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Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” To Open Plus Camerimage Festival with “Side by Side”

PLUS CAMERIMAGE, the International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography, announced today the heads of the juries who will preside over the eight competition sections at the 20th anniversary edition of the festival taking place November 24th – Dec 1st.   It was also revealed that the Festival will hold the Polish premiere of the highly anticapted ‘Life of Pi,” directed by Ang Lee, with cinematography by Claudio Miranda, who will be in attenndence. The film will be p...

The second edition of Play Poland Film Festival in the UK

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In September this year a second edition of the biggest festival of contemporary Polish films will commence in the UK. This is Play Poland Film Festival organised by Polish Art Europe. The event will last for four months, until December 2012. It will take place in Great Britain, Ireland, Norway and Canada. Cinema goers will have the opportunity to see popular Polish movie productions (both full length and short) and exhibitions of the best film posters as well as to participate in meetings with...

Postcards from the "B" Festivals

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A curious coincidence seems to have confined me, so far in unseasonal 2012, to attending international film festivals in cities beginning with a B!  This is not to say that any one of them is a B-Festival (we know, pace F.I.A.P.F., that the world of 613-4,000 festivals is not really divided into 'A' category and 'B' category events) but even though --for the first time-- I missed the Berlinale, for a variety of reasons (though I did manage to preview it on BBC World Service Radio from London,...

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...

New Polish 3D Blockbuster Screens in LA

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  The Battle Of Warsaw 1920 Dir: Jerzy Hoffman. Poland. 2011. 115mins Polish director Jerzy Hoffman (born 1932) has only made 14 films in a 45 year career, but half of them have become landmarks of Polish cinema and he is regarded as one of the outstanding Polish film directors, a sort of Polish Cecile B. DeMille in terms of the grandness of his projects. His latest opus is called "Bitwa Warszawska, 1920" (The battle of Warsaw,...

New Polish 3D Blockbuster Screens in LA

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For New Polish 3D Blockbuster Screens in LAby Alex Deleon Polish director Jerzy Hoffman (born 1932) has only made 14 films in a 45 year career, but half of them have become landmarks of Polish cinema and he is regarded as one of the outstanding Polish film directors,a sort of Polish Cecile B. DeMille in terms of the grandness of his projects.His latest opus is called "Bitwa Warszawska, 1920" (The battle of Warsaw, 1920) and is another massive epic to rank with his earlier "Fire and Sword" (1999)...

IFFI Goa launches with 100 films from 65 countries

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Films from 65 countries for 42nd international film festival goa, shahrukj khan, luc besson, betrand tavernier to attendMore than 100 films from 65 countries will be screened during the 42nd International Film Festival of India - 2011 in Goa between Nov 23 and Dec 3,3011 Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan will be chief guest at IFFI's inauguration at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao Goa on 23 November. The main centre of the festival is Panaji,although films will be screened over the 10 day Fest in...

Films from 65 countries for 42nd international film festival goa, shahrukj khan, luc besson, betrand tavernier to attend

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More than 100 films from 65 countries will be screened during the 42nd International Film Festival of India - 2011 in Goa between Nov 23 and Dec 3,3011  Bollywood badshah Shahrukh Khan will be chief guest at IFFI's inauguration  at the Ravindra Bhavan in Margao Goa  on 23 November. The main centre of the festival is Panaji,although films will be screened over the 10 day Fest in Margao,Goa's commercial hub which is located 4 km from the political capital.     Revived in this...

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...

51st Krakow Film Festival ready to open

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51st Krakow Film Festival is due to begin next week. Besides the competing and premiere films, the audience will also have an opportunity to watch the films of “Festivals Laureates” and “Somewhere in Europe” sections, which have already gained viewers' love and jurors' acclaim.Krakow Film Festival's category of “Festival Awards Winners” is being created on the basis of the cooperation with other festivals focusing on documentary and short films, such as IDFA in Amsterdam, HotDocs in ...

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...

11 East and Central European films compete in Vilnius international film festival's competition programme

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The competition programme "New Europe - New Names" at the Vilnius International Film Festival "Kino Pavasaris" has selected a formidable collection of Eastern and Central European films. The audience is invited to 11 thrilling, refreshing brand new films thoroughly selected by an international jury. These particular foreign films are all contenders in the line to become the highlights of the festival. They have already proved their potential at Cannes, Venice, Berl...

ŚOLIDARNOSC = It is ALREADY 30 Years ~ KINOPOLSKA Polish Film Festival in PARIS

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Yikes, can it already be 30 years since Lech Walesa successfully led the Polish freedom movement, Solidarnosc, against the repressive Communist Regime and paved the way to liberty in the other Central and Eastern European satellite countries* This year’s edition of the KINOPOLSKA festival paid tribute the 30th anniversary of the historic Solidarity movement.        The  KINOPOLSKA Festival  promotes contemporary Polish cinema, and this year,  celebrated 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 ...

