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Polish Days, Wroclaw: industry highlights

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Polish Days, Wroclaw: industry highlights
New projects revealed, including thriller described as “David Lynch meets Ken Loach”.

New films by internationally feted Polish filmmakers Jan Komasa, Kuba Czekaj and Dorota Kedzierzawska were among 20 projects presented to sales agents, distributors and festival programmers at the sixth edition of the Polish Days (8-10 August) during this week’s New Horizons International Film Festival in Wroclaw.

Komasa - who made his feature debut with Suicide Room - and his producer Leszek Bodzak of Aurum Film (The Last Family) pitched the contemporary social drama Corpus Christi which is based on screenwriter Mateusz Pacewicz’s first screenplay for cinema.

The €1m project is being structured as a Polish-French co-production and will begin principal photography in spring 2018.

Bodzak also presented a second feature project, Borys Lankosz’s thriller Dark, Almost Night, which he described as “David Lynch meets Ken Loach”, to begin shooting this autumn with The Last Family’s Dawid Ogrodnik and Aleksandra Konieczna in the cast
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Polish Days titles announced for New Horizons

Polish Days titles announced for New Horizons
Polish showcase to highlight 26 movies.

Polish Days (August 8 - 10), the showcase of national films at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival (August 3 - 13) in Wroclaw, Poland, has announced twenty-six titles this year.

Among six completed films are Andrzej Jakimowski’s Once Upon a Time in November and Maciej Sobieszczański’s The Reconciliation.

Eleven films will be presented at the pitchings event while nine films will be presented in the work-in-progress section.

Around 150 guests from Poland and abroad are expected to attend the event in Wrocław, which has been organized since 2013 in co-operation with the Polish Film Institute.

Projects presented in past years include Spoor, The Last Family, The Birds Are Singing in Kigali and All These Sleepless Nights.

New Horizons is being held two weeks later in the calendar this year to accomodate incoming sporting event The World Games, meaning the Polish festival coincides with the Locarno Film Festival for the first time.

Full list of
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'Bpm (Beats per Minute)' among 2017 Lux Film Prize finalists

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10 films selected for award announced at Karlovy Vary.

The films selected for the 11th edition of the European Parliament’s Lux Film Prize have been revealed at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff).

At an event hosted at Karlovy Vary’s Grandhotel Pupp on Sunday (July 2), the 10 films were unveiled by Helga Trüpel, vice chair of the committee on culture and education, Martina Dlabajova, vice chair of the committee on budgetary control, Bogdan Wenta, member of the committee on culture and education and Doris Pack, Lux Film Prize coordinator.

The films are:

The Last Family (Ostatnia Rodzina), Jan P. Matuszyński (Poland)Glory (Slava), Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov (Bulgaria, Greece)Western, Valeska Grisebach (Germany, Bulgaria, Austria)King Of The Belgians, Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth (Belgium, Netherlands, Bulgaria)A Ciambra, Jonas Carpignano (Italy, Brazil, United States, France, Germany, Sweden)Bpm (Beats per Minute), Robin Campillo (France)Heartstone, Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson (Iceland, Denmark)Sámi Blood
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‘Love Your Neighbor,”Amparo,”Corpus Christi’ Shine at Paris Coproduction Village

Paris– Sharon Bar-Ziv’s “Love Your Neighbor,” the Israeli helmer’s follow up to “Room 514,” Simon Mesa Soto’s feature debut “Amparo” and Polish helmer Jan Komasa’s “Corpus Christi” were the highlights at the 4th Paris Coproduction Village which wrapped on Thursday.

Headed by Pierre-Emmanuel Fleurantin and Jeremy Zelnik, this edition of the Paris Coproduction Village showcased 12 projects in development looking for French and European co-producers, sales agents and financiers.

“Corpus Christi” turns on Daniel, a 20-year old man who comes out of a Youth Detention Center with the dream of becoming a priest. After facing rejection due to his troubled past, Daniel comes across a local Parish parish priest who suffers from alcoholism and needs his help.

