Premiere of The Courageous Heart...
An exceptional event took place on the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of World War II in Gdańsk - the European premiere of the film The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler (Dzieci Ireny Sendlerowej) by John Kent Harrison.
The film, based on the book Mother of the Holocaust Children by Anna Mieszkowska, tells the story of an extraordinary Pole, Irena Sendler, who, with a group of collaborators during World War II, conducted a daring and dangerous campaign to save children from the Warsaw ghetto. She managed to save over 2,500 of them.
27th Torino Film Festival - Call for Entries 2009
The director of the Torino International Film Festival invites filmmakers to apply to the 27th edition of the festival. The deadline for the entries is 21 September 2009.
Mall Girls will be shown in Toronto
The film Mall Girls (Galerianki), a debut by Katarzyna Rosłaniec, was invited to "Discovery" section at Toronto International Film Festival.
Bajon begins Śluby panieńskie
This will be the biggest Polish cinema production since the times of The Revenge (Zemsta) and With Fire And Sword (Ogniem i mieczem). A lot of stars will be playing in the film.
Seven years with Janosik
"The topicality of the story about Janosik was something that attracted us in the script," said Agnieszka Holland after the screening of Janosik. "It is a story about lot and fate, not only a fairy tale." The film by Holland and her daughter, Kasia Adamik will be shown in Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia from 4 September.
The Cinematograph in Venice
The animated film The Cinematograph (Kinematograf) by Tomasz Bagiński will compete in international short films competition Corto Cortissimo of the 66th Venice International Film Festival (2-12 September).
Lech Majewski has finished his shoots for The Mill and the Cross (Młyn i krzyż)
The latest film The Mill and the Cross by Lech Majewski, with many film stars - Michael York, Charlotte Rampling, Rutger Hauer - is at the post-production stage.
Solidarity of Arts – festival in Gdańsk
The exceptional event, joining various fields of art - Festival Solidarity of Arts - begins in Gdańsk.
Poland at TIFFCOM Market 2009
The Polish Film Institute (PISF) will organise a Polish National Cinema Stand at the nearest film market TIFFCOM 2009.
Polish films go to Tokyo and Pusan
Dom zły by Wojciech Smarzowski will take part in a competition in Tokyo, and Zero by Paweł Borowski in Pusan.
Locarno honours Wajda
A special event devoted to Andrzej Wajda creativity will take place this year in Locarno.
Era New Horizons: Grand Prix for Steve McQueen
The film Snow White and Russian Red (Wojna polsko-ruska) won the first prize in the New Polish Films Competition. Award for the best debut was given to Mall Girls (Galerianki) by Katarzyna Rosłaniec. Grand Prix was granted to Hunger by Steve McQueen.
Polish films in Montreal and Setubal
Enen by Feliks Falk and I Am Yours (Jestem twój) by Mariusz Grzegorzek will take part in the main competition at festival in Montreal. Operation Danube (Operacja Dunaj) will take part in debut competition in Setubal.
Third Film and Art Festival "Dwa Brzegi" in Kazimierz
The third edition of the film and art festival "Dwa Brzegi" ("Two Riversides") in Kazimierz Dolny and Janowiec is set for Aug. 1-9, featuring films representing mainly arthouse and independent cinema.
"Jestem twój" set for world premiere at Montreal
The film Jestem twój by Mariusz Grzegorzek was invited to the main competition at one of the most important international film festivals.
"Mother Teresa of Cats" by Paweł Sala
Shooting is under way for Mother Teresa of Cats (Matka Teresa od kotów), the feature debut of Paweł Sala. The plot is based on a true story of the murder of a mother by her two sons.
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz is remembered
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, one of the most prominent post-war Polish actors, died on July 14. He appeared in over 70 films and in 170 performances at Teatr Telewizji (Television Theatre), and made numerous stage appearances at several theatres.
Polish films successful at Karlovy Vary International Film Festival
Filip Garbacz won a Special Jury Mention for his role in the film Piggies (Świnki) by Robert Gliński at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. A Special Jury Mention also went to Till It Hurts (Do bólu) by Marcin Koszałka in Best Documentary Film Competition, and a Special Mention was won by Scratch (Rysa) by Michał Rosa, which competed in the prestigious East of the West section.
"Rabbit à la Berlin" qualifies for DocuWeeks
Polish-German co-production Rabbit à la Berlin (Królik po berlińsku) by Bartek Konopka and Piotr Rosołowski will be screened during the prestigious DocuWeeks event in New York.
Warsaw shoot completed for "The Woman That Dreamed About a Man"
Principal photography was completed in Warsaw 1 July for The Woman That Dreamed About a Man (Kobieta, która pragnęła mężczyzny) and the team moved to Copenhagen, where shooting was set to wind up 24 July. The production by Danish director Per Fly was also shot in Paris.