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1983 (2018) Teaser Trailer: A Terrorist Attack in 1983 Poland Keeps the Iron Curtain up for Decades [Netflix]

1983 Trailer Netflix‘s 1983 (2018) TV show trailer stars Robert Wieckiewicz, Maciej Musial, Michalina Olszanska, Andrzej Chyra, and Zofia Wichlacz. 1983‘s plot synopsis:”The deeply frozen Cold War is heating up. Twenty years after a devastating terrorist attack in 1983 that halted the course of Poland’s liberation and the subsequent downfall of the Soviet Union, an idealistic [...]

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Movie Review – The Last Witness (2018)

The Last Witness, 2018.

Directed by Piotr Szkopiak.

Starring Alex Pettyfer, Talulah Riley, Robert Wieckiewicz, Will Thorp, Gwilym Lee, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, and Michael Gambon.

Synopsis:

Journalist Stephen Underwood uncovers a conspiracy on an international scale – the Katyn massacre – when he begins investigating the unusually high rate of suicides among Polish veterans resettled in England after the Second World War.

From the writing team of Paul Szambowski and Piotr Szkopiak, and directed by Szkopiak, comes The Last Witness, a film examining the cover-up of the 1940 Katyn massacre in Poland. For years, Allied forces were reluctant to publicly blame the Soviet Union for the murder of up to 22,000 Polish officers following Nazi Germany’s invasion of Poland from the west and Soviet occupation in the east, lest tensions flare again (and further) in the aftermath of World War Two.

The Last Witness takes place in England’s West Country in 1947, where local journalist
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'A Wrinkle in Time' and 'Tomb Raider' Come Home, Plus This Week's New Digital HD and VOD Releases

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and/or own this week via various Digital HD providers such as cable Movies On Demand, FandangoNOW, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, Google Play and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical Annihilation The Last Witness   Digital HD: Rent from $4-$7 or own from $13-$20 (HD may cost more than Sd). Check with your favorite Digital HD provider to see if the same movies listed above on cable Mod are also...
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Review: ‘The Last Witness’ is a Predictable Post-wwii Drama

Soviet secret police began a series of mass executions circa 1940 of Polish citizens they knew would reject foreign occupation upon WWII’s completion. Some of the resulting graves were discovered in the Katyn Forest three years later with more found elsewhere totaling 22,000 bodies. Because of the diplomatic relations necessary to join the Allied nations with the “enemy-of-my-enemy” Ussr, official word on the Katyn massacre stated Nazi Germany was to blame. This lie was crafted with obvious intentions: America and Britain needed to placate Joseph Stalin and the Soviets needed Poland to retain a modicum of good will towards their new rulers by manufacturing a worse villain. Writer/director Piotr Szkopiak’s grandfather was one of the innocents murdered and The Last Witness is his way of honoring their memory.

He and co-writer Paul Szambowski have built their historical fiction as a means of exposing the horrific lengths all these different
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Movie Review – Dark Crimes (2018)

Dark Crimes, 2018.

Directed by Alexandros Avranas.

Starring Jim Carrey, Martin Csokas, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kati Outinen, Vlad Ivanov, Agata Kulesza, Robert Wieckiewicz, Piotr Glowacki, and Zbigniew Zamachowski.

Synopsis:

A murder investigation of a slain businessman turns to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime. Based on the 2008 article “True Crimes – A postmodern murder mystery” by David Grann.

If someone were to tell you that the latest Jim Carrey movie sees him as a Polish police detective investigating an unsolved murder of a VIP (the film isn’t really concerned with details about this apparent businessman) who frequently visited sex dungeons, it would be difficult to blame you for assuming it’s the latest in his line of kooky comedies featuring animated performances built on goofy facial expressions and voice accents. Oddly enough, those typical Jim Carrey tics do exist in this much more quiet and nuanced
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Jim Carrey & Marton Csokas in First Trailer for Thriller 'Dark Crimes'

