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'Toni Erdmann' takes top prizes at the European Film Awards

'Toni Erdmann' takes top prizes at the European Film Awards
Germany’s Oscar hopeful wins five major awards in Wroclaw at politically charged ceremony.

Toni Erdmann has been voted the best European film of 2016 at the European Film Awards in Wroclaw.

More than 3,000 members of the European Film Academy - filmmakers from across Europe - voted at this year’s awards ceremony.

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The comedy also picked up awards for best European Director (Maren Ade), European Actress (Sandra Hüller), European Actor (Peter Simonischek) and European Screenwriter (Maren Ade).

The top prize for Toni Erdmann marked the first time in the EFAs’ 29-year history that the Best European Film award went to a female director as Maren Ade pointed out on accaccepting the evening’s final statuette with her partners Jonas Dornbach and Janine Jackowski of their production company Komplizen Film.

Swedish comedy drama A Man Called Ove was voted best European comedy, while there were also wins for Fire At Sea
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CentEast Market unveils works-in-progress projects

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Selection includes the debut feature from the editor/Dop of The Tribe.

The ten titles selected for the 11th CentEast Market works-in-progress presentations.

Nine feature fiction films and one documentary are among selected projects that will be presented in Warsaw (Oct 16) before travelling to CentEast Moscow (Oct 19) and then the Beijing Film Market (April 2016), in the framework of China-Eastern Europe Film Promotion Project/CentEast in Beijing

Highlights include the untitled first feature of Valentyn Vasyanovych, the Ukrainian editor and director of photography on multi-award winner The Tribe.

Kazakh director Adilkhan Yerzhanov (The Owners) will present his latest project, The Plague at the Karatas Village, alongside producer Olga Khlasheva.

Romanian producer Dan Burlac (4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days) will present the second feature of Gabriel Achim (Adalbert’s Dream), dark comedy The Last Day.

The second feature directed by Slovak producer Michal Kollar of Fog’n’ Desire Films, The Red Captain is an adaptation of a bestselling Slovak novel, featuring
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Regret! wins Young Efa award

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Regret! wins Young Efa award
Young juries in 17 European cities select Dutch film by Dave Schram.

School bullying drama Regret! (Spijt!), from Dutch director Dave Schram, has won the European Film Academy Young Audience Award 2014.

The film was selected by more than 1,000 children aged 12-14 in cities ranging from Barcelona and Bratislava to London and Tel Aviv.

Having watched the three nominated films on Young Audience Film Day, the young cinema-lovers had the opportunity to discuss the films before electing their favourite. The results were then reported live via video conference to Erfurt (Germany) where Polish actor Maciej Stuhr moderated the awards ceremony transmitted online as a live stream.

Young speakers from the German jury presented the award to Schram who thanked the audience and expressed his hope that the film may help to do something to combat bullying.

Now in its third year, this special initiative includes a network of nine partners: BFI British Film Institute, Centre for Educational
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Critics Get Behind Controversial Polish Drama 'Aftermath' (Trailer)

Critics Get Behind Controversial Polish Drama 'Aftermath' (Trailer)
A critical groundswell is afoot for the controversial Polish drama "Aftermath," which hit theaters in New York November 1, and comes to La this weekend. Never heard of it? Here's what you need to know:The film centers on two brothers, Jozek (Maciej Stuhr) and Franek (Ireneusz Czop) who discover a secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation. Franek, the older brother, returns home to Poland after many years living in Chicago and discovers that his younger brother is being mysteriously threatened and shunned by local townspeople. What follows is a gothic tale of intrigue as the brothers are drawn into investigating the village's dark secrets.Upon its release in Poland, "Aftermath" received intense criticism from Polish nationals, who accused the film of being "anti-Polish propaganda" and a gross manipulation of historical truth. It has so incensed
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Aftermath (Pokłosie) | Review

When Józef (Maciej Stuhr) returns to Poland after disappearing to the United States 20 years prior, he quickly discovers that his brother Franek (Ireneusz Czop) has become the black sheep of the quaint Polish village where they were born and raised. As it turns out, Franek has taken it upon himself to unearth hundreds of Jewish gravestones, thus dredging up a local history that the townspeople would rather keep buried. Rather than convincing his brother to stop antagonizing his neighbors, Józef becomes intrigued by the mystery and joins his brother's cause. Józef and Franek seem to be fatefully drawn to this quest, as if a higher power has chosen them to reveal the deepest, darkest secrets of their village's past. It is definitely best for me to not divulge what they discover, but their findings do forever alter the history of their nation. There are a lot of Polish people who
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Aftermath Review

