Jacek Borcuch’s new film, under working title Lasting Moments (Chwile nieulotne), begins
shooting on September 8th in the Valencia region.
The plot centres around a pair of Polish students who meet during holidays in
Spain. Unexpectedly nightmare reality
breaks into this carefree time and heavenly landscape and puts their lives to an
Leading roles will be played by Jakub Gierszał, an actor who has worked with Jacek Borcuch on his
last film All That I Love, and
Magdalena Berus. Among the Spanish cast are a great personality of the Spanish
cinema, Angela Molina, and Juanjo Ballesta, one of the most interesting actors
of the young generation. The director of photography will be Michał Englert, the
music will be composed by Daniel Bloom while the set design will be created by
Elwira Pluta. The producers of the film are Piotr Kobus and Agnieszka
At the beginning of October the crew will travel to Cracow for the second part
of shooting and afterwards to Kwidzyn. The end of principal photography is
scheduled for mid-November and the premiere for autumn
The film is being produced by Manana in co-production with Espiral
Producciones (Spain) and
Cracow Festival Office, and is co-financed by the Polish Film Institute and the
Regional Film Fund in Cracow with the support of
the City of Kwidzyn.
The last film by Jacek Borcuch, All That I Love, was distributed in 20
countries, won several international and national film awards and was the Polish
candidate for the Oscars. It was also the first Polish production to be shown in
the main competition of the Sundance Film Festival.
PS. Please do not combine this information with earlier news about
the content and cast of the film which are either outdated or
the 64th Locarno International Film Festival, the film
z chłodni (Frozen Stories) by Grzegorz Jaroszuk received
a nomination for the European Film Awards in the Best Short Film
category. Special mention of the International Federation of Film
Societies went to the Polish-Romanian animated film
Crulic - Droga na
drugą stronę (Crulic - Road to the Beyond) by Anca Damian. Both films were
co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
by Easy Busy Productions
Frozen Stories screened in the Pardi di domani / Leopard of Tomorrow short film
competition, alongside Bez śniegu (Without Snow) by
Magnus von Horn. Both features were produced at the National Film,
Television and Theatre School in
Frozen Stories is focused around two supermarket workers who have two days to
find their purpose in life. The film was previously recognized at the
"Łodzią po Wiśle" film festival, receiving the Grand Prize and audience
award. Frozen Stories also screened at the
36th Polish Film Festival in Gdynia (Young Cinema
Competition), at the New Horizons festival in Wrocław, and at the "Dwa
Brzegi / Two Riversides" film festival in Kazimierz
screened in Main Competition at this year's Locarno IFF, is
a combination of animation, documentary, and feature film. The plot
is based on real events from 2007 and 2008, when Claudiu Crulic,
a Romanian prison inmate, died in a Krakow prison after
a four-month-long hunger strike.
this year's 51st edition of the Krakow Film Festival, the
short documentary Paparazzi by Piotr Bernaś also
received a nomination for the European Film Awards.
Paparazzi was also co-financed by the Polish Film
European Film Awards ceremony will be held in Berlin on December 3,
Further details about the Locarno International Film Festival
available at: www.pardolive.ch.
official website of the European Film Academy available at: www.europeanfilmacademy.org.
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CNC provides Direct credit, meaning reimbursable interest-free credit granted from the Cinematographic Fund for film production and project development, and Non-reimbursable financial support, which is non-reimbursable funds allotted from the Film Fund for the distribution of the Romanian films, the organization of or participation in specialized festivals and fairs, ans for educational programs.
CNC is coordinated by an administrative board of seven members: five appointed upon recommendation of the film associations, one recommended by the Ministry of Culture, and the general director of the CNC (who is also the chairman of the board).
