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Cinema of Poland

Agnieszka Holland gets Life Time achievment Award at Cinefest

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She worked with the entrant Leonardo DiCaprio, the already recognized Andrzej Wajda, Gary Oldman, Jean-Claude Carriere, Gerard Depardieu, Hanna Schygulla, Albert Finney, and Ed Harris. She won the Golden Globe and she was awarded for the Academy Award three times (most recently in this February). Agnieszka Holland, one of the most determinative figure of European cinema is the 9th Jameson CineFest’s lifetime achievement award winner. Ms. Holland is giving master class on 16 September in Mi...

Board members updates: Krzysztof Zanussi - special festival guest in Locarno and at the Slot Art Festival in Poland

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Krzysztof Zanussi is a special guest in Locarno (his film "Iluminacja"- 1973 will play for the 40th celebration of the SIGNIS jury)   ...

The 37th Gdynia Film Festival has officially ended with Awards

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37. GDYNIA FILM FESTIVAL. POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN POLAND (7th – 12th of May) ANNOUNCED ITS AWARDS.   The 37th Gdynia Film Festival has officially ended. At the Closing Ceremony the “Golden Lions” Prize was granted to Agnieszka Holland for the film In Darkness. Other award winners included among others Marcin Krzyształowicz, awarded with the “Silver Lions” Prize for Manhunt, Agnieszka Grochowska and Robert Więckiewicz, awarded for the best actress and actor in a leading role in...

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...

Cinergia 2011 jury members voting for best European debut and the Munk competition

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JURY COMPETITION FOR THE BEST EUROPEAN DEBUT headed by Krzysztof Zanussi       Krzysztof Zanussi - jury president. He was born in Warsaw in 1939. In 1960 he started studying the film direction at the Lodz Film School. Since 1966 he has directed many documentaries, features for cinema and TV, in Poland and abroad. He is also stage and opera director. From 1974 to 1981 vice-chairman of the Polish Filmmakers Association. From 1979 chief manager and director of Tor Film Stu...

PLUS CAMERIMAGE unveils robust list of honorees

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  The International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography PLUS CAMERIMAGE will recognize an esteemed group of cinematographers, directors and actors at this year's festival which takes place November 26th - December 3rd at its new home in Bydgoszcz, Poland.   With yet another robust list of honorees, PLUS CAMERIMAGE upholds its proud and unique position as the most recognized festival dedicated to the art of cinematography, and in recent years, expanded its breadth of h...

The Mill and the Cross" an extraordinary artistic achievement

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  By Ron Gilbert   Director, Lech Majewski does a brilliant orchestration in this film which is like watching an artist visually show how his painting is created and all of his inspirations. Opening this complex painting via a combination of actors and horses with blue screen effects and 2D backdrops with historical, religious, contemporary and symbolic figures, with biblical travails depicted alongside sufferings of Flemish citizens persecuted by representati...

THE MILL AND THE CROSS (2011) at RIFF

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THE MILL AND THE CROSS at RIFF 2011.  Polish director Lech Majewski of the film THE MILL AND THE CROSS (2011) appeared at the 8th annual Reykjavik International Film Festival (RIFF) 2011, September 22- October 02.  Starring Rutget Hauer, Charlotte Rampling and Michael York, THE MILL AND THE CROSS (2011) by director Lech Majewski has crossed new borders with his film which is an experimental exploration and hybrid between the life inside famous Flemish painting by Pieter Bruegel the El...

Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir to premiere in Zurich

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The Zurich Film Festival tonight revealed that the surprise film of the Festival is the World Premiere of the documentary "Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir." It was announced by Festival Directors Karl Spoerri and Nadia Schildknecht. “Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir” is the extraordinary story of both the man and the filmmaker. In an unprecedented encounter, Polanski talks to his friend, producer Andrew Braunsberg, about his childhood, his career in both Europe and America, the tragedy of Sharon ...

49th Annual 2011 New York Film Festival Opens with Roman Polanski’s CARNAGE

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By Maria Esteves – September 27, 2011 The 49th Annual 2011 New York Film Festival (NYFF2011) commence Friday, September 30 - Sunday, October 16, 2011 at Alice Tully Hall and the Walter Reade Theater, New York. Presented by The Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYFF annually showcase the best in international, classic, and cutting-edge independent cinema. This year’s Opening, Centerpiece, and Closing Night films are North American Premiere of CARNAGE, directed by Roman Polanski, MY WEEK...