"We have a suspect - a crime writer..." "I think the book is your confession." Saban Films has released an official trailer for a dark crime thriller titled, of course, Dark Crimes. The title is a variation of the title for the original article this is based on in the New Yorker, called "True Crime", subtitle "A postmodern murder mystery." Dark Crimes stars Jim Carrey as a detective who gets involved in a case where a Polish author killed someone in real life the same way as in one of the fictional crime novels he wrote. Marton Csokas plays the author, and the cast includes Charlotte Gainsbourg, Kati Outinen, Vlad Ivanov, Agata Kulesza, Robert Wieckiewicz, and Piotr Glowacki. This loos quite dark and mysterious, but also quite good, I'm intrigued. Especially by Carrey's fierce, bearded performance in this. I really want to check it out. Here's the official trailer (+ new
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Alex Pettyfer in First Trailer for Post-wwii Thriller 'The Last Witness'

"He dragged you into all of this, not me." Momentum has debuted a trailer for a post-wwii thriller titled The Last Witness, from director Piotr Szkopiak. In the film, Alex Pettyfer stars as an "ambitious young journalist" who uncovers the true story of a horrific slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers during WWII, shot by Stalin's secret police shortly after the Nazi invasion of Poland. The film seems to feature flashbacks in addition to the main storyline set later on, with Pettyfer trying to uncover the truth. The full cast includes Michael Gambon, Talulah Riley, Robert Wieckiewicz, and Will Thorp. This seems quite good, but oddly it's going out straight-to-vod without any festivals premieres, so I'm not too sure. Take a look below. Here's the first official trailer (+ poster) for Piotr Szkopiak's The Last Witness, direct from YouTube: An ambitious young journalist (Alex Pettyfer) uncovers the horrific slaughter of 22,000 Polish officers during the Second World War.
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Exclusive first-look: Alex Pettyfer in Katyn thriller 'The Last Witness'

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Exclusive first-look: Alex Pettyfer in Katyn thriller 'The Last Witness'
Exclusive: Talulah Riley joins cast of political thriller now underway in UK.

Shoot is underway in the West Midlands, England, on political thriller The Last Witness, starring Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four).

Talulah Riley (Westworld) has joined the production alongside Robert Wieckiewicz (In Darkness), Piotr Stramowski (Pitbull), Henry Lloyd Hughes (Now You See Me 2) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter). Director is Piotr Szkopiak (The Coroner).

Pettyfer plays Stephen Underwood, a journalist who uncovers the horrific murder of 22,000 Poles under Stalin’s instructions, though for many years the blame for the killing was placed on the Nazis.

At the time, information about the Katyn Massacre, as it came to be known, was covered up by both the British and Us governments in view of the delicate relationship with Russia during and after the war.

Riley plays Jeanette Mitchell, a Junior Commander in the Auxiliary Territorial Service who is also Underwood’s lover.

The film is
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Afm: Alex Pettyfer to lead Katyn thriller 'The Last Witness'

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Exclusive: Gfm Films to launch world sales on post-war thriller about the mass murder of 22,000 Poles.

Alex Pettyfer (I Am Number Four) is to lead cast in post-wwii thriller The Last Witness alongside Robert Wieckiewicz (In Darkness) and Michael Gambon (Harry Potter).

In writer-director Piotr Szkopiak’s (The Coroner) feature, Elvis & Nixon actor Pettyfer will play Stephen Underwood, a journalist who uncovers the horrific murder of 22,000 Poles under Stalin’s instructions, though for many years the blame for the killing was placed on the Nazis.

At the time, information about the Katyn Massacre, as it came to be known, was covered up by both the British and Us governments in view of the delicate relationship with Russia during and after the war.

Shoot is due to commence November 7, 2016 in locations throughout the UK. Carol Harding will produce and Krzysztof Solek and Pettyfer will co-produce.

UK sales outfit Gfm will launch the project at this week’s Afm in
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2015 Was an Outstanding Year for Co-Productions and Foreign Films Shooting in Poland

2015 was a successful year regarding the quantity and quality of foreign productions shot in Poland. At the beginning of the year, Anne Fontaine (“Coco Before Chanel,” “Perfect Mothers”) filmed a French-Polish co-production “Agnus Dei” in Warmia, which premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. The film features Polish and French actresses among others Lou de Laage, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek and Joanna Kulig.

In the spring, the crew of a Polish-German-French-Belgian co-production about the life of Maria Sklodowska-Curie (dir. Marie Noelle) spent 20 days on the set in among others Lodz, Leba and Krakow. The cast is international, and the film is made in French. The Polish Nobelist is portrayed by Karolina Gruszka (“Oxygen”).