The Film Fund - the supporting fund - consists of: 2% contribution from the price for sale/rental of recorded video cassettes, DVDs, etc; 4% contribution from the publicity minutes purchased by public and private television stations; 3% contribution from the price of the publicity minutes sold by the cable television companies; 3% contribution from the film exploitation; 1% contribution from the monthly income of cable, satellite and digital companies; 20% of the income obtained from the privatization of the cinema halls and parks. The Government's Ordinance No.39/2005 also states that the public television (www.tvr.ro) has to contribute to the Film Fund with 15% of its advertising income. It can also opt for the direct financing of film production.
The Film Fund was 31 million RON in 2010, the lowest amount in the last five years (35,849,793 RON in 2006, 40 million RON in 2007, 44 million RON in 2008 and 32 million RON in 2009). The Government approved the exemption from the contribution to the Film Fund of the national lottery Loteria Romana, which until 2009 contributed 4% to the Film Fund. The budgetary support to the Film Fund also stopped in 2006.
CNC finances (by direct credit) the production of short fiction films, feature films, documentaries and animated films, and also the developement of such projects. A production grant cannot exceed 50% of the budget, with the exception of low-budget and difficult films (which can be supported with up to 80%). The producer can spend at least 20% of the film's budget inside the EU member states or the states having agreed with the Central European Free Trade Agreement.
A Romanian co-producer cannot enter into a multilateral international co-production with less than 10% of the budget, and with less than 20% in a bilateral co-production. Direct credit cannot exceed 50% for a Romanian co-producer, with the exception of a low-budget or difficult film.
The grant contest has three selection committees: fiction, documentary and animation, made up of professionals proposed by the filmmakers associations. The selection committee for fiction evaluates the features and short films projects, as well as the development of projects. The selection committee for documentary decides the production and development grants for short and long documentaries. The selection commitee for animation does the same for animated films.
From a grant session, 5% usually supports first feature films, 5% short fiction films, 10% documentaries, 10% animated films, and 59% long feature films, while 1% goes for developing long features, documentaries and long animated films. A maximum of 50% of the total sum may be granted at the beginning of the preparation, up to 20% (upon the request by the producer) at the end of the shooting, and 10% (upon the demand by the producer) once the standard copy is delivered. A direct credit can be reimbursed in 10 years.
CNC announced at the end of 2010 that production companies that don't respect their contracts with the CNC and producers who dropped projects which were awarded at previous sessions will not be eligible to apply for the next grant session. The European Commission (ec.europa.eu) approved €80.68 million (RON 347 million) in state aid for the Romanian funding scheme at the end of 2010. The scheme approved by the European Commission will be run by the Romanian authorities until 31 December 2014. It allows producers to spend up to 20% of the film budget within the European Economic Area (EEA), not just in Romania.
In 2010, 19 features were produced in Romania, the highest number in the last five years (18 in 2006, 11 in 2007, 9 in 2008, 18 in 2009). Of those, eight were made with a production grant from CNC, nine entirely financed in Romania and ten co-productions. The National Cinema Center supported almost all the big successes of the Romanian New Wave. For a Romanian co-producer, the support of the CNC is indispensable. Moreover, if he wants an international co-producer, he has to have the support of his national body.
Sean Durkin has
been awarded for the best direction at Sundance for his film Martha Marcy May
Marlene which is going to be screened in the competition program of the
Miskolc International Film Festival in September. The Hungarian cinema-goers can
watch the film, which appeared in the Un certain regard section in
Cannes, much earlier than the Americans - as the film’s US premiere is
going to be held only on 21st October. Among the stars of this
masterful psychological thriller are Christopher Abbot, Hugh Dancy - and
Elizabeth Olsen, the talented sister of the Olsen twins, who gives Oscar-worthy
performance in the film. Martha Marcy May Marlene escapes from the captivity of
a sect, but her memories still keep her suffering for a long time. Sean Dunkin’s
first feature film has a good chance for the Academy Awards, just like the
opening film of Jameson CineFest, The Help, which has been leading the US
charts for 14 days.