One of the new wave of holocaust expose’s that probes beneath the surface to expose little known factors and factotums. Like still waters that run deep, “Aftermath” is an atmospheric triumph that will be too slow for most American audiences. Not that this is not a great film. It is a great film, but it is too studied and framed and there is not enough plot progression to keep the audience engaged. The screenplay is the story of two brothers, Jozek (Maciej Stuhr) and Franek (Ireneusz Czop). Franek returns home to Poland after many years of living in America to find his formerly quiet, peaceful and friendly town full of unspoken hatred and misgivings directed at him and his
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Cagey and Cryptic, Aftermath Examines the Futility of Attempting to Undo a Wrong

Cagey and Cryptic, Aftermath Examines the Futility of Attempting to Undo a Wrong
"We won't make the world a better place, but at least we won't make it worse," says Franciszek Kalina (Ireneusz Czop) to his younger brother, Józef (Maciej Stuhr), near the climax of Wladyslaw Pasikowski's Aftermath. That stark cynicism permeates Pasikowski's unsettling historical drama. The story is simple — two siblings in a Polish village gradually learn of their kin and neighbors' barbaric Jew-baiting during the Holocaust — but what gives Aftermath its peculiar strain of portent is Pasikowski's consistent suggestion of the futility of bold, desperate attempts to undo a wrong.

Not only are there not heroes in Aftermath, there's not even a cut-and-dry protagonist. The director has lifted the material from both Jan T. Gross's 2000 boo...
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Controversial Polish drama Aftermath gets trailer and images

Watch the trailer and see images from Aftermath directed and written by Wladyslaw Pasikowski, starring Maciej Stuhr, Ireneusz Czop, Zuzana Fialova, Andrzej Mastalerz, Zbigniew Zamachowski and Danuta Szaflarska. From Meneshma Films, the release hits theaters in New York on November 1st followed by a Los Angeles release date on November 15th, 2013. Franek and Jozek Kalina, sons of a poor farmer, are brothers from a small village in central Poland. Franek immigrated to the United States in the 80’s, and cut all ties with his family. Only when Jozek’s wife arrives in the Us, without explanation, does Franek finally return to his homeland.
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Manhunt / Oblawa (2012) Movie Trailer: Marcin Krzysztalowicz

Manhunt Trailer, Oblawa Trailer. Marcin Krzysztalowicz‘s Manhunt / Oblawa (2012) movie trailer stars Marcin Dorocinski, Maciej Stuhr, Sonia Bohosiewicz, Weronika Rosati, and Andrzej Zielinski. Manhunt‘s plot synopsis: “Set around the end of WWII in a mysterious forest…Manhunt intertwines several plots: Corporal Wydra’s mission to assasinate a spy – Kondolwiecz, who turns out to be an [...]

Continue reading: Manhunt / Oblawa (2012) Movie Trailer: Marcin Krzysztalowicz
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European Film Awards 2009: Presenters and Guests

Scheduled presenters at the 2009 European Film Awards, to be held later this evening in Bochum, Germany, are: Actresses Victoria Abril (Spain), Caterina Murino (Italy), Johanna ter Steege (the Netherlands), María Valverde (Spain), and actors Detlev Buck (Germany), Jesper Christensen (Denmark), Ben Kingsley (UK), Maciej Stuhr (Poland), and Anatole Taubman (Switzerland). Also, documentary director Nino Kirtadzé (France/Georgia), actor/director Aksel Hennie (Norway), and director/actor Branko Djuric (Bosnia & Herzegovina). And finally, Gottfried Langenstein, President of Arte, Viviane Reding, EU Commissioner for Information, Society and Media, and Efa President Wim Wenders. Among the expected guests are actresses Hannelore Elsner (Germany), Krystyna Janda (Poland), and Julia Jentsch (Germany), and directors Roland Emmerich and Sönke Wortmann. Plus award winners Peter Liechti (Efa [...]
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