The summer brought about increased activity of German producers. A Zdf TV show, “Ein Sommer in…” was filmed in two resort towns in the north-eastern Poland – Mikolajki and Mragowo. Ard and Tvp collaborated on the set of "Polizeiruf 110" ("Police Call 110"), which was filmed in July and August among others in a Polish border-town – Swiecko. Also in July began the shooting of a new part of detective TV series "Der Usedom-Krimi" filmed on both the Polish and German side of the Usedom island.

However, a true influx of foreign productions took place in the autumn. American-Polish thriller “Chronology” was filmed in Poznan. The cast includes William Baldwin (TV series "Gossip Girl," "Adrift in Manhattan") and Danny Trejo (“Machete,” “From Dusk till Dawn”).

The Goetz Palace in Brzesk, in Malopolska hosted filmmakers from India who for six days were shooting “Fitoor,” an Indian adaptation of Dickens's “Great Expectations.” The crew consisted of over 40 Indians and almost 80 Poles. Another crew from India – this time from the so-called Kollywood in the south of the country – spent twenty days on the set in various Polish locations (among others Zakopane, Walbrzych, Krakow, Leba). The film titled “24” features Surya, a Tamil superstar, in the main role.

The autumn months were also very intensive in Lodz with three simultaneous big film sets. Andrzej Wajda (“The Promised Land,” “Walesa. Man of Hope”) worked on his new film “Powidoki”; Opus Film, the producer of “Ida”, organized for an Israeli partner eleven-day shoot to a film set in 1970s – “Past Life,” directed by Avi Nesher; and American director Martha Coolidge (“The Prince and Me,” TV shows “Sex and the City,” “The Twilight Zone,” “Weeds”) filmed her project “Music, War and Love,” whose producer is among others Fred Roos known from such films as “Apocalypse Now,” “The Godfather” or “Lost in Translation.” The picture features Adelaide Clemens (“The Great Gatsby”), Connie Nielsen (“Gladiator”), Toby Sebastian (“Game of Thrones”) and Stellan Skarsgård (“Nymphomaniac”).

The end of the year was also very successful for Malopolska and Krakow. Two movies were filmed in the region – an American-British biography of Martin Luther commissioned by PBS with Padraic Delaney (“The Wind that Shakes the Barley,” “The Tudors”) in the main role; and a feature titled “True Crimes” starring two-time winner of a Golden Globe – Jim Carrey (“The Truman Show,” “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” “The Mask”) as the protagonist. The crew spent 32 days on the set in Krakow. The picture was directed by Greek Alexandros Avranas (“Miss Violence”), written by Jeremy Brock (“Brideshead Revisited,” “The Last King of Scotland”), and produced by Brett Ratner (“X-Men 3: the Last Stand,” TV series “Rush Hour”). Accompanying Jim Carrey were Charlotte Gainsbourg (“Nymphomaniac,” “Antichrist”); Marton Csokas (“The Lord of the Rings: the Return of the King,” “The Amazing Spider-Man 2”) and Polish actors Agata Kulesza (“Ida”) and Robert Wieckiewicz (“Walesa. Man of Hope”).

The first information about productions planned for 2016 has already been released. In January, Krakow will host the crew of French black comedy “Grand Froid,” Gérard Pautonnier's debut featuring Jean-Pierre Bacri (“The Taste of Others,” “Let It Rain”), Olivier Gourmet (“Rosetta,” “The Son”) and Arthur Dupond (“Bus Palladium”). The project won the first edition of the Krakow International Film Fund.
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First images from ‘True Crimes’, the drama/thriller starring Jim Carrey

A batch of first images from the upcoming 2016 drama-thriller True Crimes starring Jim Carrey, have just been released online through Imgur.

The film is still filming and is directed by Alexandros Avranas (Miss Violence). It revolves around a murder investigation of a slain business man that who to clues found in an author’s book about an eerily similar crime. It is based on a 2008 article in the New Yorker. Jeremy Brock (The Last King Of Scotland) wrote the screenplay.

Here’s a brief excerpt from the oopening paragraph of the source material.

In the southwest corner of Poland, far from any town or city, the Oder River curls sharply, creating a tiny inlet. The banks are matted with wild grass and shrouded by towering pine and oak trees. The only people who regularly trek to the area are fishermen—the inlet teems with perch and pike and sun bass.
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Heaven Knows What takes top Tokyo prize

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Heaven Knows What takes top Tokyo prize
Audience Award won by Pale Moon with the film’s Rie Miyazawa named best actress.

