Interview with Roger Christian [video]
At the Off Plus Camera film festival in Krakow, which drew to a close on April 17, we spoke to director and production designer Roger Christian, winner of an Academy Award for Best Art Direction for Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977) by George Lucas. Roger Christian discussed his work as a jury member of the Polish Feature Film Competition at Off Plus Camera, and shared a few details about the upcoming adaptation of Stanisław Lem's novel "Pamiętnik znaleziony w wannie" (Memoirs Found in a Bathtub), which he will be directing.
Kubarska’s New Project Pitched
The next edition of the MIPDoc international documentary film market will be held in Cannes in early April, along with the seventh run of the MIPDoc Co-Production Challenge pitching session, which will include the latest project from Polish filmmaker Eliza Kubarska.
OPC Awards Presented
The fourth edition of the Off Plus Camera international independent film festival has drawn to an end. The Krakow Film Award went to Korean filmmaker Park Jung-bum, director of Musan il-gy.
Zanussi Awarded in Skopje
Krzysztof Zanussi will be a special guest at the Skopje Film Festival in Macedonia, where he is to be honoured with a lifetime achievement award by the Macedonian Film Archive and the University of Audiovisual Arts.
Tim Roth Awarded at OPC
At the Script Pro 2011 awards gala, the "Against the Current" award for contribution to the development of independent cinema went to British actor and director Tim Roth. The award was presented by Jerzy Skolimowski, who chaired the jury of the International Competition for the Krakow Film Award.
filmPOLSKA Festival in Berlin
The sixth edition of the filmPOLSKA film festival takes place between April 14 and 20. Organized since 2006, this event is an annual presentation of latest Polish film in Germany.
Łoziński’s Films at Doc Alliance
In the last two weeks of April, the Doc Alliance website will have free access to films by Marcel Łoziński, one of the masters of Polish documentary filmmaking, director, screenwriter, and lecturer, whose 89mm od Europy (89mm from Europe) received a European Film Award nomination and an Oscar nomination in 1994.
Weir and Producers on The Way Back [Video]
Right before the Polish premiere of Peter Weir’s latest feature The Way Back (Polish title: Niepokonani), we spoke to the director and to producers Joni Levin and Keith R. Clarke (who also co-write the script). The creators of The Way Back talked about their own long way in the making of this project, about working on set, and about their Polish inspiration.
"Świteź" Awarded in Las Palmas
The animated film Świteź (The Lost Town of Świteź), directed by Kamil Polak, received the grand prize in the Short Film Competition at the 12th Las Palmas International Film Festival.
"Charcoal Burners" Awarded in Paris
The Jury of the 1st Semaine du Cinéma de Sciences Po festival, presided by Gilles Jacob, head of the Cannes International Film Festival, unanimously awarded the festival's Golden Fox grand prize to the documentary student film Smolarze (Charcoal Burners) by Piotr Złotorowicz.
Interview with Katarzyna Klimkiewicz
Jo Harper of The Guardian conducted an interview with award-winning Polish film director Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, who is currently working on her feature debut Flying Blind in the UK.
Polish Films at the 51st Krakow FF
The selection of competition films at the 51st Krakow Film Festival is now complete. This year's edition of the festival will run from May 23 through 29. The final lineup of the international feature documentary and medium-length documentary competitions and the short documentary, feature, and animation competitions has been announced. Seven Polish films will screen in competition.
Off Plus Camera: Polish Competition
This year will mark the first Polish Feature Film Competition at the Off Plus Camera film festival in Krakow. An international jury will judge ten selected films that were produced over the past year.
"Out of Reach" Awarded in Kiev
The documentary Poza zasięgiem (Out of Reach) by Jakub Stożek received the award of the Ukrainian Filmmakers Association at the Docudays UA film festival in Kiev.
“Between Two Fires” at FebioFest
Dwa ognie (Between Two Fires), the feature debut from Agnieszka Łukasiak, made in co-production between Sweden and Poland, will screen at the FebioFest festival. The festival's 18th edition is taking place in Prague between March 24 and April 1.
"Wisła" Polish FF in Moscow
Wenecja (Venice) by Jan Jakub Kolski is the opening film at this year's Polish Film Festival in Moscow, which will run from April 15 through May 5.
Filmland Polen Starts Again
March 27 marked the launch of the 9th Filmland Polen New Polish Film Festival. The project is aimed at presenting latest Polish features to German audiences. Films are screened from March to December in several German cities, including Hamburg, Bremen, and Hanover.
9th Edition of London’s "Kinoteka"
A gala screening of Essential Killing opened the "Kinoteka" Polish Film Festival last night in London. April 1 will bring the release of Skolimowski's feature in theatres throughout the United Kingdom. The ninth edition of the "Kinoteka" film festival runs from March 24 through April 13 in five UK cities.
"The Miracle Seller" Awarded
Handlarz cudów (The Miracle Seller) by Jarosław Szoda and Bolesław Pawica received the 2011 Bergamo Film Meeting Prize of the 29th edition of the Bergamo Film Meeting in Italy. The event closed on March 20.
"Beats of Freedom" Wins in Finland
The fourth edition of MusiXine, the international film festival for music documentaries, closed last Saturday in the Finnish town of Oulu. With nine titles screening in competition, the winner of the Best Film award was the Polish documentary Beats of Freedom. Zew wolności (Beats of Freedom), focused on the early days of rock music in Poland.