"In Darkness": Polish Oscar Candidate
The Oscar Committee unanimously chose W ciemności (In Darkness) by Agnieszka Holland as the Polish candidate for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category.
W ciemności (In Darkness) was made in co-production between Poland, Germany, and Canada. It tells the story of Leopold Socha, a Polish man who went from smalltime crook to hero during the course of the Second World War. Risking his own life and the lives of his loved ones, he saves a dozen men, women, and children from certain extermination and helps them survive almost 14 months in hiding.
Koszałka Awarded at Karlovy Vary
The top prize in the Documentary Film Competition for films under 30 minutes in length at the closing gala of the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival went to Marcin Koszałka for his film Deklaracja nieśmiertelności (The Declaration of Immortality).
Nomination for "Essential Killing"
The third day of the 46th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival brought the announcement of nominations for the Lux Prize - the film award of the European Parliament. One of the ten nominated titles is Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski.
Three Awards for "Joanna" in Moscow
Urszula Grabowska, who played the title role in Joanna by Feliks Falk, received the Silver St. George Award for Best Actress at the 33rd Moscow International Film Festival, which closed on July 2. Joanna also received the Award of Russian Journalists and the Award of Russian Film Clubs.
Gotham in Progress
Gotham in Progress, a two-day works in progress event targeted at American independent filmmakers and European buyers will take place in the scope of American Film Festival in Wrocław on November 17-19.
"Świteź" Wins at Palm Springs
The animated film Świteź (The Lost Town of Świteź) by Kamil Polak received the Grand Prize in the Animated Film Competition at the Palm Springs International Short Film Festival, which closed on June 27.
Komasa: Best Director at Art Film Fest
Jan Komasa received the Blue Angel award for Best Director at the 19th edition of the Art Film Fest International Film Festival. His feature debut Sala samobójców (Suicide Room) screened in Main Competition, which featured a total of 15 films, including The Hunter by Bakur Bakuradze.
Award for Dorota Kędzierzawska
Dorota Kędzierzawska received the Ibis Award for contribution to European cinema at the 4th Cinema City Film Festival in Novy Sad, Serbia.
"Paths of Hate" Win at Siggraph
Damian Nenow's latest animated film Paths of Hate received the Jury Prize at the 38th Siggraph Computer Animation Festival in Canada.
Marc Guidoni on Polish Cinema
Film producer and distributor Marc Guidoni, one of the international guests at this year's 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia, tells us about the reception of Jacek Borcuch's Wszystko, co kocham (All That I Love) in France, and about the latest film project from Andrzej Żuławski.
Polish Films at Moscow IFF
Six Polish feature and documentary films are in the lineup of the 33rd edition of the Moscow International Film Festival that will run this year from June 23 through July 2.
Polish Films in Karlovy Vary
Seven Polish films will screen at the 46th edition of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, which runs from July 1 through July 9, 2011. Four of them will compete for awards in various sections of the festival.
Księstwo (The Principality) by Andrzej Barański, will screen in the Karlovy Vary Main Competition. The East of the West competition section lineup features the feature animation by Wojtek Wawszczyk and Jakub Tarnowski entitled Jeż Jerzy. Deklaracja nieśmiertelności (The Declaration of Immortality) by Marcin Koszałka and Koniec Rosji (At the Edge of Russia) by Michał Marczak will compete for the grand prize in the documentary film competition.
"Essential Killing" Wins in Gdynia
The winners of the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia have been announced. The winner of the most awards (a total of five), including the Golden Lions for Best Film, was Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski. The Silver Lions went to the creators of Sala samobójców (Suicide Room) by Jan Komasa. The jury also awarded a Special Jury Prize, which went to Młyn i krzyż (The Mill and the Cross) by Lech Majewski, and Special Recognition of the Jury went to Czarny czwartek. Janek Wiśniewski padł (Black Thursday) by Antoni Krauze. The Platinum Lions for lifetime achievement went to Tadeusz Konwicki and Roman Polański.
36th Gdynia Film Festival Starts
The 36th edition of the Polish Film Festival launched in Gdynia. The opening ceremony brought the presentation of the Polish Film Institute Awards.
36th Polish FF Press Conference
On May 23, the official press conference of the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia was held at Warsaw's Polish Press Agency headquarters. The press conference speakers included Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski, General Director of the Polish Film Institute Agnieszka Odorowicz, director of the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia Leszek Kopeć, and artistic director of the festival Michał Chaciński. The press conference marked the release of the lineup of the 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia.
"Joanna" Premieres at Moscow IFF
Joanna by Feliks Falk will screen in main competition at the Moscow International Film Festival. The 33rd edition of the event will run from June 23 through July 2 2011. Joanna's screenings in Moscow mark the film's international premiere.
"At the Edge of Russia" Awarded
Koniec Rosji (At the Edge of Russia) by Michał Marczak is among the winners of the Hot Docs Film Festival in Toronto, one of the world's top documentary film events.
At the Edge of Russia is the story of 19-year-old soldier Alexei who begins his military service at a remote border post in northern Russia. This is one of many border posts guarding the vast uninhabited areas of Russia along the Arctic Ocean.
Twelve Films in Main Competition
The list of twelve titles competing for the Grand Prize at this year's 36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia has been revealed. The new artistic director of the Gdynia festival Michał Chaciński comments on the final selection: "I hope that these twelve films will inspire debate. I'd like to invite everyone to Gdynia to participate in this discourse. There will definitely be films worth watching, and worth being discussed."
Polish Films on Toronto Star List
The Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival is now on in Toronto. The Canadian daily newspaper Toronto Star made a list of the festival's ten most interesting titles, choosing from among 199 films from 43 countries. The list includes two Polish documentaries.
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.