 min. DIRECTED BY: Yasemin Samdereli              WRITTEN BY: Yasemin Samdereli & Nesrin Samdereli PRODUCED BY: Andreas Richter, Ursula Woerner & Annie Brunner AMÉRICA AMERICA Portugal/Spain/Brazil/Russia, 111 min. DIRECTED BY: João Nuno Pinto WRITTEN BY: João Nuno Pinto, Luisa Costa Gomes & Melanie Dimantas PRODUCED BY: Pandora Da Cun...

36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia announces awards

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Festival in Gdynia is primarily the showcase of Polish cinema - the best films of the year, the most influential filmmakers, vital topics. Modernity meets here in a dialogue with history: new generations of filmmakers are confronted with the masters, and new generations of critics reinterpret the classics of Polish cinema. In this year edition the Main Competition involved 12 titles of which the descriptions I am sending enclosed.The Jury of 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia that took place in...

Gdynia Film Festival Wraps for Another Year: “Essential Killing” Sweeps Top Prizes

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Here in Poland, the 2011 Gdynia Film Festival wrapped up on Saturday. Celebrating its 36th year, the festival showcases the best of Polish and eastern European cinema, featuring work by established and emerging film makers. “Essential Killing” received the Golden Lions first prize in this year's Main Competition. Directed by Jerzy Skolimowski, the film tells the story of a young suspected insurgent (played by Vincent Gallo) who is captured in Afghanistan. After being transported...

Claudia Cardinale arrives for the first time in Bulgaria as a guest of Sofia International Film Festival

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“I don’t like the system of celebrities. I am a normal human being. I like living in Europe. I visit Hollywood often, but I never wanted to sign a contract and work there for a long period of time,” states the world famous Italian actress. The legendary actress arrives in Sofia as a special guest of the 15th jubilee edition of the Sofia International Film Festival. A gala screening of Luchino Visconti’s film The Leopard will take place on the 11th of March in Hall 1 of ...

Hong Kong's Heard Music

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Hong Kong Film Festival is the 2nd festival visited by the 9th "Pacific Meridian" commission.Programme curator Natalya Timofeeva who was in Hong Kong for the first time shared with us her impressions.Hong Kong Film Festival is called the most important and influential film forum in the eastern hemisphere. Apparently, it's because several important events connected to cinematography take place in this megalopolis at the time of the festival. I want to draw your attention to some of them...

ESSENTIAL KILLING at CPHPIX

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ESSENTIAL KILLING (Poland, 2010) screens at Copenhagen International Film Festival In 'Essential Killing' (2010) actor Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a Taliban from Afghanistan on the run from American soldiers through the mountains of Poland after slaughtering three American soldiers to bits. While I would not say this film is bad nor good, I would definitely say that it is very worth the time as it is certainly a film not soon to be forgotten. Who would of thought Gall...

Krakow Off Plus Camera winners shared over 130 000€ cash award and 1M zlotys production fund

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The winner of the Kraków Film Award is South Korean director Park Jung-Bum. The award of 100.000$ was handed by Jerzy Skolimowski.     "I am here for the first time, but maybe it will sound as a threat - not the last time" - he said. Agnieszka Odorowicz, director of PISF, handed in an additional award - 1 million zloties (under the condition that the film will be made in Poland). She congratulated the organisers of the festival and stressed that Kraków hold...

Jerzy Skolimowski president of the Jury at Off Plus Camera

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World famous Polish filmmaker will be the president of the “Making Way” competition, with the prize of $100.000.Jerzy Skolimowski, the recent victor of the Polish Film Academy Awards the Eagles 2011 for “Essential Killing” is the president of the Jury in the Main Competition “Making Way” of the International Festival of Independent Cinema.“Since the beginnings of the Off Plus Camera film festival, our main goal was to make the president of the main Jury a Pole. Until now, the post ...

Krakow’s film celebration underway!

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Today is the beginning of the 4th edition of Poland’s biggest independent film festival – OFF PLUS CAMERA. The program includes multiple meetings with the stars of cinema, workshops, discussion panels, new sections and contests.  Many movie personalities accepted our invitation: one of the most famous Hindu actors – Amitabh Bachchan, versatile Polish artist Lech Majewski, Australian director and screenwriter Peter Weir, Richard Jenkins, actor with an impressive filmography, as well as th...

NEWSLETTER N° 504: April 9, 2011

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Lee Chang-dong and Jerzy Skolimowski Presidents of the juries at Critic's week

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  50th Semaine de la Critique: Since its creation in 1990, the Grand Prize for La Semaine de la Critique has been awarded to one of the seven feature films in Competition and has been selected by journalists who were invited to vote following each screening. For its anniversary, La Semaine has decided to honor film critics and has formed a jury. It is comprised of international journalists and the President is Korean director Lee Chang-dong. ...

