The European Film Academy (EFA) and the Festival del film Locarno
Locarno Short Film Nominee for the European Film Awards 2011
OPOWIESCI Z CHLODNI (FROZEN STORIES)
by Grzegorz Jaroszuk
Poland 2011, 26 min., fiction
In a grotesque way, the film shows the deep loneliness of two outsiders
and their attempt to escape from their previous lives. As the jury
stated: “Great tone, a strong scenario and an impressive performance of
the main characters are the points of strength of this impressive
The film is now nominated for the award European Film Academy Short Film
2011. It was selected by the festivals’s Pardi di domani jury
consisting of jury president Indu Shrikent, festival director and film
critic (India), Bakur Bakuradze, filmmaker (Georgia / Russia), Tom
Shoval, filmmaker and critic (Israel), Luc Toutounghi, producer
(Switzerland), and Rebecca Zlotowski, filmmaker (France).
The short film initiative is organised by the European Film Academy in
co-operation with a series of film festivals throughout Europe. At each
of these festivals, an independent jury presents one of the European
short films in competition with a nomination in the short film category
of the European Film Awards.
The next nomination will be presented in co-operation with the Venice International Film Festival.
When the annual cycle is completed in September, the nominees will be
presented to the over 2,400 members of the European Film Academy and it
is they who will elect the overall winner: the European Film Academy
Short Film 2011 which will be presented at the 24th European Film Awards
Ceremony on 3 December in Berlin.
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gives me the creeps, and I have an impression that somebody is
speaking through Kieslowski" , said Robert de Niro in 1989. Krzysztof Kieslowski’s films have had
huge impacts all over the world, and right at the time of the Central European
regime changes. Signs and Memories, the joint exhibition of CineClassics
and the Polish Institute in Budapest, is going to be held in the House
of Arts, Miskolc (Rákóczi u. 5.) and it is going to demonstrate the
director’s life, career and films. The inaugural will be held by Krzysztof
Wierzbicki, Kieslowski’s assistant director (who is going to be the member of CineFest’s international jury
this year) and Péter Muszatics, the organizer of CineClassics.
The exhibition will be opened at
5 p.m., 18th September.
When starting his careeer, Kieslowski cut a dash first with his
documentaries. Such films made him later famous as Camera Buff
(Amator), No End (Bez konca) and Blind Chance
(Przypadek) shot in 1981 but first showed only in 1987. He shot Ten
Commandments (Dekalog) in 1988-89. Together with his fellow screenwriter,
Krzysztof Piesiewicz, they aimed at giving an evidence of our era by
interpreting the doctrines of the Bible in a modern way. Their venture had great
successes and started the director’s international career. The two
episodes, A Short Film About Love (Króki film o milosci; i.e.
“Don’t commit adultery” episode) and A Short Film About Killing (Króki film o
zabijanin; i.e. “Don’t murder“ episode) had particularly great echo: the
later was awarded by the jury in Cannes and became the Best European Film of the
After that, Kieslowski shot La double vie de Véronique
the cinematographer of which was Sławomir Idzak, who received the
CineFest’s lifetime achievement award in 2009. Then came the Three Colors
trilogy which was awarded Golden Lion in Venice, and which got not
only Césars but also Oscar nominations, the awards of New York and Los
Angeles film critics and the Silver Bear in Berlin. He died at the age of
54. His screenplays were brought to effect by such directors as Tom Tykwer and
Free entry during the festival.
Why was the MMKA shut down? What does the future hold for Hungarian
documentary filmmakers? Should they take more initiative and make more
attractive films? In his in-depth article, journalist Miklós Horváth
explores some of the issues troubling the current documentary scene in
It is for the second time that within the IFF
Cinematik a competition of Slovak feature-length (over 52-minutes)
documentaries named Cinematik.doc takes place. 8 films released between
September 2010 and September 2011 will compete for the Film Europe Award
together with a financial bonus. The 6th annual IFF Cinematik will
take place from September 9th to 15th in Piešťany.
