Black Nights 2014: Spotlight on Polish Cinema
Over 20 Polish films will be shown at the 18th Black Nights International Film Festival in Tallinn. The event runs from November 14 through November 30, 2014. Polish presence at the festival is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
On November 12, nominations for the Cinema Eye Honors, one of the top awards in the world of documentary filmmaking, were announced at Copenhagen's CPH:DOX festival. Among five titles nominated in the short film category is Joanna, a film directed by Aneta Kopacz and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
"Ida" Nominated for European Film Awards in Four Categories
Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, received a total of five nominations for this year's European Film Awards: European Film, European Director (Paweł Pawlikowski), European Screenwriter (Paweł Pawlikowski and Rebecca Lenkiewicz), and two nominations for European Actress (Agata Kulesza and Agata Trzebuchowska). Łukasz Żal and Ryszard Lenczewski have been awarded the Carlo Di Palma Prize for European Cinematographer.
"Wałęsa" in France and Belgium
Wałęsa. Człowiek z nadziei (Wałęsa. Man of Hope), a film directed by Andrzej Wajda and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, will be released theatrically in France and Belgium on November 19, 2014.
Conversation with Xavier Henry-Rashid
We talk to Xavier Henry-Rashid, managing director of Film Republic - a sales agency founded in 2012 specializing in art house fiction and creative documentaries.
"Ida" Nominated for BIFA
Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, has been nominated for the 17th British Independent Film Awards in the Best International Independent Film category.
Robert Więckiewicz Awarded in Tokyo
At the closing ceremony of the 27th Tokyo International Film Festival, Robert Więckiewicz received the Best Actor Award for his performance in Pod Mocnym Aniołem (The Mighty Angel), a film directed by Wojciech Smarzowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
"Our Curse" Nominated
Nasza klątwa (Our Curse), a documentary directed by Tomasz Śliwiński and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, has been nominated for the IDA Award, the most prestigious award in the world of documentary filmmaking, awarded by the International Documentary Association.
"Life Feels Good" Released in Hungary
Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good), a film directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, was released theatrically in Hungary on October 30. The film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
"Ida" in Greek Cinemas
Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, was released theatrically in Greece on October 30, 2014.
Awards for Polish Films
Abu Haraz, a film by Maciej Drygas, received the Grand Prize at the Ânûû-Rû Âboro Film Festival in New Caledonia, while at the Al Jazeera Documentary Film Festival in Qatar, Łukasz Żal received the Best Cinematography Award for his work on Lewa połowa twarzy (Left Side of the Face) by Marcin Bortkiewicz, and Bartłomiej Świderski received the Best Director Award for his film Sati.
Polish 2014 Silver Eye Winners
October 27 marked the closing ceremony of the 18th edition of the Jihlava International Documentary Film Festival in the Czech Republic. Two Polish films, both co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, are among winners of this year's Silver Eye Awards.
"Ida" in Sweden
Ida, a film directed by Paweł Pawlikowski and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, was released theatrically in Sweden on October 24, 2014.
Steven Spielberg in Wrocław
"Joanna" and "Our Curse" Shortlisted for the Oscars
On October 20, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced its short list of contenders for the Academy Award in the Documentary Short Subject category. This selection of eight films includes two films co-financed by the Polish Film Institute - Joanna, a film by Aneta Kopacz (Wajda Studio), and Nasza klątwa (Our Curse), a film by Tomasz Śliwiński (Warsaw Film School).
Conversation with Hagai Levi
During 3. World Conference of Screenwriters in Warsaw we talked to Hagai Levi - a director and screenwriter, mostly known for his series BeTipul, which later became an HBO format, entitled In Treatment in the USA, in Poland known as Bez tajemnic.
"Our Curse" Awarded in Japan and the USA
Michał Marczak at 2014 CPH:LAB
The Outcome of the WCOS 2014
Recently Warsaw hosted the Third World Conference of Screenwriters, a two-day event for 170 screenwriters from around the world. The event, co-financed by the Polish Film Institute, closed with the Warsaw Resolution, which asserts the essential role of the screenwriter in the creative process.