PRAGUE: The 10th edition of the East European Forum at the 14th Jihlava IDFF (www.dokument-festival.cz ) brings a significant change to the pitching sessions held each year for the international documentary film professionals. Instead of a series of general discussions following project pitches, the participants will sit at smaller Feedback Round Tables that will enable the authors of projects to have direct discussions with commissioning editors interested in their work.
WARSAW: The production stage has just ended for the first part of the Warsaw 1935 trilogy, an ambitious project of 3D reconstruction of the Polish capital.
Kaunas International Film Festival in cooperation with the Hungarian Film Institute and Hungarian Cultural Institute in Tallinn will present a retrospective of the famous and unique Hungarian filmmaker and screenwriter Béla Tarr. The organisers are glad to announce that Béla Tarr has confirmed his participation in person at the Kaunas Film Festival. Seven films will be screened during the Festival, including the exclusive seven-hour black comedy Satantango (1994), which brought the director worldwide fame. The film has been screened in Lithuania only once and is often described as one of the most important works of cinema of the 1990s which expanded the boundaries of the language of film and inspired multiple filmmakers. The film follows the scheme of tango - six steps forward and six backwards - takes the viewer to a desolate post-communist Hungarian village, where time has stopped under a never-ending rain, while solitary residents struggle to break free from slumber. They wait and they hope for Someone to come, wake them up and resume life. And Someone does come... Satantango won the "Caligari" award in the 1994 Berlin International Film Festival in Germany, "Age d'Or" award in Brussels International Film Festival in Belgium, and a special prize in the Hungarian Film Week in Budapest, Hungary. "Kaunas Film Festival has from the beginning tried to make retrospectives that show the main traces of film history", said Tomas Tengmark, programmer of Kaunas International Film Festival. "Béla Tarr is one of the most prominent European filmmakers. Since the first film Family Nest to the latest The Man from London, with films like Werckmeister Harmonies and Satantango, he has created his own film language." "No doubt Béla Tarr is a unique filmmaker. Even if his films rarely appear on the screens not only in Lithuania, many filmmakers unanimously title Béla Tarr a visionary and cite his works as a source of inspiration. We are looking forward to meeting this legendary director in person", said Ilona Jurkonytė, director of Kaunas International Film Festival. "His relation both with the cinematic reality and the living reality is capturing, compelling and challenging. This is how I felt when I first saw Béla Tarr's films - I accepted the challenge and was left maybe slightly disturbed, but in the end rewarded at the same time. When presenting the programme of Kaunas Film Festival we obey a strict rule - we believe in the viewer and his readiness to watch films measured with spiritual standards." The retrospective will cover Béla Tarr's early works including dramas Family Nest (Családi tűzfészek, 1979), Prefab People (Panelkapcsolat, 1982), Almanac of Fall (Öszi almanach, 1984), and Damnation (Kárhozat, 1987) that show marginalised characters and bring up social issues of the 1980s. It will also include later films of Béla Tarr focusing on metaphysical issues, puzzles of human nature, solitude, spiritual derangement and disability. The Festival's screens will welcome the Werckmeister Harmonies (Werckmeister harmóniák, 2000) and The Man from London (A Londoni férfi, 2007) with Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton. The latter film tells about a switchman who unexpectedly witnesses a crime. The mystical criminal drama was nominated for the "Palm d'Or" award in the 2007 Cannes Film Festival. The author's films can be distinguished for non-linear stories, semi-documentary style, dark, long and hypnotic takes, black and white film, and the recurring motif of rain. Béla Tarr's latest film is expected to premiere this year. The unique visual language of the filmmaker, who describes European culture as a combination of Russian sentimentality, Hungarian sadness and Portuguese melancholy, has inspired a number of famous authors, including Susan Sontag, Gus Van Sant and Jim Jarmusch. The 4th Kaunas International Film Festival will take place on October 1-17 in film theatres "Forum Cinemas", "Pasaka" and "Skalvija" in Kaunas and Vilnius. The Festival's programme will be announced shortly. For more information about the festival please visit: www.kinofestivalis.lt
The EFA Selection 2010
It is with great pleasure that the European Film Academy and EFAProductions gGmbH announce the titles of the 46 films on this year'sEuropean Film Awards 2010! With 32 countries represented, the list onceagain illustrates the great diversity in European cinema.In the 20 countries with the most EFA Members, these members have votedone national film directly into the selection list. To complete the list,a Selection Committee consisting of EFA Board Members and invited expertsGunnar Bergdahl (Sweden), Pierre-Henri Deleau (France), Stefan Kitanov(Bulgaria), Derek Malcolm (UK), and Nikolaj Nikitin (Germany) has includedfurther films.In the coming weeks, the 2,300 members of the European Film Academy willvote for the nominations in the different award categories. Thenominations will then be announced on 6 November at the Sevilla EuropeanFilm Festival in Spain.The 23rd European Film Awards with the presentation of the winners willtake place in Tallinn/Estonia on 4 December.The European Film Awards 2010 are presented by the European Film Academye.V. and EFA Productions gGmbH with the support of European Capital ofCulture Tallinn 2011, Estonian Ministry of Culture, the City of Tallinn,Estonian Cultural Endowment, Enterprise Estonia, Estonian PublicBroadcasting, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival and BDG.
