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London — Japanese historical drama “Persona Non Grata” has wrapped after shooting entirely in Poland, with Polish cities used as stand-ins for Berlin, Moscow, Tokyo, New York, Bucharest, and Kaunas and Klaipeda in Lithuania.
The film, which is produced by Tokyo-based Cine Bazar, centers on Chiune Sugihara, a Japanese diplomat working in Lithuania, who during World War II saved over 10,000 Jewish people, issuing them with transit visas through Japan to Curacao in the Caribbean.
The film is set in the period from 1934 until 1955, in Europe, Asia and North America. It was filmed entirely in Poland, mainly with Polish crew. Polish company Akson Studio, which recently produced epic war drama “Warsaw 44” and “Walesa: Man of Hope,” a biopic about the Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, was the line producer.
“Persona Non Grata” is directed by Cellin Gluck and features an international cast, composed of Japanese, Polish, French and Russian actors. Chiune Sugihara is »
- Leo Barraclough
Today, the Nobel Peace Prize winner will be announced, but director Errol Morris is using this time for reflection. Once again teaming up with The New York Times, he's created three new short documentary films focusing on past Nobel winners Leymah Gbowee and Lech Walesa, and nominee Bob Geldof. Each doc shares the activists' stories, detailing Gbowee's role as one of the driving forces in ousting Liberian dictator Charles G. Taylor and Walesa's battles for labor rights in Soviet controlled Poland, leading to the downfall of the Soviet Union. And then there's rock star Bob Geldof, behind one of biggest charity efforts ever, Live Aid in 1985, which sought to eliminate famine in Ethiopia. These are all incredible, inspiring stories, so check out "The Dream," "The Shipyward," and "The Moment" below. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“I don’t usually like my own work, but I’m rather proud of these,” tweeted the self-effacing Errol Morris, sharing a link to three new shorts about peace for the New York Times Op-Docs. His eclectic subjects include the Nobel Prize Winners Leymah Gwobee and Lech Walesa, and the nominee Bob Geldorf. Visa hired Morris to shoot the laureates as part of a commercial campaign for the World Cup, and he took the opportunity to conduct extended interviews on activism and widespread change. Head to the Times to view the short documentaries, alongside a long-form introduction by Morris. »
- Sarah Salovaara
Telluride Film Festival organisers have unveiled two late additions to the programme that will premiere in the coming days in a move that could impact on the classification of one Toronto gala screening.
The first is Andrea Di Stefano’s August 30 screening Escobar: Paradise Lost starring Josh Hutcherson and Benicio Del Toro in the tale of an American surfer in Colombia who falls for the drug baron’s niece.
The positioning of the thriller in the Telluride Film Festival invokes the new policy outlined by Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff) top brass with regard to films that receive their world premiere in the Rockies.
Escobar is scheduled to screen in Toronto on September 11. That second-week berth is consistent with Tiff’s edict on the positioning of films that will have received their world premiere in Telluride.
However it remains to be seen whether the film’s status – which at time of writing was categorised on the official »
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“Escobar” stars Benicio del Toro as the notorious drug trafficker alongside “Hunger Games” thesp Josh Hutcherson and Brady Corbet in the new thriller. Stefano, who makes his directing debut, will be on hand for a Q&A.
The four-day festival, which started Friday, already includes the first showings of Reese Witherspoon’s “Wild,” Benedict Cumberbatch’s “The Imitation Game,” Jon Stewart’s “Rosewater” and Mia Wasikowska’s “Madame Bovary.”
Several Cannes titles are also coming to the 41st edition of Telluride — Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher” and Tommy Lee Jones’ frontier drama “The Homesman” — along with Venice Film Festival opener “Birdman, »
- Dave McNary
Festival will also host Lech Walesa for a director’s cut of Walesa: Man of Hope.
The festival in the Czech Republic will also host Nobel Prize winner and former Polish president Lech Walesa, who will attend the festival to introduce the director’s cut of Walesa: Man of Hope, Andrzej Wajda’s 2013 biopic of the iconic leader.
Friedkin, director of The Exorcist, The French Connection and more recently Killer Joe, will receive the festival’s the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Artistic Contribution to World Cinema and present a restored version of his 1977 action-adventure Sorcerer.
Also attending the festival as part of a tribute to their work will be Us production and management company Anonymous Content, whose founder Steve Golin and producer and manager Michael Sugar will present films they and »
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Lech Walesa, the man who founded Poland's Solidarity movement and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize and become the country's first post-Communist president, will present a special screening of the director's cut of Andrzej Wajda's tribute to him, Walesa: Man of Hope, in July at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival. Actors Robert Wieckiewicz and Agnieszka Grochowska -- who play Walesa and his wife Danuta -- will attend a red carpet gala screening of the premiere of the biopic, created specially for the festival. Czech petroleum company Unipetrol, part of fest sponsor Orlen Group, supported the creation of the director's cut,
- Nick Holdsworth
London — Nobel Prize winner and former Polish President Lech Walesa will attend the Karlovy Vary Film Festival to introduce the world premiere of the director’s cut of Andrzej Wajda’s “Walesa: Man of Hope,” which was created especially for the festival.
The premiere will also be attended by the pic’s lead actors Robert Wieckiewicz and Agnieszka Grochowska. The director’s cut was created with the support of Unipetrol, part of Orlen Group, which is among the fest’s partners.
Walesa is one of the key figures of modern European history. The film follows his transformation from an ordinary worker into the charismatic leader of the Solidarity trade union movement. In 1980 he led a strike at the shipyard in Gdansk, and fought for workers’ right to assemble. When martial law was declared in 1981, he was imprisoned and put in isolation. In 1983, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
- Leo Barraclough
The Lincoln Leadership Prize, awarded annually by the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, honors outstanding individuals for a lifetime of service in the spirit of 16th President Abraham Lincoln. Honorees are described as those who manifest great strength of character, individual conscience, and an unwavering commitment to the defining principles of democracy. Steven Spielberg will receive the award during a dinner March 19 at the Hilton Chicago, presented by Sally Field. ”This is an extraordinary honor. For me, Lincoln’s unprecedented commitment to the cause of democracy is one of the most important examples of leadership our nation has ever seen,” said Spielberg. “I am humbled to receive an award that embodies both his legacy and the profound contributions he made to this country.” Previous honorees include President Bill Clinton, former Polish President Lech Walesa, Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Astronaut James A. Lovell Jr., and »
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The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation will award Steve Spielberg its annual Lincoln Leadership Prize.
“We are pleased to present this year’s Lincoln Leadership Prize to Steven Spielberg, who brings socially relevant issues to the forefront of our minds through the medium of film,” said Wayne W. Whalen, chairman of the foundation. “Additionally, his long-time commitment to philanthropic endeavors exemplifies President Lincoln’s conscience and spirit, making him truly deserving of this award.”
Spielberg, a partner at DreamWorks Studios, directed “Lincoln,” which received 12 Academy Award nominations and won Oscars for Daniel Day-Lewis for Best Actor and Best Production Design. He also established The Righteous Persons Foundation and the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, now the USC Shoah Foundation, »
- Dave McNary
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