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Director: Wojciech Kuś.
A story about a girl, Julia, who accidentally comes across a hermitage, somewhere in the woods. There lives an old hippie, Bernard, who'd rather stay aloof and remain secluded from the world of the living. Julie, however, is persistent and desires to get to know Bernard better. She hides in the shed and awaits a fit moment to break the ice. Such occasion is the day on which Bernard plans to mend the roof of his house. When ladder collapses under him Julia finds a perfect moment to enter his life.

Krzysztof Zanussi will be honoured at Grand OFF Awards

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The legendary Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi will be honoured in his hometown as he will be on hand to receive the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award at the ceremony of this year’s Grand OFF World Independent Film Awards which will be held on 27th November 2010 in Kamienica Theatre, Warsaw.Born in 1939, Zanussi has been responsible for classics of Polish cinema such as Life as a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000) and Illumination [Iluminacja] (1973), a winner of the Grand Prix at...

Mar del Plata International Film Festival turns 25.

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25th Mar del Plata Internacional Film Festival From 13th to 21st November, 2010 The only Latin American Film Festival with “A” status was conceived in 1954 due to the need to reflect the Argentinean Cinema universe, as well as the international cinematographic scenario. Year after year, the Festival established itself as a vital exhibition of the development and exchange of the film industry and audiovisual arts. Mar del Plata International Film Festival is today a must for filmmakers, acto...

Polish Films Competition under the patronage of Plus network operator

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Plus Camerimage Festival presents Polish Films Competition. The competition will be held under the patronage of our long-term partner - Plus network operator. Polish Films Competition under the patronage of Plus network operator is the most interesting presentation of contemporary Polish cinema, evaluated by a jury comprising exclusively of foreign artists and film critics. We have adopted the principle of showing the films within the competition to great foreign artists, and...

Thai Film Wins Top Prize At Poland's Top Fest

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  Thai cinema scored an impressive second major victory (after winning the Cannes Palme d'Or for UNCLE BOONMEE) at the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival, Poland's most important film event, this past weekend. MUNDANE HISTORY (Jao Nok Krajok/), a biting critique of Thai society by fledgling director Anocha Suwichakornpong has won the Grand Prix of the NEW HORIZONS International Competition, the Festival's highest honor. The award includes a cash prize of 20,000 Euros and g...

11th LA Polish Fest conects with Hollywood

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by Alex Deleon The Los Angeles film festival calendar is so crowded that three of them have currently been running in overlapping juxtaposition. The LA Indian film festival and the LA Polish film festival both started on the same day, April 20, but the Indian one only lasted six days leaving another six days to catch up with the second half of the Polish action. There is also an Asian festival going on simultaneously in Koreatown, but since it is physically impossible to be everywhere at once, ...

Contemplating Krzysztof Zanussi

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  by Sandy Mandelberger, Online Dailies Editor  One cannot contemplate the accomplishments of Polish cinema without acknowledging the singular contribution of Krzysztof Zanussi, who is the subject of a retrospective tribute at the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival, taking place in Wroclaw, Poland this week. Not only will the master director’s best-known films be screened, but the Festival programmers have unearthed early short films and television works that have not been seen i...

Special Andrzej Wajda evening at Locarno

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One of the special events at the forthcoming Locarno International Film Festival will be a special evening devoted to the Polish director Andrzej Wajda, who will attend in person, on Monday August 10 at 8.30 pm at La Sala. Festival goers will have an opportunity to see the world première of an outstanding documentary made by four of Andrzej Wajda’s students – graduates of the Andrzej Wajda Master School of Film Directing (Warsaw), Andrzej Wajda: róbmy zdje¸cie! (Andrzej Wajda: Silence on ...

Contemplating Krzysztof Zanussi

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Dailies Editor One cannot contemplate the accomplishments of Polish cinema without acknowledging the singular contribution of Krzysztof Zanussi, who is the subject of a retrospective tribute at the ERA New Horizons International Film Festival, taking place in Wroclaw, Poland this week. Not only will the master director’s best-known films be screened, but the Festival programmers have unearthed early short films and television works that have not been seen in decades. Zanussi was born in Wars...

Cottbus to cooperate with Wroclaw

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In the future, the FilmFestival Cottbus – Festival of East European Cinema, will cooperate with the Film Festival Wroclaw, specifically in the mutual presentation of festival films. Mediated by the Polish Institute Berlin at this year’s Berlinale, the collaboration was agreed upon by festival directors Roman Gutek (Wroclaw) and Roland Rust (Cottbus), and will be announced this week at the film festival in Wroclaw. “For us, it is an absolute stroke of luck that we have been able to win such...

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