Roman Polanski

The Return Of Roman Polanski

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  Word comes from Europe that the celebrated director Roman Polanski will be returning to Zurich, Switzerland this week to accept the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zurich Film Festival. This could have been a standard issue awards story except for the fact that Mr. Polanski’s trip to Zurich two years ago to pick up this same honor precipitated a one-year legal battle that led to months of house arrest and his possible extradition to the United States to face a prison term for fl...

Roman Polanski will return (free) to Zurich Fest

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Roman Polanski is returning to Zurich (you remember the arrest fiasco at ZFF 2 years ago that made international headlines). He is claiming his award and unveiling a BRAND NEW SURPRISE FILM!  Director Roman Polanski will attend the upcoming 7th Zurich Film Festival to accept the lifetime achievement award that was intended for him two years ago, to honor his outstanding career achievements as a filmmaker. The announcement was made today by Zurich Film Festival Directors Karl Spoerr...

Cineclassics Kiesloswki exhibition

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CINECLASSICS: KIESLOWSKI EXHIBITION             "It gives me the creeps, and I have an impression that somebody is speaking through Kieslowski" , said Robert de Niro in 1989. Krzysztof Kieslowski’s films have had huge impacts all over the world, and right at the time of the Central European regime changes. Signs and Memories, the joint exhibition of CineClassics and the Polish Institute in Budapest, is going to be held in the House of Arts, Miskolc (Rákóczi u. 5.) and...

Lech Majewski and THE MILL AND THE CROSS at AIFF

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Polish director Lech Majewski of the film THE MILL AND THE CROSS (2011) appeared at the second annual Aruba International Film Festival as a special guest where his film screened and he attended a panel discussion, 'Conversations With', led by journalist Rollo Ross. Apparently, Lech had so much to say about his film and the history of the painting that Rollo only asked three questions and that led Lech to talking for over and hour and a half about his film. Now that’s inspiration!Starring Rut...

Lech Majewski and THE MILL AND THE CROSS

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 Polish director Lech Majewski of the film THE MILL AND THE CROSS (2011) appeared at the second annual Aruba International Film Festival as a special guest where his film screened and he attended a panel discussion, 'Conversations With', led by journalist Rollo Ross. Apparently, Lech had so much to say about his film and the history of the painting that Rollo only asked three questions and that led Lech to talking for over and hour and a half about his film. Now that’s inspiration!Starring Ru...

Lech Majewski at AIFF

Director Lech Majewski of the film THE MILL AND THE CROSS (2011)appeared at the second annual Aruba International Film Festival as a specialguest where his film screened and he attended a panel discussion,'Conversations With', led by journalist Rollo Ross. Apparently, Lech had somuch to say about his film and the history of the painting that Rollo onlyasked three questions and that led Lech to talking for over and h

Lech Majewski at AIFF

Director Lech Majewski of the film THE MILL AND THE CROSS (2011) appeared at the second annual Aruba International Film Festival as a special guest where his film screened and he attended a panel discussion, 'Conversations With', led by journalist Rollo Ross. Apparently, Lech had so much to say about his film that Rollo only asked 3 questions and that led Lech to talking for over and hour and a half about his film.

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...

Aruba - AIFF Makes Artistic Statement connecting film and art

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It is perhaps a sign of a film festival’s “coming of age” when it dares to present films acclaimed in the world of art rather than merely at the box office. Such is the case with the Aruba International Film Festival’s invitation to three world renown directors of sophisticated, powerful art cinema and documentary creations. They all will participate in the AIFF Film Lab series, In Conversation With… Academy Award winning director Jonathan Demme will discuss his latest films at ...

SCript East in Cannes

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During one-week long, final ScripTeast' session at Cannes Film Festival, scriptwriters are having meetings with the producers and distributors, as well as they have a chance for last consultations with Heads of Studies. They have occasions to attend the festivals’ screenings, conferences and participate in the festival events. After a very intensive start with pitching training done by David Matamoros from Zentropa Spain, ScripTeast writers use the possibility of presenting pos...

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 ...

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...
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