The Plus Camerimage Festival programme this year will abound in a wide variety of riveting filmthemes. The Festival's repertoire will include regular programme items such as MainCompetition, Polish Films Competition, Student Etudes Competition, workshops, seminars,modern film equipment and technologies presentations as well as meetings with eminentcinema personalities. As every year, attendees will be treated to the honorary laureates' oeuvreand the European film industry achievements, including those of Poland. Within the section ofdocumentary films both short and feature length documentaries will be screened and willcompete in two categories, where the festival's as well as the patron's awards will be granted.Music Videos Competition will present music videos from all over the world which have beenselected due to their visual and aesthetic values of an image.
OPENING CEREMONY OF THE FESTIVALOpening Ceremony of the Festival will take place on Saturday, November 28th, and will feature apremiere screening of the film GET LOW with participation of the director Aaron Schneider, thecinematographer David Boyd, the producer Dean Zanuck, representatives of Polish co-productioncompany, TVN: Dariusz Gąsiorowski and Justyna Pawlak as well as Polish executive producer,Konrad Wojterkowski, who will introduce the movie to the audience. Furthermore, GET LOW will bethe first film screened within Plus Camerimage 2009 Main Competition.
THE FESTIVAL HIGHLIGHTPRESENTATION OF FRANK GEHRY'S CONCEPT DESINGWorld famous American architect, an author of the design for Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao or WaltDisney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, will visit the Festival and present his Concept Design forCamerimage Łódź Center, a new festival and congress facility to be built in the New Łódź City Center,next to the David Lynch Studio. Frank Gehry will present the design and together with the FestivalDirector, Marek śydowicz, will ceremonially unveil the models of Camerimage Łódź Center - a uniquecomplex giving Plus Camerimage Festival an opportunity to concentrate all the elements of the Festivalprogramme in the one and only place!MAIN COMPETITION
Main Competition: Over 200 films were submitted to the Competition. Eventually, seventeen films of high visualvalues, produced in 2008 and 2009, were chosen to be screened. International Jury consisting of: Allan Starski(production designer - Europa, Europe, Schindler's List, The Pianist, Oliver Twist), Dean Cundey(cinematographer - Halloween, Back to the Future, Apollo 13, Jurassic Park), Anastas Michos (cinematographer- Duplex, The Education of Little Tree, Man on the Moon, Mona Lisa Smile), Edward Lachman (cinematographer- Erin Brockovich, Far from Heaven, I'm not there, The Virgin Suicides), Igor Luther (cinematographer - The TinDrum, Danton, Handmaid's Tale, Resolution 819) and Phil Meheux (cinematographer - Goldeneye, The Mask ofZorro, Casino Royale, Edge of Darkness) will choose the winners of Bronze, Silver and Golden Frog - Grand Prixof the Festival.
ABOUT ELLYCinematographer: Hossein JafarianDirector: Asghar FarhadiCountry: IranBRIDE FLIGHTCinematographer: Piotr KuklaDirector: Ben SombogaartCountry: Luxembourg, NetherlandsCRACKSCinematographer: John MathiesonDirector: Jordan ScottCountry: UK, IrelandDARK HOUSE, THECinematographer: Krzysztof PtakDirector: Wojtek SmarzowskiCountry: PolandDEPARTURESCinematographer: Takeshi HamadaDirector: Yôjirô TakitaCountry: JapanGET LOWCinematographer: David BoydDirector: Aaron SchneiderCountry: USAI, DON GIOVANICinematographer: Vittorio StoraroDirector: Carlos SauraCountry: Italy, Austria, SpainIMAGINARIUM OF DOCTOR PARNASSUS, THECinematographer: Nicola PecoriniDirector: Terry GilliamCountry: France, Canada, UKLEBANONCinematographer: Giora BejachDirector: Samuel MaozCountry: Germany, France, Israel, LebanonLETTERS TO FATHER JACOBCinematographer: Tuomo HutriDirector: Klaus HäröCountry: FinlandLIFE IN ONE DAYCinematographer: Jasper WolfDirector: Mark De CloeCountry: NetherlandsOXYGENCinematographer: Andrey NaydenovDirector: Ivan VyrypaevCountry: RussiaPOPE JOANCinematographer: Tom FährmannDirector: Sönke WortmannCountry: GermanyPUBLIC ENEMIESCinematographer: Dante SpinottiDirector: Michael MannCountry: USAREVERSECinematographer: Marcin KoszałkaDirector: Borys LankoszCountry: PolandSAMSON AND DELILAHCinematographer: Warwick ThorntonDirector: Warwick ThorntonCountry: AustraliaSINGLE MAN, ACinematographer: Eduard GrauDirector: Tom FordCountry: USAPOLISH FILMS COMPETITIONPolish Films Competition under the patronage of Plus network operator: This section of PLUSCAMERIMAGE will present 8 recent Polish films produced in 2009. During the Festival, selected movies will bejudged by members of an international Jury: Amy Vincent (cinematographer: Eve's Bayou, Hustle & Flow)Bruno Delbonnel (cinematographer: Amelie, A Very Long Engagement), Tony Pierce-Roberts(cinematographer: Howard's End, The Remains of the Day), Roberto Schaefer (cinematographer: FindingNeverland, 007 Quantum of Solace), Umberto Rossi (film critic) and Frederick Elmes (cinematographer: Coffeeand Cigarettes, Night on Earth, Blue Velvet). Both the cinematographer and the director of the best Polish film willbe granted during the Closing Gala of the Festival. The aim of the competition is to confront our domesticproductions with the opinion of foreign artists, professionals and other experts.DARK HOUSE, THECinematographer: Krzysztof PtakDirector: Wojtek SmarzowskiCountry: PolandGENERAL NILCinematographer: Piotr ŚliskowskiDirector: Ryszard BugajskiCountry: PolandI AM YOURSCinematographer: Szymon LenkowskiDirector: Mariusz GrzegorzekCountry: PolandMY FLESH MY BLOODCinematographer: Paweł FlisDirector: Marcin WronaCountry: PolandPIGGIESCinematographer: Petro AleksowskiDirector: Robert GlińskiCountry: Germany, PolandREVERSECinematographer: Marcin KoszałkaDirector: Borys LankoszCountry: PolandSNOW WHITE AND RUSSIAN REDCinematographer: Marian ProkopDirector: Xawery śuławskiCountry: PolandZEROCinematographer: Arkadiusz TomiakDirector: Paweł BorowskiCountry: Poland
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