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Pushpa-The Rise – Part 1, Review: Cross your legs

Pushpa-The Rise – Part 1, Review: Cross your legs Having steadfastly kept away from the staple diet of Telugu dubbed in Hindi dished out on a few TV channels 24 x 7, one was not aware of what one was in for when one went to see the press preview of Pushpa at the invitation of a major, local PR agency, albeit with a notice of 11 hours. Firstly, an eponymous film, the title is an abbreviation of PushpaRaj. Pushpa, by itself, means a flower, and is feminine. You might be pardoned for recal...

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 36: Gandhi and the power of the powerless

IFFI 51, 16-24 January, 36: Gandhi and the power of the powerless The IFFI 51 Indian Panorama Non Feature film 'Ahimsa - Gandhi: The Power of the Powerless' decodes the power of non-violence and why it remains relevant to this day. It brings to the fore the global impact of the Gandhian message of non-violence: how it inspired several world leaders, the Civil Rights Movement in the United States; the Solidarity Movement in Poland as well as Nelson Mandela and the anti-apartheid strugg...


VALLEY OF THE GODS (Dolina Bogów) by director Lech Majewski from Poland and the documentary BALENTES - THE BRAVE ONES (I CORAGGIOSI) by Australian-Italian director Lisa Camillo are the winners of the International Uranium Film Festival (IUFF) in Berlin 2020. Honorable Mentions received the German documentary About the Meaning of Everything (VOM SINN DES GANZEN - DAS NETZWERK DES PHYSIKERS HANS-PETER DÜRR) directed by Claus Biegert, docu...

Call for Entries for Ars Independent 2019

We still have a year to the next edition of the multimedia festival Ars Independent, but as of today, films, animations, music videos and video games can be submitted for the Black Horse competitions. This year’s call for entries ends on April 26th. Ars Independent 2019 will take place between September 24th and 29th in Katowice. AS every year, the festival is searching for what’s cool in young, debuting, contemporary audio-visual culture. It’s not afraid to watch videos ...

Siraj Syed’s IFFI 2016 diary, II, Andrzej Wajda’s lingering Afterimage

Siraj Syed’s IFFI 2016 diary, II, Andrzej Wajda’s lingering Afterimage Six of Poland’s much raved and long-revered director Andrzej Wajda’s films were on display at IFFI 2016. In a fitting tribute to the international master, who died on 9 October this year, of pulmonary failure, his last film, Afterimage, was the inaugural film here. Afterimage was completed just before his death, and he had even made a draft of the trailer and sent it to his editor, before dying, at ...

United States of Love: Press Conference Highlights

by Martin I. Petrov  United States of Love is Tomasz Wasilewski's third feature film, premiering today at the Berlinale Competition. It tells the story of four women in post-communist Poland in early 1990. A dark and simultaneously humorous insight in the lives of female figures and their fights for love.  At the press conference, held early this morning, Wasilewski and the cast presented the film at the last day of competition screenings at the Berlinale.  Julia Kijows...

Amy Berg and Przemyslaw Wojcieszek. Two world meet at Tofifest.

There are many cinema celebrities present among the guests to the Tofifest 2015 festival. One day, two of such guests came to take part in festival screenings, and both differ from each other just as night and day. One of them was Academy Awards nominee Amy Berg and 'enfant terrible' of Polish cinema, Przemyslaw Wojcieszek.         Janis Joplin – was she a sad girl? The American documentary filmmaker known for Deliver Us fro...

Poland Picks Skolimowski's 11 Minutes as Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film

  After a five-year hiatus, veteran Polish film director Jerzy Skolimowski is back on the scene. At the age of 77, Skolimowski seems more energized than ever. His latest film, 11 Minutes, an Irish/Polish co-production, wowed audiences in September when it debuted at the 72nd Venice Film Festival and received a special commendation from the festival's Youth Jury. The film also enjoyed packed screenings and favorable buzz at the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where it was fe...

