TALLINN: The Black Nights Film Festival, which runs 15 November – 1 December, will screen 21 films in its Official Selection.
JIHLAVA: Erik Praus’s Slovak documentary about three monks, The Calling / Volanie, screens in the Between the Seas competition of the 23rd Ji.hlava IDFF, which runs through 29 October 2019.
WARSAW: Jan Naszewski’s New Europe Film Sales announced that Film Movement acquired North American rights to Jan Komasa’s drama Corpus Christi. The film is Poland’s Oscar entry.
Austrian producer Gabriele Kranzelbinder will receive the APA World Excellence Award at Ji.hlava IDFF.
24th October, Thursday – 18.00-20.00The Mazovia Institute of Culture– Elektoralna 12
EMiGRA – LITERATURE
18.00-20.00Emigration – Double identity – meeting with the writer Manuela Gretkowska and Brygida Helbig-Mischewski – Polish writer living in Berlin. Excerpts from the author's books will be read by Maria Maj – actress TR Warszawa. The meeting is moderated by Elżbieta Szymańska (MIK) and Romuald Mieczkowski (Vilnius)
25 October, Friday – 18.00 – 22.00The Mazovia Institute of Culture– Elektoralna 12
OPENING OF THE FESTIVAL (invitations only)
18.00Struggle: The Life and lost works of Stanisław Szukalski-dir. Ireneusz Dobrowolski, USA 2018, 115 min.Special guests – Anna and Ireneusz Dobrowolscy, creator of the film about Stanisław Szukalski. The meeting is moderated by film journalist Anna Tatarska
26 October, Saturday – 12.00-22.00The Mazovia Institute of Culture– Elektoralna 12
11.30-13.00Tajemniczy sojusznik / Secret Sharer – dir. Piotr Fudakowski, UK 2014, 103 min.Joseph Conrad or Józef Korzeniowski? – Meeting with Magda Heydel, translator of English literature and author of translations of works by Joseph Conrad. The interview will be conducted by the editor and journalist Wojciech Szot.
14.00-15.30 – special screeningNiebo bez gwiazd / A Sky Without Stars – dir. Katarzyna Dąbkowska, Poland 2018, 52 min.Meeting with the film’s protagonist Robert Zarzecki and Katarzyna Dąbkowska.
EMiGRA – FAR MIDDLE EAST
15.40-17.40Arabic Secret – dir. Julia Groszek, Poland 2019, 65 min.Tożsamość w czasach globalizacji – spotkanie z Haliną Chehab, tłumaczką książki Amina Maaloufa Zabójcze tożsamości i bohaterem filmu Kamilem Filipkiem – prowadzi Monika AntkiewiczIdentity in times of globalization – Meeting with Halina Chehab, the translator Amina Maalouf’s book entitled “Deadly Identity” and the film’s protagonist of the film Kamil Filipek – moderated by Monika Antkiewicz
17.50-18.40Polskie orlęta na pakistańskim niebie / Polish Eaglets Over Pakistan – dir. Anna Teresa Pietraszek, Poland 2008, 51 min.
EMiGRA – KOMEDA
19.00Exile from Paradise – Komeda by Żądło – Concert of Krzysztof Komedy Music performed by Leszek Żądło (Munich)About Komeda, Zośka and others- ameeting with the stepson of Krzysztof Komeda, Tomasz Lachem. The interview will be led by Artur Wolski and Elżbieta Szymańska (MIK)
20.00Komeda – muzyczne ścieżki życia / Komeda. A Soundtack For Life – dir. Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy, Poland 2010, 52 min.
