Janusz Morgenstern Passed Away
Janusz Morgernstern, acclaimed Polish director and producer, passed away early this morning at 89.
Longtime head of "Perspektywa" film studio. Graduated in film directing from the National Film School in Łódź. Cooperated closely with Andrzej Wajda on Kanal (The Canal, 1956), later was Wajda's assistant director on Popiół i diament (Diamonds and Ashes, 1958) and Lotna (Speed, 1959). Directed films such as Do widzenia, do jutra (Good Bye, Till Tomorrow, 1960), Jowita (Jovita, 1967), Trzeba zabić tę miłość (To Kill This Love, 1972), Godzina W ('W' Hour, 1979); also created popular television series including Kolumbowie (1970) and Polskie drogi (1977). His last film was Mniejsze zło (The Lesser of Two Evils, 2009).
Polish Films in Venice
The 68th edition of the Venice International Film Festival launched on August 31. This year’s lineup features three films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Screening in Main Competition and competing for the Golden Lion will be the latest film from Roman Polanski, Carnage. Ki (My Name Is Ki) by Leszek Dawid and Znieważona ziemia (The Land of Oblivion) by Michale Boganim will screen out of competition in Venice Days and the International Film Critics’ Week respectively.
Retrospective by Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski's films will be shown in the Museum of Modern Art in New York from 7 to 30 September 2011.
Fabicki starts shooting "Love"
Sławomir Fabicki, Polish director of the acclaimed Z odzysku (Retrieval) starts shooting his second feature, Love.
Polish Films Awarded in Romania
Polish films triumphed at the first edition of the "Golden Carpathian" European Film Festival in Ploiești, Romania.
Polish Films Awarded in Montreal
Borys Szyc received the Best Actor award for his role in Kret (The Mole) by Rafael Lewandowski, while Antoni Krauze's Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł (Black Thursday) received the FIPRESCI award at the 35th Montreal International Film Festival.
"The Flying Machine" World Premiere in Beijing
August 30 will mark the world premiere of Latająca maszyna (The Flying Machine) at the Forbidden City Concert Hall in Beijing. The latest production from the makers of the Academy Award-winning Piotruś i wilk (Peter & the Wolf) is an animation dedicated to the works of Frederic Chopin. Following its Beijing premiere, The Flying Machine will also screen at the Toronto International Film Festival. General Director of the Polish Film Institute Agnieszka Odorowicz will attend the Beijing event.
Montreal, Venice, Toronto
Below are the details of the screenings of Polish films and co-productions at international festivals in Montreal, Venice and Toronto.
"Rosa": World Premiere in Toronto
Róża (Rosa) by Wojciech Smarzowski will screen at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section, alongside Terre outragée (Land of Oblivion) by Michale Boganim. Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. Rosa's screening at the Toronto IFF will mark the film's world premiere.
Holland's "In Darkness" in Toronto
Poland's candidate for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award, W ciemności (In Darkness) by Agnieszka Holland, will screen at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival.
"Frozen Stories" Nominated for EFA
At the 64th Locarno International Film Festival, the film Opowieści z chłodni (Frozen Stories) by Grzegorz Jaroszuk received a nomination for the European Film Awards in the Best Short Film category.
"The Flying Machine" in Toronto
Latająca maszyna (The Flying Machine) will screen in the Children's Film Competition of the 36th Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF will also screen Sponsoring (Elles) by Małgorzata Szumowska and Kobieta z piątek dzielnicy (The Woman from the Fifth) by Paweł Pawlikowski. All three films are international co-productions, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The last two films will have their international premiere in Toronto.
"Black Thursday" in Montreal
Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł (Black Thursday), the latest film from Antoni Krauze, will screen in Main Competition at the 35th Montreal International Film Festival. Black Thursday will compete for the festival's grand prize against Kret (The Mole) by Rafael Lewandowski. Both films were co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. The Montreal screenings will also mark both films' world premiere.
"Fear of Falling" at 35th Montreal IFF
Lęk wysokości (Fear of Falling), the feature debut from Bartosz Konopka, will screen in the First Films World Competition at the 35th Montreal International Film Festival. This festival section features a lineup of 26 films from 21 countries.
"Courage" Premieres in Busan
The international premiere of Wymyk (Courage) by Greg Zglinski will take place at the Busan International Film Festival, one of the top film events in Asia. Courage is featured in the lineup of the Flash Forward competition section that focuses on films by first- and second-time directors from outside Asia. At last year's festival, special mention of the jury in the Flash Forward section went to Erratum by Marek Lechki.
Polish films at festivals
The organizers of three international film festivals - in Montreal, Toronto and Venice - announced the official line-ups. Six Polish productions and co-productions have been selected to be screened during those events.
Punto y Raya: Poles in Competition
The Punto y Raya experimental film competition, taking place this year at the Reina Sofía National Museum in Madrid, includes two films by Polish filmmakers: p.e.r.f.o.r.m.a.n.c.e. by Karolina Głusiec (representing the United Kingdom), and AE by Marcin Giżycki.
"Crulic" Premieres in Locarno
August 7 will mark the world premiere of the Polish-Romanian co-prodution Crulic - droga na drugą stronę (Crulic) at the Locarno Film Festival. Crulic, directed by Anca Damian, will screen in the festival's Main Competition.
Five Polish Films at Cartoon Forum
Five new Polish animated series qualified for Cartoon Forum Polska. The 22nd edition of this event will be held in Sopot on September 13-16, 2011.
Two Films from Łódź at Locarno
Films from the National Film School in Łódź continue their lucky streak. Two Łódź productions: Opowieści z chłodni by Grzegorz Jaroszuk and Bez śniegu by Magnus von Horn will screen in the Pardi di domani / Leopards of Tomorrow short film competition of the 64th Locarno International Film Festival.