The 27th Tokyo International Film Festival (Tiff) wrapped tonight with Josh and Benny Safdie’s Us-France co-production Heaven Knows What winning the Tokyo Grand Prix. The top award comes with a cash prize of $50,000.

The co-directors also took Award for Best Director ($5,000) with their film about young junkies struggling to survive in New York. Heaven Knows What was an Asian premiere in Tokyo after Venice, Toronto and New York.

The Special Jury Prize ($20,000) went to Bulgaria-Greece co-production The Lesson directed by Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov.

Rie Miyazawa took the Best Actress award ($5,000) for her performance in Pale Moon, a world premiere title which also picked up the Audience Award ($10,000).

Directed by Daihachi Yoshida (The Kirishima Thing), the film was the only Japanese work in competition and drew pleased buzz from hard-pressed festival-goers looking for good Japanese films in the selection.

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Wide starts presales on Solstice

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Wide starts presales on Solstice
Wroclaw New Horizons roundup: works in progress include Close Ups and I, Olga Hepnarova.

Wide Management has begun presales on the Polish-German co-production Summer Solstice by Michal Rogalski which was one of 10 Polish films featuring in this year’s works in progress showcase at the Polish Days during Wroclaw’s New Horizons International Film Festival.

Producer Maria Golos of Prasa Film said that German theatrical distribution for the €2.5m film, which is set in Poland after the Nazi defeat during the Second World War, will be handled by Farbfilm.

Separately, Leszek Budzak of the young production company Aurum Film revealed that Jacek Lusinski’s second feature Carte Blanche will be released early next year by Kino Swiat in Poland.

Based on the true story of a history teacher who is losing his sight, the lead part of the teacher is cast with the ubiquitous Polish actor Andrzej Chyra.

Magdalena Piekorz’s third feature psychological drama Close Ups was
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Polish Days: Wide starts presales on Solstice

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Polish Days: Wide starts presales on Solstice
Wroclaw New Horizons roundup: works in progress include Close Ups and I, Olga Hepnarova.

Wide Management has begun presales on the Polish-German co-production Summer Solstice by Michal Rogalski which was one of 10 Polish films featuring in this year’s works in progress showcase at the Polish Days during Wroclaw’s New Horizons International Film Festival.

Producer Maria Golos of Prasa Film said that German theatrical distribution for the €2.5m film, which is set in Poland after the Nazi defeat during the Second World War, will be handled by Farbfilm.

Separately, Leszek Budzak of the young production company Aurum Film revealed that Jacek Lusinski’s second feature Carte Blanche will be released early next year by Kino Swiat in Poland.

Based on the true story of a history teacher who is losing his sight, the lead part of the teacher is cast with the ubiquitous Polish actor Andrzej Chyra.

Magdalena Piekorz’s third feature psychological drama Close Ups was
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Everybody Drinks In The First Trailer For The Strong Angel Inn (Pod Mocnym Aniolem)

Wojciech Smarzowski's (Rose, The Dark House) latest feature is an excruciating tale about one man's persistent fight with a consumptive addiction and about love that can help his life get back to normal. Smarzowski's films are always controversial but Pod Mocnym Aniolem, based on Jerzy Pilch's award wining novel of the same title (loosely translated as The Strong Angel Inn), is boldly advertised as his most shocking and most meaningful picture yet.Jerzy (Robert Wieckiewicz) is a writer and an alcoholic. We meet him when he believes that he can actually win with his addiction. He falls in love with a young girl and finally feels that he has someone to live for. Unfortunately, he can't resist the temptation and one day goes straight to a...

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Ida triumphs in Warsaw

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Ida triumphs in Warsaw
Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida scored a second top festival prize in one night, after success in London.

The international jury of the Warsaw Film Festival has awarded the City of Warsaw Grand Prix to Pawal Pawlikowski’s Ida, which won Best Film at the BFI London Film Festival on the same night.

The black-and-white film set in the 1960s, which the international jury praised for “the superb combination of script, directing, cinematography, acting and music”, also received the prize of the Ecumenical Jury in Warsaw.

Speaking to ScreenDaily after the awards ceremony, producer Ewa Puszczynska of Lodz-based Opus Film said the film will be released on 90 screens in Poland this Friday (Oct 25) by distributor Solopan Spólka.