festival is trying to pay more attention to the growing Slovak documentary cinema
this way, to its thematic and formal diversity which is also proven by this
year's collection. As in the previous year, the winner will be chosen by the
young European film critics.
films that have already been awarded there is Erika Hníková's Matchmaking Mayor (Tagesspiel Award at
Berlinale), a documentary about Zemplínske Hámre and its mayor who refuses to
watch his village dying out; the last part of Matej Mináč trilogy about
Nicholas Winter Nicky's Family
(Audience Award at Karlovy Vary) and a portrait of an architect and "the father
of Asian high-rises" Ladislav Hudec named The
Man Who Changed Shanghai by Ladislav Kaboš (Igric award for documentary and
creative bonus for film directing).
Pavol Barabáš travel film Trou de Fer -
The Iron Hole will be competing, too. This time the director has travelled
to Réunion Island
in the Indian Ocean where the unique canyon
with almost untouched nature is situated. Three-week tour of Theatre from the
Passage in the USA is portrayed
in Adam Hanuljak's Protected Territory.
The life of
celebrated sculptor Franz Xaver Messerschmidt is illustrated in Peter Dimitrov
dramatized documentary Time of Grimaces.
The Whole World Is Narrow Bridge by
Dušan Hudec presents Jossi Steiner who left for Israel after the World War II to
return to Košice and to become "people's rabbi" there. The last competing film
is The Baby Boom Generation at the
Turning Point by Yvonne Vavrová about now 40-60-year-old people of baby
boom generation and their place in today's society.
focused onto documentary film and the possibilities of international
cooperation will take place from September 9th
to 10th in
Piešťany, as well. Coproducing
Documentaries in Europe is organized by the IFF Cinematik, European
Documentary Network (EDN) and MEDIA Desk Slovakia.
It is aimed
primarily at producers from Slovakia
and the neighboring countries and aims to introduce European possibilities for
documentary film coproductions and European documentary film market. The
individual consultations of selected projects with renowned international
tutors Ove Rishøj Jensen (EDN), Peter Gottschalk (ARTE G.E.I.E.) and Stefan Kloos (Kloos
& Co Medien, Germany) will
be integral part of the seminar.
is organized with financial support of the Slovak Audiovisual Fund.
The 8th European
for professionals of Arthouse cinemas organized within the framework of the
MEDIA Programme of the European Union, will take place on the campus-island of
San Servolo, during Venice
International Film Festival.
Arthouse extended all over Europe in the 1950's, 1960's and 1970's. They now account
for 4.000 among the 30.000 cinema screens on the continent. Their position is
very different depending on the European regions: organized networks in some
countries and mostly isolated cinemas elsewhere.
Still, there is in all
countries a need for preparing the future generation of art cinemas managers
and a need for getting ready the present managers to face the new challenges of
The ambition of the "Art Cinema
= Action + Management" training is:
During both sessions of the training, the 53 participants selected amongst the 92 candidates will hold debates and
discussions on Arthouse cinema exhibition and will share their work and
experiences with 40 international
professional trainers the German producer Alfred Hürmer, the French
economist of cinema and professor at the Sorbonne University, Laurent Creton;
the General Director of the Mexican Cineteca Nacional,
Paula Astorga ; the deputy
director of the Sofia International Film festival, Mira Staleva , to name but a few .
countries will be represented on the island: Belgium, Bulgaria,
Chad, Croatia, Czech
France, Germany, Greece,
Ireland, Italy, Kazakhstan,
Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg,
Malta, Mexico, Netherlands,
Norway, Poland, Portugal,
Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia,
Taiwan and United Kingdom.
The International Confederation
of Art Cinemas
for the development of Art
Since 1955, the CICAE has been working to promote cultural diversity in cinemas
In the 50's, non-commercial films (" avant-garde",
"auteur cinema" "art cinema") were mainly
screened in festivals and often only seen by the movie-going elite, or more
infrequently shown in specialized theatres in Europe's major capital
In 1955, the national Arthouse cinema associations of
Germany, France, the Netherlands and Switzerland decided to gather and to found
the CICAE in order to bring quality films out of the shadows by offering them
to a larger audience and to develop an art market for the cinema industry where
filmmakers could find the resources they needed to pursue their creative
The collective and concerted action of these pioneers
led to the emergence in each of their country of a real market for quality
films, as well as national schemes aimed at supporting theatres that took a
stand in favour of this «high-risk» cinematographic art form.