Bangistan, Review: Citizen Wong Kar-Wai meets Raging Bull at FcDonald’s

Bangistan, Review: Citizen Wong Kar-Wai meets Raging Bull at FcDonald’s If references, allusions and name-dropping could make a film watchable, Bangistan would have arrived with a bang. Sadly for debutant director Karan Anshuman, that récipé fails to tickle the taste-buds, and the film turns out be a dish that is half un-cooked and half over-cooked. Why he chose to use crutches like parodying the title of Orson Welles’ all-time masterpiece, Citizen Kane, poking fun a...

Nine Foreign Language Films Advance in OSCAR® Race, By Adrienne Papp

By Adrienne Papp Nine features will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category for the 87th Academy Awards®.  Eighty-three films had originally been considered in the category. The films, listed in alphabetical order by country, are: Argentina, “Wild Tales,” Damián Szifrón, director; Estonia, “Tangerines,” Zaza Urushadze, director; Georgia, “Corn Island,” G...

Spielberg to Shoot New Cold War Drama in Poland in November

What do you get when you take Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, a script by the Coen Brothers, a musical score by John Williams, and a plot based on one of the most pivotal events of the Cold War? You get St. James Place, the director's latest production, which just wrapped its first leg of principal photography in New York. St. James Place tells the story of what became the first spy prisoner exchange between the United States and the Soviet Union, following the shoot-down on May 1, 1960, ...

Pawel Pawlikowski's Lofty "Ida"

"So you are a Jewish nun," says Wanda Gruz (Agata Kulesza) on sizing up her niece Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska) in Pawel Pawlikowski's luminous black-and-white drama Ida. The audience shares in Sister Anna's astoundment as she learns that her birth name was Ida Lebenstein. This cowled waif we first meet adorning and adoring a Christ figure, a Jew? Never in her 18 years of coming up in the convent did such a thought ever gefilte her fair head. But now, in wintry Poland of the ea...

Zubroffka Short Film Festival

Set in Bison's wildlife area of Podlasie (it is not a joke). It is winter festival, it is pretty cold here, but we are the polish vodka capitol. 9000 festival-goers every year can confirm it. 

Screenings are in art-house cinema running ourselves (450 seats) and local clubs, galleries and regional town around. Podlasie is one of the wildness and the most beautiful part of Poland. Our city doesn't has an airport, cause the new one is in progress. Bialystok is easilly accessible from Warsaw (where are two airports: Okecie - regular and charter flights and Modlin - low-cost airlines. From main station running daily around 14 trains and more buses to Bialystok what takes approx. 2 hours) and Kaunas in Lithuania (by bus approx. 3 hours)

Every year, instead of competitive 3 section (national, international and post-soviet competition called Window to the East) we do focuses on a regions. Total amount of awards is 15 000 EURO. Grand Prix is 2 000 EURO.


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"The Martini Effect" trailer in competition at Krakow!

My trailer for "The Martini Effect" was invited into the competition at Krakow...Would love to get a vote or two from you all here in the filmfestivals community: "The Martini Effect" stars Emanuele Secci, known in Italy for his fastweb spot with George Clooney, and in the US for his fine ensemble work in the 2012 Sundance Producer's Award winner, "Nobody Walks", scripted...

Wie das Binnenmeer

Director: Andreas Hyronimus.

Rather the career of the shy Simon (Jonas Minthe) was planned by his father: After finishing school he was due to study and afterwards take over the company of his dad. But the vest of a car salesman seems not to fit. Together with his best friend Paul (Julian Trostorf) Simon steals the favorite car of his father and the trip begins. On the way to the grandmother of Simon in poland, they have strange encounters and learn to see things in another way. 

„Wie das Binnenmeer“ is a movie about friendship of two young men. Both grew up in a small german town near the Baltic Sea. They start a trip to another country and begin a new part of their life. The film tells the feeling of liberty while driving in a car and screaming outside the window. Looking on the sea for hours and getting the feeling to swim away. Going away without any plan and aim and just enjoying the moment. „Wie das Binnenmeer“ describes a typical story of a road-trip while using brilliant and atmospheric pictures. Because of the great soundtrack it is a pleasure to watch and hear at the same time.