24-27 October, Sala Elektorska MIKKomeda Exhibition – The Calendar of life – Andrzej Rumianowski’s exhibition based on the materials from the archives of Zofia Komedno-Trzcińska transferred to the Museum of Jazz by her son Tomasz Lach
27th October, Sunday – 12.00-17.00The Mazovia Institute of Culture– Elektoralna 12
EMiGRA – EGZOTICA
11.00-11.50Los Polacos –Anna Plaszczyk, Maciej Lubczański, Poland 2008, 24 min. Special guest – Ela Borrell-Alvarez (Cuba/Berlin)
EMiGRA ON A RED CANADIAN COUCH
12.00-13.30Red couch story –Ela Kinowska and Piotr Sobierajski, Canada 2019, 52 min. Special guests – Ela Kinowska (Kyrgyzstan /Canada) and Piotr Sobierajski (Canada)
EMiGRA – SPORT
14.40-15.10Tylko krew / Just Blood – dir. Grzegorz Jankowski, Poland/USA 2019, 27 min. Special guests – Janusz Kozioł i Janusz Pindera. The meeting will be moderated by Sławomir Sobczak (Chicago)
15.50-18.30Gombrowicz. I, genius. I, emigrant – meeting with Klementin Suchanow – author of the biography of Witold Gombrowicz. The interview will be led by Brygida Helbig-Mischewski (Berlin) and Elżbieta Szymańska (MIK)
27th October, Sunday – 19.00-21.00The Mazovia Institute of Culture– Elektoralna 12
Festival Awards ceremony (invitations only)
Barbara Kwiatkowska-Lass in the memories of Leszek Żądło (Munich)
26th October, Saturday – 16.00-20.00Meeting History House – Karowa 20
EMiGRA – HISTORY
16.00Izrael zaczął się w Polsce / Israel Started in Poland – dir. Jan Grzyb, Filip Frąckowiak, TVP Polonia 2018, 56 min. Meeting with the creators of the film – Jan Grzybe and Filip Frąckowiak (TVP Polonia) – Led by Tomasz Kuba Kozłowski (Meeting History House)
18.00Żołnierze niechciani – Błękitna Armia – reż. Piotr Latałło, Polska/USA 2019, 50 min. Spotkanie z twórcami filmu – Maciejem Kuszewskim i Sławomirem Sobczakiem (Chicago) – prowadzi Tomasz Kuba Kozłowski (DSH)
27th October, Sunday at 13.00Meeting History House – Karowa 20
13.00Strajk / Strike – dir. Volker Schlöndorff, Poland/Germany 2007, 104 min. Special guest – Dr. Tomasz Snarski (Gdańsk). The meeting will be led by Tomasz Kuba Kozłowski (DSH)
27th October, Sunday – 12.00-17.00Pożyteczna Cafe – Nowy Świat 58
Pokucka troja – dir. Mirosław Rowicki, Studio Filmowe Kuriera Galicyjskiego, Lviv 2018, 21 min.
Portret / Portrait – dir. Olga Wasilewicz, Belarus/Poland 2019, 11 min.
I stało się pięknem – dir. Sol Janik, Argentina 2019, 62 min.
Podróż / Journey– di. Mariola Wiśniowska, Poland/Germany 2017, 12 min.
My Womb – dir. Martina Trepczyk, Austria 2018, 4 min.
Gdy prysły zmysły - Magdalena Marszałkowska and Małgorzata Wojcieszyńska, Austria/Slovakia 2018, 5 min.
Walc dla motyla – realizacja Magdalena Marszałkowska and Małgorzata Wojcieszyńska, Austria/Slovakia 2019, 5 min.
Zaćmienia / The Blackouts– dir. Oliwia Tonteri, Jerem Tonteri, Finland 2018 , 53 min.
Phantom – dir. Sebastian Królak, UK/Italy 2018, 10 min.
Cudzoziemcy w Powstaniu Warszawskim / Foreigners in the Warsaw Uprising – dir. Małgorzata Brama, Poland 2018, 38 min.
Lot do wolności / Flight To Freedom – dir. Grzegorz Linkowski, TVP 2019, 52 min.
Pomiędzy / In Between – dir. Monika Meleń, TVP 2018, 19 min.
The organizers reserve the right to change the program.
WARSAW: FNE has teamed up with the Brussels based team of the International Union of Cinemas (UNIC) to bring you regular updates on EU cinema policies that impact all industry professionals across Europe. Click here for FNE UNIC EU Cinema Policy Update.
EU Budget 2021-2027
09/10: Communication: Time to decide on the Union’s financial framework for 2021-2027 – European Commission
The European Commission’s contribution to the European Council meeting on 17-18 October 2019
Finnish Presidency of the Council of the EU
18/10: Finland presented work on implementation of EU Strategic Agenda – eu2019.fi
The European Council discussed the follow-up to the Strategic Agenda for 2019–2024 in Brussels on 18 October 2019. Finland is now the first presidency to integrate the priorities of the Agenda, adopted in June, into the Council’s practical work. Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne informed the EU leaders of the progress made in the implementation.
