Polish Films at the European Parliament
Today brings the end of the Polish Film Festival in Brussels, which launched on September 19. Screenings of Polish films at the European Parliament were organized to celebrate Poland's presidency in the Council of the European Union. The festival is aimed at bringing Polish culture closer to international audiences by presenting a selection of films made in recent years.
World Premieres in Warsaw
"Work on this year's programme wrapped merely a few days ago," said festival director Stefan Laudyn. "We will present ten sections, five of which are competition sections. A total of twenty films made it into the festival's main section - the International Competition. Over half of these mark the films' Polish or international premieres".
Great reviews of "In Darkness"
Poland's candidate for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award, In Darkness directed by Agnieszka Holland, has received great reviews in the foreign press after being screened at film festivals in the USA and Canada.
Polish Films at EFA
Two Polish features: Essential Killing by Jerzy Skolimowski and Sala Samobójców (Suicide Room) by Jan Komasa, both co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, are in official selection for the European Film Awards.
"Ki" in Venice
September 9th brought a gala screening of Ki (My Name Is Ki), the feature debut from Leszek Dawid, at the 68th Venice International Film Festival. My Name Is Ki was one of twenty films screening in the eighth edition of Venice Days.
Polish Films in Toronto
Audiences will have a chance to see a total of six Polish films and co-productions at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, which starts today.
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.