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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...

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...

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...

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

Rio de Janeiro Film Festival

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Sofia Coppola’s Venice Golden Lion winner Somewhere, Jerzy Skolimowski’s Venice Jury Prize winning Essential Killing (which also received the Best Actor award for Vincent Gallo); Cannes Film Festival Grand Prix and Best Director winners Xavier Beauvois’ Of Gods and Men and Mathieu Almaric’s Tournée, the Latin America premieres of Andrucha Waddington’s Toronto and Venice selected Lope and Ben Affleck’s The Town; actors Bill Pullman, Charlotte Rampling, Irène Jacob, and Michael Mads...

Sofia Coppola Wins Her Lion In Venice

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  Sofia Coppola walked away with the top prize at the Venice Film Festival this past weekend, winning the Golden Lion for her new film SOMEWHERE. The film, which inexplicably did not make the cut at the Toronto or New York film festivals (festival envy?), stars Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning in a dramatic story of a father who tries to connect with his daughter after years of neglect. The fact that the dad is also a famous actor adds spice to this satire of Hollywood's self-obession and...

Somewhere by Sofia Coppola takes Golden Lion in Venice

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The 67th Venice International Film Festival, organized by La Biennale di Venezia, ran 1st to 11th September 2010 at Venice Lido.5 International Juries assigned the official awards of the Festival 2010.The Venezia 67 Jury, chaired by Quentin Tarantino and comprised of Guillermo Arriaga, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Arnaud Desplechin, Danny Elfman, Luca Guadagnino, Gabriele Salvatores, having viewed all twenty-four films in competition, has decided as follows: GOLDEN LION for Best Film:SOMEWHERE by Sofi...

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