Tallinn and Berlin, 9 September 2010
European Film Awards 2010The Selection -
3 SEZÓNY V PEKLE3 SEASONS IN HELLCzech Republic, 110 min.written and directed by Tomáš Mašinproduced by Monika Kristl
ANOTHER YEARUK, 129 min.written and directed by Mike Leighproduced by Georgina Lowe
BALHONEYTurkey/Germany, 103 min.directed by Semih Kaplanoğluwritten by Semih Kaplanoğlu & Orçun Köksalproduced by Semih Kaplanoğlu & Johannes Rexin
CARLOSGermany, France, 318 min.directed by Olivier Assayaswritten by Olivier Assayas & Dan Franck based on an original idea byDaniel Leconteproduced by Daniel Leconte, Jens Meurer & Judy Tossell
CELDA 211CELL 211Spain / France, 114 min.directed by by Daniel Monzónwritten by Jorge Guerricaechevarría & Daniel Monzónproduced by Emma Lustres, Borja Pena, Juan Gordon & Álvaro Augustín
LE CONCERTTHE CONCERTFrance, 122 min.directed by Radu Mihaileanuwritten by Radu Mihaileanuproduced by Alain Attal
DES HOMMES ET DES DIEUXOF GODS AND MENFrance, 120 min.directed by Xavier Beauvoiswritten by Etienne Comar & Xavier Beauvois
EU CAND VREAU SA FLUIER, FLUIERIF I WANT TO WHISTLE, I WHISTLERomania, 94 min.directed by Florin Serbanwritten by Catalin Mitulescu & Florin Serbanproduced by Catalin Mitulescu
FILM SOCIALISMEFILM SOCIALISMSwitzerland, 102 min.written and directed by Jean-Luc Godardproduced by Ruth Waldburger
DIE FREMDEWHEN WE LEAVEGermany, 119 min.written and directed by Feo Aladagproduced by Feo Aladag & Züli Aladag
THE GHOST WRITERFrance/Germany/UK, 128 min.directed by Roman Polanskiwritten by Robert Harris & Roman Polanskiproduced by Robert Benmussa, Alain Sarde & Roman Polanski
GIULIAS VERSCHWINDENJULIA'S DISAPPEARANCESwitzerland, 87 min.directed by Christoph Schaubwritten by Martin Suterproduced by Marcel Hoehn
HONEYMOONSSerbia/Albania, 95 min.directed by Goran Paskaljevicwritten by Goran Paskaljevic & Genc Permetiproduced by Goran Paskaljevic & Genc Permeti
I0, DON GIOVANNII, DON GIOVANNIAustria/Italy/Spain, 120 min.directed by Carlos Saurawritten by Carlos Saura, Raffaelo Uboldi & Alessandro Valliniproduced by Andrea Occhipinti, Andres Vicente Gomez & Igor Uboldi
Как я провелэтим летом (KAK YAPROVEL ETIM LETOM)HOW I ENDED THIS SUMMERRussia, 124 min.written and directed by Alexei Popogrebskyproduced by Roman Borisevich & Alexandr Kushaev
KAWASAKIHO RŮŽEKAWASAKI'S ROSECzech Republic, 95 min.directed by Jan Hřebejkwritten by Petr Jarchovskýproduced by Rudolf Biermann & Tomas Hoffman
KENJACDONKEYCroatia, 94 min.written and directed by Antonio Nuićproduced by Boris T. Matić