European Audiovisual Observatory (EAO)
09/10: The independence of media regulatory authorities in Europe - EAO
Europe’s main piece of media legislation – the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD) – was recently revised and a new version entered into force last autumn. This new AVMSD introduces an obligation for EU member states to designate one or more independent national regulatory authorities to oversee the broadcasting and audiovisual media sector in Europe.
10/10: Just ahead of BREXIT deadline, UK once again named the largest audiovisual market in greater Europe – EAO
European Audiovisual Observatory publishes 2018 Data on Audiovisual Media Services in Europe from the Mavise Database.
24 October: Second Shadow Rapporteurs’ meeting, Creative Europe Programme, Brussels (TBC) 4 November: UNIC/Europa Distribution/FERA/FIAD Screening, Brussels 4-5 November: CULT Committee meeting, Brussels 5 November: Second Copyright Stakeholders’ Dialogue, Brussels 5-6 November: Voices of Culture Structured Dialogue on Gender Balance in the Cultural & Creative Sectors Dialogue Meeting with the European Commission, Brussels 6 November: Optional fourth technical interinstitutional meeting, Creative Europe Programme, Brussels 6-7 November: IMCO Committee meeting, Brussels 6-7 November: JURI Committee meeting, Brussels 11-12 November: ITRE Committee meeting, Brussels 21-22 November: Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council, Brussels 1 December: European Commission comes into office (TBC)
EUIPO - IPR-intensive industries and economic performance in the European Union - September 2019 EAO - Amazon is the biggest buyer of EU films for SVOD release outside of Europe - September 2019 European Parliament - Research for CULT Committee - Culture and creative sectors in the European Union – Key future developments, challenges and opportunities
VILNIUS: Fake Millionaire / Pats Sau Milijonierius from Lithuanian writer/director Tadas Vidmantas had a strong opening weekend in Lithuania, taking in 311,000 USD / 280,000 EUR since its opening on 18 October 2019.
Fourth edition of Czech Joy in the Spotlight is once again organized by Czech Film Fund / Czech Film Center and Ji.hlava International Documentarty Film Festival (24. - 29. 10. 2019). The presentation and short previews of 10 brand new Czech documentaries will be held for Industry pass holders on Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM in the Industry Zone, Lighthouse, Masarykovo náměstí.
directed by: Viera Čákanyováproduced by: Hypermarket FilmCZ, SK 2019 / 73 min
A documentary essay, a requiem for the vanishing species of Homo sapiens. Through the stories of three protagonists, the film maps the situation before the turning point, the last period when we are still human - in the old, nostalgic sense of the word. What are the attributes that characterize us and what are the motivations of people who want to change them and take them to the next level?
SCREENINGS & CONTACT
I WANT YOU IF YOU DARE
directed by: Dagmar Smržováproduced by: moloko filmCZ 2019 / 84 min
A film about disabled women and their desires. The story is spiced by the extrovert nature of the heroines and the controversial situations they are captured in. The main character, Jana, 27, has DMO and can’t move. She’s been searching for intimate assistants on the Internet for a long time, wanting to experience love making and have at least a sense of normal life. Her mother, instead of stepping out of a vicious circle of unsuccessful relationships and addictions, seeks help for herself, Jane and her second daughter, blind Katherine, in dark powers and tarot cards.
KINGS OF SUMAVA
directed by: Kris Kellyproduced by: BionautCZ, IR 2019 / 70 min
An animated documentary feature film tells the remarkable story of Josef Hasil, an ordinary man who became a legend. This is a never-before-told tale of adventure and espionage, of heroism and moral choices that explores the struggle of one man against an authoritarian regime and the sacrifices he had to make.
