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6 items from 2014


Heaven Knows What takes top Tokyo prize

31 October 2014 6:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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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- hjnoh2007@gmail.com (Jean Noh)

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‘Heaven Knows What’ Wins Top Tokyo Prize, Japan’s ‘Pale Moon’ Takes Audience Award

31 October 2014 1:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tokyo — Joshua and Benny Safdie’s gritty New York drug scene drama “Heaven Knows What” was awarded the Tokyo Grand Prix on Friday at the closing ceremony of the Tokyo International Film Festival’s 27th edition, which unspooled Oct. 23-31.

Jury head, James Gunn said “I loved the movie and I’m excited about the futures of all the filmmakers involved with it.” The two Safdies also scooped the best director award. 

The special jury prize went to “The Lesson,” a drama about a teacher in a Bulgarian elementary school by another directing duo, Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov

The winner of the best actor prize was Robert Wieckiewicz, who played an alcoholic writer in Polish director Wojtek Smarzowski’s “The Mighty Angel,” while the best actress award went to Rie Miyazawa for her turn as an embezzling bank employee in Daihachi Yoshida’s “Pale Moon.” The film, the only »

- Mark Schilling

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Wide starts presales on Solstice

1 August 2014 5:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Polish Days: Wide starts presales on Solstice

1 August 2014 5:54 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

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 »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Lech Walesa to Present Director's Cut of Andrzej Wajda-Directed Biopic at Karlovy Vary Fest

28 April 2014 3:15 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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,

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Lech Walesa to Present Director’s Cut of ‘Walesa: Man of Hope’ at Karlovy Vary Film Fest (Exclusive)

28 April 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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.

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