EKRAN Toronto Polish Film Festival

5TH EKRAN Toronto Polish Film Festival

         The Ekran Polish Film Association is proud to announce the 5th Annual Polish Film Festival in Toronto (November 13  17, 2013) celebrating the greatest achievements of Polish filmmakers. The festival will open with SIBERIAN EXILE (Syberiada polska) by Janusz Zaorski on November 13th, 2013 with our star-studded gala during which both Polish and American moviemakers will walk the red carpet at TIFF Bell Lightbox, an extravagant start to a 5-day-long celebration of Polish Cinema through November 17th, 2013 with subsequent  screenings at the Cine-Starz Cinema and the Revue Cinema. The Festival continues to grow each year by screening more films and drawing larger crowds.

        For the fifth time we will present the most recent achievements of Polish cinema as  IN HIDING (W ukryciu) by Jan Kidawa-Blonski, THE CLOSED CIRCUIT (Uklad zamkniety) by Ryszard Bugajski, THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE YEAR (Piata pora roku) by Jerzy Domaradzki, FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS  (Plynace wiezowce) by Tomasz Wasilewski, VIVA BELARUS (Zywje Bialorus) by Krzysztof Lukaszewicz, PAPUSZA dir. Joanna Kos-Krauze i Krzysztof Krauze and series of short films, documentaries and animations. In the segment of movies made abroad by Polish filmmakers, or with Polish talent we will present IMAGINE by Andrzej Jakimowski.

Panel of jurors from Toronto, including Larry Anklewicz, Shane Harvey and Chris Alexander will pick-up winners in feature film category.

Ekran is supported by the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto, the Polish Filmmakers Association and the Polish Film Institute.


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Wajda's “Walesa: Man of Hope” Fast-Tracked For U.K. and Ireland Release

The past couple of weeks have been good ones for legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda. His latest film Walesa: Man of Hope which chronicles the rise of Lech Walesa, who became Poland's first president of the post-communism era, received a standing ovation following its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival on September 5, and screened earlier this week at the Toronto International Film Festival to wide acclaim. Since then, the film has garnered lots of favorable reviews, generati...

Wajda's Walesa Biopic to Debut at Venice Film Festival

Celebrating its 70th anniversary, the Venice Film Festival is in full swing this weekend. As one of the world's most prestigious annual events for filmmakers and cinema fans around the world, winning an award or having one's film selected to screen here would be a very satisfying accomplishment for any director. But to receive a lifetime achievement award AND have your latest film make its world premiere at the festival is an honor reserved for a very select few. But Andrzej Wajda c...

Dear Producer, please submit your film to REGIOFUN!

The film submissions to the competition will be accepted online till July 31st 2013. With the beginning of April starts the film submission to the 4th edition of the International Festival of Film Producers REGIOFUN and it will last till June 31st. REGIOFUN is the only festival in Europe that awards producers. It also joins the regions and funds according to the perspective subordinated to the producers. The prize is € 25 000. REGIOFUN is the only event in Europe dedicated t...

Ars Independent Festival

Ars Independent Festival brings to Katowice (Poland) young, brave and provocative cinema, which seeks for its own language, breaks functioning conventions and film styles, strives for themes unnoticed by the others. We present the most diverse achievements of independent authors. By the contests for debuts and second films we are looking for Black Horses of the cinema. Ars Independent is the space devoted to dialogue between filmmakers and the audience, created with belief that cinema as a medium can influence reality. We are crossing geographical, social and political borders in order to disclose unknown cinema and discover both The Other and ourselves.

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David Lynch Receives Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing at 20th Camerimage Festival in Poland

Renowned American director David Lynch received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Directing on November 24 at the 20th Plus Camerimage Festival in Bydgoszcz, Poland. Founded in 1993, the annual event has grown into the leading festival dedicated to cinematography and cinematographers, and runs this year through December 1. Although the iconoclastic director has achieved worldwide success and built a huge fan base in the course of his career, which now spans five decades, his work seems to stri...


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