Today, the CICAE brings
together 3,000 screens via 9 national structures,
independent cinemas in approximately 24 countries, 15
or so festivals
as well as a number of Arthouse film distributors or organizations (Europa Cinemas).
Aims & Actions >> Supporting the diversity
of the cinematographic offer and strengthening theatrical exploitation of art
 AFCAE in France, FICE and AIACE in Italy, AGKINO GILDE in Germany,
SSV-ASCA in Switzerland, Art Mozi and Art Mozi Budapest in Hungary, Diagonale
and VAC in Belgium, Circuito Gran Cine in Venezuela
 Algeria, England, Austria, Chile, Cyprus, Croatia, Denmark, Ecuador,
Estonia, Spain, Finland, Latvia,
Lebanon, Lithuania, Malta, Morocco, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, The
Netherlands, Slovenia, South Africa, USA
 including Berlin, Festroia, Directors'
Fortnight, Locarno, Sarajevo,
Venice, Annecy, Hamburg, Mons
Telefon (+36) 30 9277726
Carnage by Roman
Polanski / Main Competition
Three Polish accents
appeared in the line-up of the 68th Venice International Film Festival. Bóg
zemsty (Carnage) by Roman Polanski was selected to the main
competition and will fight for the Golden Lion. The film will have its premiere
at the Venice Film Festival. It's a story based on Yasmina Reza's Tony
Award-winning comedy God of Carnage, starring John C. Reilly, Jodie
Foster, Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz. The film follows two sets of parents
who meet up to talk after their children have been in a fight that day at
school. The cultural conversation at some point starts to get out of control.
Polish co-producer on ‘Carnage' is SPI International Polska. The director of
photography is Paweł Edelman.
Land of Oblivion
by Michale Boganim / Film Critic’s Week
In the line-up of the
International Film Critic's Week which is another non-competitive section of the
Venice festival appeared Znieważnona ziemia (La terre
outragée/Land of Oblivion) by Michale Boganim. It's
a French/German/Ukrainian/Polish co-production starring Andrzej Chyra in
one of the leading roles and with Leszek Możdżer's music. The Polish co-producer
on this project is Apple Film Production. As a debut Land of
Oblivion also has a chance to win the Lion of the Future.The film
retraces the irreversible consequences of the accident at Chernobyl nuclear
power station in 1986. The organizers of the International Film Critic's Week
wrote that Land of Oblivion is "the highest quality
My Name is
Leszek Dawid / Venice Days
Dawid's feature debut Mam na imię Ki (My Name is Ki)
will be screened at the Venice Days - a non-competitive section for
independent film productions during the 68th Venice International Film Festival.
The Venice Days selectors have chosen 12 movies. One of them will get an
honorable mention of the Europe Cinemas connected with a distribution
support. All debut films shown during the Venice festival compete for the Luigi
De Laurentiis Venice Award - Lion of the Future. The winner will get 100 000
My Name Is
Ki has already been presented at the Polish Films Festival in
Gdynia where Roma Gąsiorowska got the award for the best actress in
a leading role. My Name Is Ki is a film
portrait of a girl who tries not to follow her mother's pattern of
a single woman having a child. She wants to live a full life -
fast and intense. Ki meets Miko. The difficult relation between those two helps
Ki to grow up and start loving and being responsible for herself and her son.
The organizers of the Venice Days have written that My Name Is Ki is "a unique
portrait of woman, almost an emblem of this edition".
All films were
supported by the Polish Film Institute.
The 68th Venice
International Film Festival starts on August 31st and ends September
GĄSIOROWSKA – POLISH
UPCOMING FILM STAR
Photo still from
“My Name Is Ki” by courtesy of Skorpion Arte
She made her stage debut in 2003 in
Krzysztof Jaworski’s Disco Pigs at Rozmaitości Theatre.