Komasa is one of Poland’s best-known contemporary filmmakers. He previously directed the mini-series “Blood of the Blood,” and the critically-acclaimed films “Warsaw 44” and “Suicide Room.”

Citing “Warsaw 44,” Zelnik said Komasa was one of Poland’s rare directors
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Wojciech Smarzowski's 'Hatred' Scoops Top Prizes at Polish Film Awards

Wojciech Smarzowski's 'Hatred' Scoops Top Prizes at Polish Film Awards
Hatred (Wołyń) by Wojciech Smarzowski was tapped as the year's best film at the Polish Eagles, the country's main film awards and local equivalent of the Oscars, at a ceremony Monday in Warsaw.

Smarzowski also took home the best director award for Hatred, a love story set against the backdrop of World War II.

The film earned the highest number of nominations, 14, and ended up receiving eight awards, including for best photography, editing and music.

Robert Bolesto, writer of Jan P. Matuszyński's The Last Family (Ostatnia rodzina), collected best screenplay honors, while the movie's stars, Aleksandra...
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New Directors/New Films 2017 Line-Up Includes ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe,’ ‘Lady Macbeth,’ and More

One of the best festivals during the first half of the year is The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New Directors/New Films, which kicks off its 46th year this March, running from the 15th to the 26th. With last year’s line-up including some of the year’s best films, including Cameraperson, The Fits, Kaili Blues, Neon Bull, Weiner, and more, we can expect many more discoveries this year.

Opening with Patti Cake$ and closing with Person to Person, in between will be one of our favorite films from Sundance as the centerpiece, Beach Rats. Also among the line-up is a handful of other festival favorites, including The Dreamed Path, The Giant, Menashe, and Lady Macbeth.

“Authenticity is an elusive thing these days, and without it we risk ruin. This is particularly true in cinema,” says Rajendra Roy, the Celeste Bartos Chief
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2017 New Directors/New Films Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe’ and More

2017 New Directors/New Films Announces Full Lineup, Including ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Menashe’ and More
The Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center has today announces their complete lineup for the 46th annual New Directors/New Films (Nd/Nf), running March 15 – 26. Dedicated to the discovery of new works by emerging and dynamic filmmaking talent, this year’s festival will screen 29 features and nine short films. This year’s lineup boasts nine North American premieres, seven U.S. premieres, and two world premieres, with features and shorts from 32 countries across five continents.

The opening, centerpiece, and closing night selections showcase three exciting new voices in American independent cinema that all recently debuted at Sundance: Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$” is the opening night pick, while Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats” is the centerpiece selection and Dustin Guy Defa will close the festival with “Person to Person.” Other standouts include “Menashe,” “My Happy Family,” “Quest” and “The Wound.”

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New Directors/New Films 2017: ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Person to Person’ Lead Slate

New Directors/New Films 2017: ‘Patti Cake$,’ ‘Beach Rats,’ ‘Person to Person’ Lead Slate
New Directors/New Films, the annual New York festival of work by emerging filmmakers presented by the Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, has set a 2017 lineup of 29 features and nine shorts that includes Geremy Jasper’s “Patti Cake$,” Eliza Hittman’s “Beach Rats” and Dustin Guy Defa’s “Person to Person” in prominent slots.

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All three films premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. “Patti Cake$,” about a Jersey girl’s quest to become a rapper, will open the festival, while ensemble comedy “Person to Person” — with a cast that includes Abbi Jacobson and Michael Cera — will close it. Brooklyn-set sexual-awakening tale “Beach Rats” screens as the centerpiece.

“Patti Cakes$” turned heads at Sundance when it emerged from the festival with a $9.5 million distribution deal with Fox Searchlight, while new indie label Neon nabbed “Beach Rats.
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Polish Film Awards Nominations Revealed

Polish Film Awards Nominations Revealed
The nominations for the Polish Eagles, the country's main film award and local equivalent of the Oscars, were announced on Tuesday.