Poles Apart Again

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Probably the most successful of the still-sustained 'national' film festivals that flourish, with greater and lesser degrees of success in London and around the British Isles (dare I still call them that without fear of political uncorrectness?) is Kinoteka, which celebrated its 9th edition from 24th March to 13th April, 2011.(Since the German Film Weeks are now but a fond memory, this Polish filmic-extravaganza now surely takes the crown, in the face of all kinds of film 'festivals' that vie...

NEWSLETTER N° 503:April 2, 2011

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Making Way

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During the fourth festival OFF PLUS CAMERA twelve films from all over the world will compete for the Kraków Film Award. The head of the “Making Way” Jury will be Jerzy Skolimowski.   The Main Competition films are presented below! "Erratum" is a social drama by Marek Lechki telling the story of a man who doesn't even notice how much lost he is in his life. The film was appreciated at numerous festivals in Pusan, Chicago and Thessaloniki. ...

JERZY SKOLIMOWSKI is president of the Jury in the Main Competition

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World famous Polish filmmaker will be the president of the “Making Way” competition, with the main prize of $100.000. Jerzy Skolimowski, the recent victor at the Polish Film Academy Awards the Eagles 2011 for “Essential Killing” is the president of the Jury in the Main Competition “Making Way” of the International Festival of Independent Cinema.Since the beginnings of the Off Plus Camera film festival, our main goal was to make the president of the main Jury a Pole. Until now, the p...

Sofia International Film Festival 2011

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At the 15th Sofia International Film festival (SIFF), ESSENTIAL KILLING (Poland, 2010) screened to an international audience. In 'Essential Killing' (2010) actor Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a Taliban from Afghanistan on the run from American soldiers through the mountains of Poland after slaughtering three American soldiers to bits. While I would not say this film is bad nor good, I would definitely say that it is very worth the time as it is certainly a film not soon to be f...

NEWSLETTER N° 501: march 18rd, 2011

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PSIFF 2011 reviews

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  In 'Essential Killing' (2010) actor Vincent Gallo plays Mohammed, a Taliban from Afghanistan on the run from American soldiers through the mountains of Poland after slaughtering three American soldiers to bits. While I would not say this film is bad nor good, I would definitely say that it is very worth the time as it is certainly a film not soon to be forgotten. Who would of thought Gallo could pull off such a feat! He is compelling in his role as Taliban on the run and while intim...

Palm Springs in full swing with Polish triple play

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The treasure chest of film choices this year at Palm Springs is so well stocked that the visiting film critic is faced with the dilemma of choice at every turn. Monday, day number five, three important Polish films were stacked up back to back; Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing", Jan Kidawa-Blonski's "Little Rose" and "All That I love", a debut entry by Jacek Borcuch. Skolimowski and Kidawa-Blonski, both veteran Polish directors, are guests of the fest and we...

Palm Springs in full swing with Polish triple play

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The treasure chest of film choices this year at Palm Springs is so well stocked that the visiting film critic is faced with the dilemma of choice at every turn. Monday, day number five, three important Polish films were stacked up back to back; Jerzy Skolimowski's "Essential Killing", Jan Kidawa-Blonski's "Little Rose" and "All That I love", a debut entry by Jacek Borcuch. Skolimowski and Kidawa-Blonski, both veteran Polish directors, are guests of the fest and were on hand for Q & As after the...

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 ...

Compétition Officielle

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Compétition OfficielleAu cœur de la programmation du festival, la Compétition Officielle révèle le talent de réalisateurs européens reconnus dans leur pays et entend favoriser la diffusion de leurs œuvres hors de leurs pays d'origine.12 films seront en compétition pour la Flèche de Cristal décernée par le jury du festival. Pour la seconde année consécutive, la Flèche de Cristal sera imaginée et conçue par l'artste borain, César Carrasco.Le gagnant recevra une aide à la di...

POFF In Focus: EurAsia Competition

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   THE DITCH (Wang Bing, China) The EurAsia Competition, an eclectic mix of European and Asian cinema, is the main competition event at POFF, the Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, which kicked off last week and continues through Sunday, 5 December. Beginning in 2004, the EurAsia Competition has become one of the unique elements of the Festival, providing a unique spotlight on quality European and Asian films for the Baltics and Scandinavian region. In this year's edition, 22 film...

Aranofsky-Libatique, Stelling-Giltay, Ballhaus, Epstein, Skolimowski - film reviews at Plus Camerimage 2010!

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Apart from many competitions and out-of-competition screenings Plus Camerimage Festival program includes numerous film reviews of our special guests and award laureates. This year five retrospectives will be presented. Michael Ballhaus Retrospective - Review of the German cinematographer, the recipient of this year's Golden Frog - Lifetime Achievement Award and a Jury Chairman for the Cinematographers' Debutes Competition. Michael Ballhaus was a cinematographer on fifteen films b...
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