"Igor" World Premiere in Toronto
Igor i podróż żurawi (Igor and the Cranes' Journey) by Evgany Ruman, a co-production between Israel, Poland, and Germany, will screen in the TIFF Kids section of the upcoming 37th Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 6 through September 16, 2012. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The Toronto screening will mark the world premiere of Igor and the Cranes' Journey.
New Film by Jan Komasa
Miasto, the new film by Jan Komasa, is scheduled to begin filming in May 2013. The film is set in the time of the Warsaw Uprising of 1944, but the focus of the plot will not be on history. Lensed by cinematographer Paweł Edelman, the film will centre around young people, their lives, their struggle, and love. The filmmakers discussed the project at yesterday's meeting at the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
12th T-Mobile New Horizons Winners
July 29, 2012 brought the 12th edition of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival to a close. The festival's Grand Prix went to De jueves a domingo (From Thursday Till Sunday), a co-production between Chile and the Netherlands directed by Dominga Sotomayor Castillo. Twelve international films competed for the festival's top prize. The T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
Grand Prix for "Jeż Jerzy"
The animated feature Jeż Jerzy (Jeż Jerzy: The Movie), directed by Wociech Wawszczyk, Jakub Tarkowski and Tomasz Leśniak, received the Grand Prix at the 16th International Animated Film Festival SICAF2012 in South Korea. The event was organized in Seoul and ran from July 18 through July 22.
August 29 will bring the launch of the largest retrospective of films by Krzysztof Kieślowski in France, along with an exhibition illustrating the life of this Polish director. The event is organized at the Paris MK2 Bibliothèque cinema, and will run until the end of September.
Polish Days in Wrocław
Polish Days was an industry event organized within the framework of the 12th T-Mobile International Film Festival on July 21-23, 2012. This event, co-organized by the Polish Film Institute, brought together a number of international distributors, festival programmers, and industry reps.
Good Reviews after Karlovy Vary
After the 47th edition of Karlovy Vary International Film Festival in foreign industry magazines appeared postive reviews of Polish films which were presented during the festival.
On the Set of Wałęsa
We visited the set of Wałęsa, a film co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Wałęsa, the latest production by director Andrzej Wajda, focuses on the story of legendary Solidarity leader Lech Wałęsa, following his life from the early 1970s until the time when he was elected President.
"Battleheart" in Locarno
Serce do walki (Battleheart) by Tomasz Matuszczak is in official selection at the 65th Locarno International Film Festival, which launches on August 1. Battleheart, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will screen in the Pardi di domani / Leopards of Tomorrow international short film competition.
Karlovy Vary: Lubos Wins Best Actor
The 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival has come to an end. The closing gala of this year's festival brought the presentation of the Crystal Globes awards. The winner in the Best Actor category was Polish actor Eryk Lubos for his performance in Zabić bobra (To Kill a Beaver) by Jan Jakub Kolski. The film received support from the Polish Film Institute. Lubos shares the Best Actor award with Henrik Rafaelsen (The Almost Man). Special Mention in Main Competition also went to the actors of Polski film by Marek Najbrt. The festival's Grand Prize went to The Almost Man.
"To Kill a Beaver" in Karlovy Vary
July 3 brought the world premiere o Jan Jakub Kolski's feature Zabić bobra (To Kill a Beaver) at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The film received support from the Polish Film Institute.
"Shameless" in Karlovy Vary
July 2 marked the international premiere of Bez wstydu (Shameless) by Filip Marczewski at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Shameless features in the festival's East of the West competition.
An audiovisual co-production agreement between Poland and India was signed on July 4 at the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage in Warsaw. In addition to film co-production, the agreement covers other types of production, mainly television.
"Yuma": World Premiere in Karlovy Vary
June 30 marked the world premiere of Yuma at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Yuma is the feature debut from Piotr Mularuk, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The film is featured in the lineup of the East of the West competition.
Nine Polish Films in Karlovy Vary
Nine Polish films will screen at the 47th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which runs from June 29 through July 7, 2012. Seven of these, including several films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will screen in the festival's competition sections.
Good Reviews for "Flying Blind"
The world premiere of the UK production Flying Blind, the feature debut from European Film Award winning director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, took place on June 24 at the 66th International Edinburgh Film Festival.
"80 Million" Premieres in Moscow
June 24 marked the international premiere of 80 milionów (80 Million) by Waldemar Krzystek, which took place at the "Oktyabr" Festival Centre of the 34th Moscow International Film Festival. The film was shown in Main Competition of the Moscow International Film Festival.
Locarno STEP IN Initiative
The 65th Locarno International Film Festival will include a presentation of the latest films from Eastern Europe, which will take place between August 4 and August 6, 2012. The Polish Film Institute is one of the partners in organizing this event.
Polish Films Win Awards in the USA
Róża (Rosa) by Wojciech Smarzowski and Jeż Jerzy (Jeż Jerzy: The Movie) by Wojtek Wawszczyk, Jakub Tarkowski and Tomasz Leśniak, two films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, received awards at the 15th Brooklyn Film Festival in New York.
Impressions of Producers on the Move
We interviewed Marta Plucińska, producer of Przebacz (Facing Up) by Marek Stacharski and Mój rower (My Father's Bike) by Piotr Trzaskalski, the latter of which premiered recently at the 37th Gdynia Film Festival.