The program of the Polish Academy of Document in Kiev is now available on our website www.dragonforum.pl/en
the Kiev workshops, young documentary makers will develop their film
projects under the guidance of international experts such as Jerzy
Śladkowski, Marcin Koszałka, Krzysztof Kopczyński and Dorota Roszkowska.
The program also includes Master Classes and Case Studies and Art of
Document screenings in Kinopanorama cinema as well. We will show a
choice of intriguing films about Poland and the world, including:
«Warsaw To Take» by Karolina Bielawska i Julia Ruszkiewicz ,
«Kruzenshtern» by Maciej Cuske, «Mobile Cinema Of Dreams» by Andrzej
Fidyk, Marcel Łoziński's «Poste Restante», «I Love Poland» by Marii
Zmarz-Koczanowicz, «Declaration Of Immortality» by Marcin Koszałka and
«Vodka Factory» by Jerzy Śladkowski. The session will end with an open
conference of Polish and Ukraininan filmmakers on the current issues in
The calls for projects to participate in Polish Academy of Document are open:for Kiev (4-8 Oct) until September 4thfor Minsk (8-12 Nov) until October 2ndfor Moscow (6-10 Dec) until October 16th
Application form, regulations and additional information about Polish Academy of Document are available at www.dragonforum.pl
2011 program includes among others:
1. Competition for feature-length, human rights – oriented documentaries from
all over the world, of outstanding cinematic quality
2. Permanent repertoire section „I Want to See”, including documentaries about
events, problems and people on whom the attention of human rights defenders is
3. Permanent repertoire section „Discreet Charm of Propaganda” -sixth edition:
the war propaganda during the Balkans conflict
4. Permanent repertoire section „New Polish Films” presenting the most recent
Polish docs that are focused on social issues
5. Permanent repertoire section „Close Up”- the Arab World including films
depicting recent North African revolutions
6. Second part of the retrospective „The Shelved Gems” – documentaries and
feature films which were banned by the censorship for various reasons.,
7. Thematic retrospective focuses on racism, xenophobia, and various forms of
intolerance in contemporary world.
WATCH DOCS is not only about films. This year the Festival’s accompanying
events include among others: an international conference on human rights today
with theoreticians and hands on human rights defenders from all over the world;
master classes conducted by renowned filmmakers; panel debates, discussions and
More details on http://www.watchdocs.pl/
On the initiative of the Polish
Film Institute two cultural institutions: the Film Society of Lincoln Center
together with the Polish Cultural Institute of New York teamed for a week of
contemporary Polish cinema from the last two years: Transitions: Recent
Polish Cinema. With the maximum effort of the Polish Film Institute it
took a year to organize the series that audience will get to chance to see
between September 9 – 15. The series mark for the Polish Cinema the first
time of being held by such a prestigious institution like Lincoln Center.
The line-up includes the best features from
acclaimed Polish film directors as well as debutants, the best Polish
shorts from the previous year, documentaries, animated works and a two film
tribute of digitally restored prints featuring Zbigniew Cybulski from Janusz
Morgenstern with Krzysztof Komeda’s music: Goodbye Until Tomorrow
and Night Train.
The screenings of Suicide Room by
Jan Komasa (Friday, Sept 9, 6:45 pm) and Mall Girls by Katarzyna
Rosłaniec (Saturday, Sept 10, 9:10 pm) will be accompanied by the meeting with
the directors. On September 10 at 5 pm there will be also the chance to meet
Kamil Polak (Switez) and Bartek Kulas (Millhaven) during the
LIST OF FILMS:
All That I Love (Wszystko co kocham), 2009
Director: Jacek Borcuch, Cast: Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Jakub
Gierszał, Olga Frycz.
Spring of 1981. A wave of strikes sweeps
through Poland. Communist authorities are trying to find ways of destroying
“Solidarity” movement. Four 18-year-old kids in a seaside town form
a punk rock band. Their leader Janek is the son of a prominent navy officer.
