Polish Films in Pusan

A total of six Polish feature films will screen at this year's 15th edition of the Pusan International Film Festival in South Korea. The festival runs from October 7 through October 15. The "Flash Forward" competition for first- and second-time directors from outside Asia will include Erratum by Marek Lechki.


Two awards for "Essential Killing"

The 67th Venice International Film Festival came to a close. The Special Jury Prize went to Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing, a film co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. When accepting the award, Skolimowski thanked Ewa Piaskowska, who co-wrote and co-produced the film.. The Coppa Volpi Best Actor Award went to Vincent Gallo, the American actor who played the lead part in Skolimowski's feature. Gallo played the role of Mohammed - an Afghan fugitive who escaped from a secret military black site and now seeks recluse in the forest, fleeing from US troops.


"Reverse" Recommended for EFA

Members of the European Film Academy together with EFA Productions gGmbH published a selection list of Europe's 46 best films. Published on September 9, the selection list features titles of films recommended for consideration for the European Film Awards. The Polish candidate for this year's European Film Award is Rewers (Reverse) by Borys Lankosz.


Polish Oscar Candidate

The Polish candidate for the Awards of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or Oscars, has been selected. Poland will be represented by Wszystko co kocham (All That I Love) by Jacek Borcuch. All That I Love by Jacek Borcuch is set in the early 1980s. Since its premiere in January 2010, Jacek Borcuch's feature was screened and awarded at multiple international film festivals, including Sundance, Rotterdam, Brussels, Setúbal, Los Angeles, and New York.


Award for Kolski's "Venice"

Wenecja (Venice) by Jan Jakub Kolski received the Special Jury Prize for Best Artistic Contribution at the 34th Montreal World Film Festival, which closed last night. This award is a key award (second only to the Grand Prix) at North America's only A-class international film festival.


Co-Financing for Weir Project

September 3 brings the launch of the 37th Telluride Film Festival in Colorado, USA. This year's Telluride lineup includes 24 new features, 13 documentaries, and 25 short films. This non-competitive festival focuses on presenting the latest achievements of world cinema.


"Korespondent Bryan" Film Premiere

Korespondent Bryan (Correspondent Bryan) will have its gala premiere at Warsaw's National Opera Theatre on September 1. This film was made by Eugeniusz Starky thanks to Samuel Bryan, the son of Julien Bryan, and in co-operation with the Steven Spielberg Foundation and the Holocaust Museum in New York. The film will also be broadcast nationally on TVP on Wednesday night.


Award for Jerzy Skolimowski

The 18th edition of the Plus Camerimage film festival will launch on November 27, 2010 in Bydgoszcz. The Lifetime Achievement Award for a Polish Director with Unique Visual Sensitivity will go to Jerzy Skolimowski. This acclaimed director, screenwriter and producer will be the guest of honour at this year's Camerimage festival. Festival hosts are also planning a retrospective of his key achievements as a film director.


"Venice" and "Little Rose" in Montreal

Two Polish films will screen at this year's Montreal World Film Festival. The 34th edition of this film event starts on August 26. The Montreal World Film Festival is North America's only A-class film festival. Wenecja (Venice) by Jan Jakub Kolski will have its world premiere in the World Competition. Różyczka (Little Rose) by Jan Kidawa-Błoński will screen in the Hors Concours (out of competition) section of the festival.


Award for Agnieszka Grochowska

The 26th Amanda Awards ceremony was held on August 20, during the Haugesund International Film Festival. This year's Best Actress award went to Agnieszka Grochowska for her role in Upperdog by Sara Johnsen. Upperdog also won the Best Norwegian Film award.


Polish Films at Warsaw Film Fest

Marcin Wrona's feature Chrzest (The Christening) will screen in International Competition at the Warsaw Film Festival. Marek Lechki's Erratum will screen in the 1-2 Competition for film debuts.


"The Christening" in San Sebastian

Marcin Wrona's feature Chrzest (The Christening), winner of the Silver Lions, Best Actor (for Wojciech Zielińki and Tomasz Schuchardt), and Best Editing awards at this year's Polish Film Festival in Gdynia will screen in the "Zabaltegi - New Directors" competition for first- and second-time directors at the 58th San Sebastian International Film Festival. This year's edition of the San Sebastian IFF will last from September 17 to 25.


"Essential Killing" In Competition

The Polish Film Institute is happy to announce that Essential Killing, the latest feature from Jerzy Skolimowski, will screen in Main Competition at the Venice International Film Festival. Festival director Marco Müller writes in his letter of invitation that Skolimowski's film will be an important part of the success of the 67th edition of the Venice International Film Festival.


"Mundane History" Wins Top Prize

The winners of the 10th Era New Horizons International Film Festival have been announced. The Grand Prize of the International NEW HORIZONS Competition went to Mundane History (Thailand), directed by Anocha Suwichakornpong. The Wrocław Film Prize in the New Polish Film Competition went to Made in Poland by Przemysław Wojcieszek.



Transatlantyk in Poznań

The first edition of the Transatlantyk Festival will run from August 5 through 13. The festival lineup includes two competitions for film score composers.


Shooting Wraps on "Sponsoring"

July 19 was the last day of shooting Sponsoring, the latest feature project by Małgorzata Szumowska, director of 33 sceny z życia (33 Scenes from Life). The film was shot in Paris and Cologne. The director of photography was Michał Englert whose previous works include Wszystko co kocham (All That I Love) and 33 sceny z życia (33 Scenes from Life), while the script was co-written by Danish screenwriter Tina Byrckel.


Three Polish Films in Locarno

Three Polish films made this year's Locarno International Film Festival lineup. The Locarno International Film Festival is one of the world's most prestigious film events and is accredited by the International Federation of Film Producers Associations (FIAPF).


Odorowicz for Second Term

As a result of the two-stage competition for the position of General Director of the Polish Film Institute, Agnieszka Odorowicz has been appointed to continue her mission. The Competition Committee, appointed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage, was presided by Krystyna Janda. The committee unanimously recommended Agnieszka Odorowicz. On July 16, Minister of Culture Bogdan Zdrojewski appointed Agnieszka Odorowicz for a second term as General Director of the Polish Film Institute. The newly-appointed General Director of the Polish Film Institute thanked the Competition Committee for their trust and approval of the Polish Film Institute's hitherto activities.


Kościukiewicz and Garbacz Awarded!

The 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival drew to a close. The Crystal Globe awards were presented at the closing ceremony.

The Polish feature Matka Teresa od kotów (Mother Teresa of Cats) was recognized for its male leads. The Best Actor Award went jointly to two young actors: Mateusz Kościukiewicz and Filip Garbacz. They were awarded for the roles of Artur and Marcin - two brothers who murder their own mother.


Polish Films at Karlovy Vary IFF

Today brings the launch of the 45th Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. Paweł Sala's Matka Teresa od kotów (Mother Teresa of Cats) will be screened in the festival's Main Competition, marking the film's international premiere.
Rewers (Reverse) by Borys Lankosz is one of ten European films screened in the Variety Critics' Choice section of the festival. Films in this section are selected by the staff critics of Variety magazine.
Przyrzeczona (Little Bride) by Lesław Dobrucki will screen in the Documentary Film Competition, while Beats of Freedom by Wojciech Słota and Leszek Gnoiński will be shown in the out-of-competition section "2010. A Musical Odyssey".


Polish Films in Latin America

July 1 marks the launch of a series of festivals promoting Polish films in Latin America. Premiere screenings of recent Polish films will be held in seven Latin American countries: Mexico, Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Chile, Venezuela, and Brazil.