In the same year she started her career on
the big screen with FORECAST FOR TOMORROW (Pogoda Na Jutro) directed by Jerzy
She recently appeared in Xawery Żuławski’s
SNOW WHITE AND RUSSIAN RED (Wojna polsko-ruska) where she showed her yet another
“ZERO” by Paweł Borowski and “Suicide
Room” by Jan Komasa.
The 11. New
Horizons International Film Festival wrapped up on Sunday, 31 July with the Polish
premiere of Pedro Almodóvar's The Skin I Live in.
festival days 483 movies (of which 228 were full-lenght) from 44
countries were shown. 240 of them had their Polish premieries in
Wrocław. There were 542 screenings in total. Around 111 000
spectators participated in the festival.
foreign film directors, actors, producers, sales agents and distributors and
241 Polish guests have come to
Wrocław, among them, the Hungarian director Béla Tarr - creator of the legendary Satan
Tango. He came to present his newest film - The Turin Horse
and run a masterclass for the festival audience.
prominent Korean film director, author of The Bow and Samaritan
Girl, Kim Ki-duk also
came to the festival. The 11. New Horizons IFF was honoured to welcome
award-winning directors such as Bruno Dumont, Anja Breien, German experimental film author Werner
Nekes, Terry Gilliam and
Polish animator Mariusz Wilczyński.
A short visit of Asghar Farhadi, the author of the Golden Bear-winning film Nader and Simin, A Separation surprised the
audience attending the opening ceremony, where the film was screened.
The festival hosted five competitions this
year- New Horizons International Competition,
Films On Art International Competition, New
Polish Films Competition, Polish Short Films Competition and European Short
In the New
Horizons Internatonal Competition the Jury (Anocha Suwichakornpong,
Denis Côté, Hugo Vieira da Silva, Frédéric Boyer, Mariusz Grzegorzek) chose
from 14 films. The festival Grand Prix and 20 000 € prize
was given to Attenberg (Greece 2010) directed by Athina Rachel
Tsangari. Special Award. A special mention was handed to Sándor
Kardos's Gravedigger (A sírásó, Hungary 2010). Brownian
Movement (Netherlands / Germany / Belgium 2010) directed by Nanouk
Leopold won the The International Film Guide award.
For the second time in festival's
history film critics from the International Federation of Film Critics handed the
prestigious FIPRESCI Award to Gravedigger by Sándor Kardos. The FIPRESCI jury included Carmen
Gray, Kira Taszman and Anita Piotrowska.
Audience Award went to the debut of Argentinian director Paula
Markovitch The Prize (El
premio, Mexico / France / Poland / Germany 2011).
In the Films On Art International Competition the Jury (Roe
Rosen, Gaspard Kuentz, Cédric Dupire, Tomasz Budzyński, Werner Nekes) gave
the 10 000 € prize to Arirang (South Korea 2011) directed
by Kim Ki-duk. The Jury gave also a Special Mention to the film Pyuupiru
2001-2008 (Japan 2010) directed by Daishi Matsunagi.
to the awards, Attenberg, Arirang, Gravedigger and The
Prize have guaranteed distribution in Polish cinemas by the New Horizons
Association, the organizer of the festival.
In the New Polish Films
Competition, the Wrocław Film Award (including 100 000 PLN, 60 000 for
the producer, and 40 000 for the director) funded by the president of
Wrocław, by the jury verdict was handed to the film by Anka and Wilhelm
Sasnal It Looks Pretty from a Distance. The prize of the Lower Silesia Voivodeship
Marshall (40 000 PLN) for the best debut was handed to Jan Komasa for
Suicide Room with the verdict of an international jury (Györgi Pálfi, Martin Blaney, Dimitri Eipides).
The European Short Debuts Competition in the category of animation
was won by I Am Round (Jag är rund, Sweden 2011) by Mario Adamson,
the best documentary chosen by the audience was The Chief (Il
Capo, Italy 2010) directed by Yuri Ancarani. The Runaway (La
Huida, Spain 2009) directed by Victor Carrey recieved the most votes in
the category of feature films.