LEBANONIsrael, 94 min.written and directed by Samuel Maozproduced by Moshe Edery, Leon Edery, David Silber, Uri Sabag, EinatBickel, Benjamina Mirnik & Illan Girard
LOURDESAustria / France / Germany, 99 min.written and directed by Jessica Hausnerproduced by Martin Gschlacht, Philippe Bober & Susanne Marian
MAMMA GÓGÓIceland, 88 min.written and directed by Fridrik Thor Fridrikssonproduced by Gudrun Edda Thorhannesdottir & Fridrik Thor Fridriksson
MINE VAGANTILOOSE CANNONSItaly, 116 min.directed by Ferzan Ozpetekwritten by Ivan Cotroneo & Ferzan Ozpetekproduced by Domenico Procacci
MY QUEEN KAROBelgium/the Netherlands, 101 min.directed by Dorothée van den Berghewritten by Dorothée van den Berghe in collaboration with Peter van Kraaijproduced by Frank Van Passel, Bert Hamelinck & Frans Van Gestel
NA PUTUON THE PATHBosnia & Herzegovina/Austria/Germany/Croatia, 100 min.written and directed by Jasmila Žbanićproduced by Damir Ibrahimović, Bruno Wagner, Barbara Albert, KarlBaumgartner, Raimond Goebel, Leon Lučev
LA NOSTRA VITAOUR LIFEItaly, 98 min.directed by Daniele Luchettiwritten by Sandro Petraglia, Stefano Rulli & Daniele Luchettiproduced by Riccardo Tozzi, Giovanni Stabilini & Marco Chimenz
NOTHING PERSONALthe Netherlands, Ireland, 85 min.written and directed by Urszula Antoniakproduced by Reinier Selen & Edwin van Meurs
NOWHERE BOYUK, 98 min.directed by Sam Taylor-Woodwritten by Matt Greenhalghproduced by Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae, Kevin Loader
ONDINEIreland, 111 min.written and directed by Neil Jordanproduced by James Flynn & Neil Jordan
PAHA PERHEBAD FAMILYFinland, 95 min.written and directed by Aleksi Salmenperäproduced by Aki Kaurismäki
PÁL ADRIENNADRIENN PÁLHungary, 136 min.directed by Ágnes Kocsiswritten by Ágnes Kocsis & Andrea Robertiproduced by Ferenc Pusztai
LA PRIMA COSA BELLATHE FIRST BEAUTIFUL THINGItaly, 116 min.directed by Paolo Virziwritten by Francesco Piccolo, Francesco Bruni & Paolo Virziproduced by Fabrizio Donvito, Marco Cohen, Benedetto Habib
PÜHA TÕNU KIUSAMINETHE TEMPTATION OF ST.TONYEstonia, 114 min.written and directed by Veiko Õunpuuproduced by Katrin Kissa
DER RÄUBERTHE ROBBERAustria/Germany, 96 min.directed by Benjamin Heisenbergwritten by Benjamin Heisenberg & Martin Prinzproduced by Michael Kitzberger, Nikolaus Geyrhalter, Markus Glaser,Wolfgang Widerhofer & Peter Heilrath
REWERSTHE REVERSEPoland, 101 min.directed by Borys Lankoszwritten by Andrzej Bartproduced by Jerzy Kapuściński & Wojciech Kabarowski
Cчастье моё(SCHASTYE MOYE)MY JOYGermany/Ukraine/the Netherlands, 127 min.written and directed by Sergei Loznitsaproduced by Heino Deckert & Oleg Kokhan
SEBBESweden, 80 min.