Busan IFF 09//Sundance IFF 10 //Rotterdam IFF 10
Black Thursday (Czarny czwartek), 2011
Director: Antoni Krauze, Cast: Marta Honzatko, Michał
The story of workers'
strikes in December 1970 that were met with a brutal reaction from the
communist authorities. The film is based around a Gdynia shipyard worker
named Brunon Drzywa, who died during the riots after having been shot in the
back at a local train station.
Director: Marek Lechki, Cast: Tomasz Kot, Ryszard Kotys.
A few days before his son’s First
Communion, Michał heads to his hometown. He has some business to attend to, and
return home as soon as possible. When he gets there, it turns out that he will
have to stay for a few days. While walking the town streets, he encounters
people he used to be close with, visits familiar places. What started out as a trivial
trip slowly turns into an emotional life journey.
IFF 10 // Busan 10 // Chicago Iff 10 // Thessaloniki 10
Mall Girls (Galerianki), 2009
Director: Katarzyna Rosłaniec, Cast: Anna Kaczmarczyk,
Dagmara Krasowska, Dominika Gwit.
Milena and her friends are Middle school
students. They enjoy spending time at the mall. They meet rich men, who give
them presents in exchange for sex.
Toronto IFF 10 // Banghkok IFF 09 //Cottbus IFF 2009 // Tallin IFF 09
Mother Teresa of Cats (Matka Teresa od kotów),
Director: Paweł Sala, Cast: Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Filip
Garbacz, Mariusz Bonaszewski, Ewa Skibińska.
inspired by real events. Two brothers brutally murder their cat-loving mother.
This heinous crime serves as a pretext for pondering on the condition of the
family in Poland. How is it possible that an average and seemingly normal
family can suddenly be deprived of their chance for a normal life...
Festivals: Karlovy Vary IFF 10 // Tallin IFF 10 // Cottbus IFF 10 // Cairo
Out of Love
(Z miłości), 2011
Director: Anna Jadowska, Cast: Marta Nieradkiewicz, Wojciech
Niemczyk, Daniel Olbrychski, Ewa Szykulska.
Ewelina and Piotr recently got married. Now
they have a baby, but also constant financial difficulties. Piotr doesn’t
have a steady job, nor has he any ideas for supporting his family. In a
conversation with friends, Ewelina and Piotr learn that performing in a porn
film is a fun and easy way to make quick money.
Suicide Room (Sala samobójców), 2010
Director: Jan Komasa, Cast: Jakub Gierszał, Roma
Gąsiorowska, Agata Kulesza, Krzysztof Pieczyński.
Dominik, a high school student, is
humiliated by his colleagues one too many times; he stops going to school and
shuts himself in the virtual world. There he meets a girl who brings him into
the “suicide room” an online place for people who, like Dominik, no
longer want to live, or at least give off that impression.
Berlin IFF 11 // Off Plus Camera in Krakow 11 // Polish Film Festival in Gdynia
Venice (Wenecja), 2010
Director: Jan Jakub Kolski, Cast: Magdalena Cielecka, Marcin
Walewski, Agnieszka Grochowska.
A ten-tear-old boy dreams of going to
Venice. But then the Second World War starts and his family hides him in the
home of his aunts who build him a small Venice in the flooded basement. A
coming-of-age story about love and courage.
IFF 10 // Cottbus IFF 10 // Tallin IFF 10
SWITEŹ, dir. Kamil Polak, 2011
GALERIA, dir. Robert Proch, 2010
SZELEST, dir. Leszek Korusiewicz, 2010
POROZMAWIAJ Z NIM, dir. Agata Prętka, 2010
POWROTY, dir. Krzysztof Kadłubowski, 2010
MILLHAVEN, dir. Bartek Kulas, 2010
PRZESŁUCHANIE, dic. Adam Palenta, 2010
PUSSYCAT, dir. Ola Jankowska, 2011
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The Flying Machine will have its official premiere screening in the Forbidden City
Concert Hall in Beijing on August 30 as a part of celebration
of the Polish Presidency in European Union. For this most famous concert hall
in China the screening will mark the first 3D movie projection ever.Minister of Culture and National
Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski and the Director of the Polish Film Institute
Agnieszka Odorowicz have confirmed their presence at the premiere.