In the Polish Short Films Competition winners were chosen
by the audience. Shivering Trunks directed by Natalia Brożyńska
was named the best animation. 3 Days Of Freedom directed by Łukasz
Borowski was the best documentary, while Basia From Podlachie
by Aleksander Dembski won the title of the best fiction.
11.New Horizons IFF held retrospectives of Terry Gilliam, Andrzej Munk, Jack
Smith, Bruno Dumont, Mariusz Wilczyński, Werner Nekes. The audience had a
chance to take a closer look at the Norwegian cinema and especially on the work
of Anja Breien in the Norway Expanded cycle. In the Midnight Madness
section the audience enjoyed 'Round Midnight cult films. For the first
time Japenese pink movies were shown to the Polish audience.
was full of meetings with directors, critics, artists, discussion panels and
lectures. A special place was created for film professionals - 170 industry
guests were present in Wrocław, among them programmers from Berlinale,
Rotterdam, Cannes, Venice, Thessaloniki, Toronto, Hong-Kong, Leeds, Edinburgh
and Cottbus film festivals, as well as buyers, producers and sales agents.
companies present at the festival were Trust Nordisk, Memento, Wide Management,
LevelK, Opus Film, Maipo, TVP, Polsat, Canal+, Soda Pictures, Malavida, Second
Run DVD, Best Film and Gutek Film.
For the second
time Wrocław hosted the New Horizons Studio - an initiative for young
film professionals, designed to explain the workings of the international film
market. 22 participants from 5 countries took part in lectures by
renowned speakers, such as Hayet Benkara, Richard Kwietniowski
(writing and directing), Ivana MacKinnon (producing), Ri Chakraborty, Anais
Clanet (Wide Management), Beata Mońka (Canal+) and Hugo Viera da Silva (Swans).
Co-organizers of the workshop were Media Desk Poland and London Film
industry event was the Polish-Norwegian Co-Production Forum, which saw 80
participants - producers, film funds, distributors and buyers - meeting in
Wrocław and discussing 10 projects that could posssibly become
11. New Horizons IFF was acompanied by five
Polish book publications: Behind the Pink Curtain by Jasper
Sharp, Midnight Movies by J. Hoberman and Jonathan Rosenbaum, Norwegian
Cinema (ed. Jan Erik Holst, Paweł Urbanik), Terry Gilliam's Wunderkamera
(ed. Kuba Mikurda) and Animated Blues
of Mariusz Wilczyński (Jerzy Armata).
Horizons IFF was full of music events. On the July 29, 3000 people
participated in a performance of Nick Cave and his band Grinderman.
Everyday, the festival club located in the City Museum at the Arsenal hosted
concerts and DJ sets. The T-Mobile Music Scene has seen shows by the
legendary american hip-hop group, Anti-Pop Consortium and the leaders of the
Norwegian music scene - Jaga Jazzist,
Susanne Sundfør and Supersilent.
festival the following exhibitions were shown: All the Women of the
World Are in Me! - Ane Lan, Pinku eiga - Personal Art - Witold Liszkowski,
Rub your Eyes. From the collection of
New Horizons IFF will be held from 19 till 29 July 2012. Part of the 12th edition will be a review of new
Mexican cinema and a retrospective of its famous representative Carlos
Reygadas. Other retrospectives include films by the Serbian director
Dušan Makavejev, Austrian director Ulrich Seidl and the avant-garde
author Peter Tscherkassky.
festival partner and sponsor was Polska Telefonia Cyfrowa, operator of the
polish T-Mobile network. The main patron was the City of Wrocław. Mercedes was
the official car of the event.
WARSAW: The Play
Poland Film Festival (http://playpoland.org.uk)
will be bring Polish cinema to audiences in Scotland from 2 August to
25 September with screenings in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Sponsored in
part by the Polish Film Institute (www.pisf.pl )
the mobile festival will continue in other UK cities including
Oxford, Birmingham, Liverpool and Belfast until December 2011.
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