Fandango Portobello Sales is handling international distribution, and Music Box Films are planning the North American release for the second quarter of 2014. It debuted at Toronto last month.

Puszczynska was joined on stage to receive the Grand Prix by the non-professional
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Film News: ‘My Sweet Pepper Land’ is Top Film at 2013 Chicago International Film Festival

Chicago – The 2013 49th Annual Chicago International Film Festival and Michael Kutza – Festival Founder and Artistic Director – announced the competition award winners at a ceremony in the ‘W’ Hotel City Center on October 18th. The Gold Hugo for Best Film went to “My Sweet Pepper Land,” from Iraq, France and Germany.

Kutza made the announcements along with Mimi Plauché, Head of Programming, Programmers Alex Kopecky and Penny Bartlett, plus members of the various juries who worked evaluating the competition. The W Hotel City Center is near Chicago’s financial district and the Sears (now Willis) Tower. The Festival’s highest honor is the Gold Hugo, named for the mythical God of Discovery.

International Feature Film Competition

My Sweet Pepper Land

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The Gold Hugo for Best Film: “My Sweet Pepper Land” (Iraq/France/Germany), directed by Hiner Saleem

The Silver Hugo – Special Jury Prize: “The Verdict
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Captain Phillips, Enough Said, Escape Plane: this week's new films

Captain Phillips | Enough Said | Escape Plan | Prince Avalance | The Lebanese Rocket Society | Like Father, Like Son | The Broken Circle Breakdown | Turbo | Last Passenger

Captain Phillips (12A)

(Paul Greengrass, 2013, Us) Tom Hanks, Barkhad Abdi, Michael Chernus. 134 mins

No room for Depp-like jollity aboard this pirate tale. Instead, Greengrass brings his usual reportage-style urgency to a true-life Indian Ocean hijack situation. It's tense, credible and intelligent, even if pitting four Somali fishermen against Hanks, a big ship and formidable back-up is a pretty unfair contest – that very imbalance is part of the point.

Enough Said (12A)

(Nicole Holofcener, 2013, Us) Julia Louis-Dreyfus, James Gandolfini, Catherine Keener. 93 mins

Gandolfini's final performance elevates a polished but trifling comedy, centring on a blossoming romance poisoned by an ex-wife.

Escape Plan (15)

(Mikael Håfström, 2013, Us) Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger. 115 mins

The "geriaction" veterans join forces to punch their way out of a high-tech super-prison.

Prince Avalanche (15)

(David Gordon Green,
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Walesa: Man of Hope – review

A full-tilt biopic tribute to the Polish trade-union leader and founder of the Solidarity movement is very enjoyable

At the age of 87, that remarkable Polish film-maker Andrzej Wajda has directed a movie with terrific gusto and a first-rate lead performance from Robert Wieckiewicz. It's a full-tilt biopic tribute to the trade-union leader Lech Wałesa, founder of the Solidarity movement: bullish, cantankerous, with an exasperating charm and the gift of the gab. Wałesa's defiance of Poland's Soviet masters removed the very first brick from the Berlin Wall. Famously, Wałesa was the one subversive trade-union leader whom Margaret Thatcher felt able to love: Arthur Scargill did not enjoy the same admiration.

Wałesa: Man of Hope is a belated companion piece to his Man of Marble (1977) and Man of Iron (1981), respectively about a Stakhanovite bricklayer and his son in Poland; it discloses now an unexpected trilogy, and somehow suggests, in retrospect, that the
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Wałęsa: Man of Hope – review

This biopic tribute to Lech Wałęsa, the Nobel peace prize-winning politician and human rights activist, is an enjoyable look at an unconventional hero

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At the age of 87, that very remarkable Polish film-maker Andrzej Wajda has directed a movie with terrific force and irresistible storytelling gusto – and a first-rate lead performance by Robert Wieckiewicz. It's a full tilt biopic that pays tribute to the trade union leader Lech Wałęsa, founder of the Solidarity movement, a bullish, courageous man, stubborn and cantankerous, with an exasperating charm and the precious gift of the gab. Wałęsa's defiance of Poland's sclerotic Soviet Communist masters and their local apparatchiks removed the very first brick from the Berlin Wall. Famously, Lech Wałęsa was the one subversive trade-union leader that Margaret Thatcher felt able to love. (Arthur Scargill did not enjoy the same admiration.
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