KIRUNA - A BRAND NEW WORLD
directed by: Greta Stocklassaproduced by: Analog VisionCZ 2019 / 87 min
Apocalyptic depiction of an area literally engulfed by the mining industry is presented in this documentary that observes the eponymous northern Swedish city, part of which was abandoned due to activities in the nearby iron mine. The mining company’s management decided not to halt profitable mining activities and instead made the decision to move the residents of the threatened district. Using footage shot in the city inside the Arctic Circle and directly in the mines, the director has uncovered subtle film imagery, and using the stories of three protagonists now living in a bizarre inter-time, imaginatively addresses the topics of resettlement, tradition, and respect for a particular location.
directed by: Barbora Berezňákováproduced by: Leon Productions (SK), Frame Films (CZ)SK, CZ 2019 / 82 min
After the Velvet Revolution in 1989, Slovakia was ruled by charismatic and autocratic Prime Minister Vladimír Mečiar. In 1995, the president’s son, Michal Kováč Junior, was abducted; it soon became clear that the abduction was probably ordered by the highest government circles. Oskar Fegyveres, who worked for the Slovak Information Service back then and who participated in the abduction by order of his superiors, testified to the police about the role of the secret service in the case. Since he did not feel safe, he fled abroad. He communicated with his family through his friend Robo Remiáš. Less than a year after the abduction, Robo died under unclear circumstances in a car explosion...
directed by: Artemio Benkiproduced by: Artcam FilmsCZ, FR, AR, AT 2019 / 84 min
Martín P. is a young Argentinean piano virtuoso and composer, who has been since his breakdown four years ago a patient of El Borda, the largest and the most notable but also controversial psychiatric hospital in Latin America. The child prodigy and the most promising talent of his generation is now trying to find a way how to overcome his mental disease and come back to life outside the walls of the asylum and on the concert stages, while working on his new composition Enfermaria. Solo tells unique, yet universal story about the obsession with perfection and creation, narrating the evolution of a human being who draws his strength from his own fragility.
THE SOUND IS INNOCENT
directed by: Johana Ožvoldproduced by: Cinémotif FilmsCZ, FR, SK 2019 / 68
The Sound Is Innocent is a playful and poetic journey through the history of the electronic sound. The music is a game. And for creating the electronic music the main tool and toy is an instrument. Our guide in this musical playground is Johana, music composer and director of this film. For her, electronic music allows a wide range of free artistic expression. But how to find a direction in this seemingly endless space? She decides to set off on an odyssey to find out some advices. Johana escapes into the dreamlike space beyond time, the world of imagination. It is a recording studio; an almost mythical space where we visit contemporary representatives of different music movements and approaches towards a musical instrument.
COMMUNISM AND THE NET OR THE END OF REPRESENTATIVE DEMOCRACY
directed by: Karel Vachekproduced by: Background FilmsCZ 2019 / 335 min
A new film essay by Karel Vachek is a collage composed of staged passages of utopian and contemporary literature, his own memories as well as tableaux of world events. Apart from Vachek, actors also present texts and become opponents, partners, an ancient chorus and a modern voice band reciting amongst the hundreds of books in libraries. And to boot, music plays and jollity is the order of the day.According to Vachek the next revolution will take place on the internet and bureaucrats will only carry out tasks which have been approved by citizens in referendums. And it will be no idyllic stroll. Even the French Revolution was horrific. But nonetheless - thanks to it we became citizens.
directed by: Radovan Síbrtproduced by: PINKCZ 2019 / 80 min
What would you do with your life, if you knew that you have a limited time ahead of you? Much shorter than an average life? Members of The Tap Tap - a music band made up of physically disabled - or rather crippled as they would call themselves - students of Jedlička Institute in Prague have a pretty clear idea. They want to live and enjoy every single minute of it. The Tap Tap orchestra shows how to confront difficulties and obstacles. And above all, how to have fun in your life. The members of the band are strong personalities with a direct attitude to life. They drink, smoke, curse, love, as long as they enjoy it. The film explores the spirit of survival and the wild lust for life against all the odds.
VIDEO VIVA, VIVA VIDEO
directed by: Adéla Komrzýproduced by: UPPCZ 2019 / 85 min
The film happens to be directed by the granddaughter of Radek Pilař, well known creator of beloved Czech children animated series such as Rumcajs and somewhat less known as a pioneer of video art in Czechoslovakia. The documentary brushes the dust off of those old VHS tapes to get a glimpse of early electronic images in our country and uncover the yet unmapped history of pre-revolution Czech video art. Decades later they all “videists” still share their enthusiasm, obsessive curiosity, and futuristic visions about the use of new technologies for artistic expression.
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