written and directed by Babak Najafiproduced by Mimmi Spång & Rebecka Lafrenz
EL SECRETO DE SUS OJOSTHE SECRET IN THEIR EYESSpain/Argentina, 129 min.directed by Juan José Campanellawritten by Eduardo Sacheri & Juan José Campanellaproduced by Gerardo Herrero, Mariela Besuievsky & Juan José Campanella
SLOVENKASLOVENIAN GIRLSlovenia, 90 min.directed by Damjan Kozolewritten by Ognjen Sviličić, Matevž Luzar & Damjan Kozoleproduced by Danijel Hočevar
SOUL KITCHENGermany, 99 min.directed by Fatih Akinwritten by Fatih Akin & Adam Bousdoukosproduced by Fatih Akin & Klaus Maeck
SUBMARINODenmark, 110 min.directed by Thomas Vinterbergwritten by Tobias Lindholm & Thomas Vinterbergproduced by Morten Kaufmann
TAMARA DREWEUK, 111 min.directed by Stephen Frearswritten by Moira Buffiniproduced by Alison Owen, Tracey Seaward & Paul Trijbits
TESSERA MAVRA KOUSTOUMIAFOUR BLACK SUITSGreece, 90 min.written and directed by Renos Haralambidisproduced by Aggelo Veneti, Iraklis Mavroidis, Takis Nikolakopoulos & ArisDayios
TOURNEEON TOURFrance, 111 min.directed by Mathieu Amalricwritten by Mathieu Amalric, Philippe Di Folco & Marcelo Novais-Telesproduced by Yael Fogiel
L’UOMO CHE VERRÀTHE MAN WHO WILL COMEItaly, 117 min.directed by Giorgio Dirittiwritten by Giorgio Diritti, Giovanni Galavotti & Tania Pedroniproduced by Simone Bachini & Giorgio Diritti
UPPERDOGNorway, 95 min.written and directed by Sara Johnsenproduced by Christian Fredrik Martin & Asle Vatn
DE VLIEGENIERSTER VAN KAZBEKTHE AVIATRIX OF KAZBEKthe Netherlands/Georgia, 104 min.directed by Ineke Smitswritten by Arthur Japinproduced by Els Vandevorst
ZAD KADARVOICE OVERBulgaria, 107 min.directed by Svetoslav Ovcharovwritten by Hristo Totev & Svetoslav Ovcharovproduced by Galina Toneva & Kiril Kirilov
A rich and varied crop of 46 films are in the running for the 23rd European Film Awards nominations, 11 of them from Central and Eastern Europe and Turkey
The 6th edition of the Baltic Event Co-Production Market will take place from 1-3 December during the Black Nights Film Festival and right before the European Film Academy Awards ceremony in Tallinn, making this one of the best years to present your project from the Baltic Countries, Central and Eastern Europe, Russia, and Scandinavia. The deadline for entries is 15 September.
Pitch.Doc, a documentary pitching session which will take place 8-10 December during the 11th Tbilisi film festival (www.tbilisifilmfestival.ge), is open for project submissions. The event is a two-day training session for documentary projects in the development phase.
The axis of the festival program is the four competitions: Opus Bonum for world documentaries of innovative themes and high aesthetic quality; Between the Seas presents high quality films from the countries of Central and Eastern Europe; Czech Joy surveys the newest Czech filmmaking; and the Fascinations section focuses on the marginal or even hybrid form of the documentary film - experimental documentary. Further program sections introduce the current events at the Czech as well as the international documentary scene. Translucent Beings are the retrospective profiles of remarkable filmmakers.
One of the most awaited Polish films of 2010 has won the best artistic contribution at the 34th Montreal World Film Festival (www.ffm-montreal.org), where it had its international premiere. The most recent work of Jan Jakub Kolski, one of the most popular Polish directors and screenwriter of Jasminum and Pornography, is a magical story about 11-year-old Marek who recreates a plan of a floating city in his basement in order to shut out the outbreak of war in 1939.
Jarek Rybus has begun shooting a multimedia experiment fusing film and the Web is in his new documentary about the Polish blog community. "The film is an attempt to look at the Polish bloggers," said Rybus, "and answer the question: Are they another branch of the authorities in Poland nowadays?"
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