The Flying Machine is a Polish-Chinese co-production with the support of
the Polish Film Institute. The film was produced by BreakThru Films (Poland) and co-produced
by: Telewizja Polska S.A, Canal+ Poland, Media Skok Sp. Z o.o., Sean Michael Bobbitt Investment, Hugh
Welchman. Total budget amount is 36 mln PLN. The world sales is handled by the
Distribution Workshop. The distribution of The Flying Machine in Poland will be
handled by Kino Świat and Bona Film Group in China (also co-producer).
From Academy Award Winning team
behind Peter And The Wolf (Best Short Animation Film) and Line
Producer Gareth Unwin (King’s Speech),The Flying Machine is a spectacular 3D adventure for the whole
family, combining live action and stop motion animation. Starring Heather Graham and super-star pianist Lang Lang (considered by Time magazine in 2009 one of
100 the most influential people in the world) who also performs the soundtrack,
Chopin’s timeless unforgettable music provides the inspiration for a
modern fairy tale.
Flying Machine’s animated part was directed by Martin Clapp and the cinematographer
credit goes to Krzysztof Ptak. The
film was created to promote Chopin's music
Flying Machine has assembled a truly class team of stop motion and 2D animators. Each
of the stop motion animators have credits as lead animators on some of the
biggest stop-motion films of recent years – Coraline, Wes Anderson’s Fantastic Mr Fox, Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride, DreamWorks Spirit, Aardman’s Wallace & Grommitt. The 2D animators include Dino
Athanassiou, director of Treasure Island and Sequence Director of DreamWorks, and
Paul Bolger, lead animator on Cool World, The Thief and the Cobbler and Director of Happily N’everAfter(starring Sigourney Weaver).
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For the second year in a row, Kaunas International
Film Festival will be opened by a Lithuanian film – this year it will be the
documentary The Field of Magic by Mindaugas Survila. The premiere
of the story about the people who have been living in the Buda
Forest near the former Karijotiškės
landfill for over 20 years will take place in Kaunas on September 27.
“We are establishing a tradition to begin the
programme of the Festival with a Lithuanian film – last year we screened Eastern
Drift by Šarūnas Bartas, and this year we chose the work of Mindaugas
Survila who represents the young generation of Lithuanian filmmakers. Each
year, we try to introduce both renowned Lithuanian works of cinematography and
promising filmmakers,” said the Festival’s director Ilona Jurkonytė.
Four years in the making, the documentary The Field
of Magic is a scrutiny of the miserable lives, holidays and survival of the
residents of the Buda
Forest. By giving voice
to those who usually remain unheard, the filmmaker reveals the difficulties of
these actions as well as shows the ability of the characters to be ironical
about the surrounding world and the fear of losing touch with it.
“My visits to the Buda Forest
were very frequent during the filming and gradually those people began
accepting me: I would accompany them to the landfill, and celebrate Christmas
and New Year’s Eve with them. All of a sudden I could see them in a completely
different way as compared to the picture drawn by the press and the television
– they not only do their share of hard work every day, but also read books,
listen to music, make jokes, fall in love, sing, cry, play cards, do their hair
and are always ready to help each other,” said the author of the film Mindaugas
The Field of Magic
is the second documentary of the young filmmaker. The debut titled Meeting the
Ospreys about the rare species of birds was awarded the best Lithuanian
nature documentary in 2007 and received the prize of Petras Abukevičius, maker
of the films about nature.
The 5th Kaunas International Film Festival will take
place September 27 – October 9 in Kaunas and Vilnius. The Festival
will visit Panevėžys film theatre “Garsas” on October 10–13 and Nida film
theatre “Agila" on October 13–16. More information on
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