Jestem mordercą (I'm a Killer) by Maciej Pieprzyca, Ostatnia rodzina (The Last Family) by Jan P. Matuszyński, which won awards at Locarno, Chicago and Denver international film festivals, and Wołyń (Hatred) by Wojciech Smarzowski are to compete in the best film nomination.

Hatred, a WWII love story, earned the highest number of nominations ,14 in total, including best director, best actor, best actress, best screenplay and the discovery of the year.

It is followed by The Last...
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Bulgarian Feature ‘Godless’ Takes Home Locarno’s Golden Leopard

Bulgarian Feature ‘Godless’ Takes Home Locarno’s Golden Leopard
For the first time since 1970, a Balkan feature is taking home the Golden Leopard. Gritty Bulgarian-Danish-French co-production “Godless,” by debuting features helmer Ralitza Petrova, will be sailing into Sarajevo’s main competition this week proudly displaying Locarno’s Golden Leopard, awarded Saturday evening at the conclusion of the 69th Locarno Film Festival. The jury, presided over by Arturo Ripstein, gave its Special Jury prize to Romania’s “Scarred Hearts,” a ’30s-set, formally rigorous drama by Radu Jude, whose previous film “Aferim!” took home the Silver Bear at last year’s Berlinale.

For best director, the jury gave its nod to cult helmer João Pedro Rodrigues, whose “The Ornithologist” is a handsomely made, highly personal and delightfully inventive riff on the legends of St. Anthony of Padua. The acting prizes were divided between Irena Ivanova, for her role in “Godless” as a corrupt medical aide awakening to her humanity, and veteran performer Andrzej Seweryn,
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Locarno Film Festival 2016: ‘Godless’ Wins Top Jury Prize, ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Takes Audience Award

Locarno Film Festival 2016: ‘Godless’ Wins Top Jury Prize, ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Takes Audience Award
The 69th annual Locarno Film Festival finally concluded after eleven days and screenings of 279 films, and awarded its Palmarès. The Golden Leopard went to “Godless,” a first feature from Bulgaria’s Ralitza Petrova. The film portrait of the criminal underbelly of Bulgaria also took home Best Actress for Irena Ivanova.

The fest jury awarded João Pedro Rodrigues Best Director for “O Ornitólogo.” Romanian director Radu Jude won the Special Jury Prize for his film “Inimi Cicatrizate” (Scarred Hearts), which was inspired by the 1937 Max Blecher novel.

Read More: João Pedro Rodrigues’ ‘The Ornithologist’ Will Blow Your Mind — Locarno Review

The public favorite, Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” about a UK retiree struggling to obtain medical assistance from the state, won the Audience Award; at Cannes, Indiewire’s Eric Kohn dubbed the film “Loach’s best movie in years.”

Read More: Cannes Review: Why ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is Ken Loach
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'Godless' triumphs in Locarno

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'Godless' triumphs in Locarno
Bulgarian drama won the Golden Leopard as well as Best Actress for star Irena Ivanova.

Bulgarian director Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature Godless has won the top prize, the Golden Leopard, at the 69th Locarno Film Festival.

The drama also took the Best Actress award for Irena Ivanova’s performance as a nurse looking after elderly patients with dementia in a remote Bulgarian town.

In addition, the production by Klas Film’s Rossitsa Valkanova with Denmark’s Snowglobe and France’s Alcatraz Films and Film Factory, received the Ecumenical Jury’s Prize, which comes with a cash award of $20,500 (CHF20,000).

The screenplay for Godless - which is being handled internationally by Greek-based Heretic Outreach - had been supported by Torino FilmLab’s FrameWork, Sarajevo’s CineLink and the Women in Film Finishing Fund in Los Angeles.

“This prize was unusual among juries because it was a unanimous decision between all the members of our team,” the International
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