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The Polish Film Institute is credited with having spawned a renaissance in local filmmaking over the past decade, but some filmmakers are concerned that its independence could be eroded and creative freedom compromised.
The ruling Law and Justice Party has been trying to extend its influence within cultural and media organizations, such as public broadcaster Tvp, in order to promote its conservative and nationalist outlook.
Filmmakers like Agnieszka Holland, whose “Spoor” plays in Berlin’s competition, and Pawel Pawlikowski, who won a foreign-language Oscar with 2013’s “Ida,” fear that if the Polish Film Institute is forced to toe the ideological line as well, the creativity of the sector may not continue to flourish.
“As in all post-communist countries in Europe the private sector is extremely weak and so filmmakers are dependent on the state, so when the state establishes some kind of censorship it is very difficult to find another source of financing, »
- Leo Barraclough
"Blurs the line between documentary and fiction like few films before it." The Orchard has released a trailer for a film from last year's Sundance Film Festival, titled All These Sleepless Nights, a Polish docu-drama about the wild lives of carefree youngsters growing up in Poland. The film follows students Kris (Krzysztof Baginski) and Michal (Michal Huszcza) across two summers in Warsaw, who experience life to the limit spending all night at clubs and parties around the city. Described by The Film Stage as "a music-filled ode to the ever-shifting bliss and angst of youth", this seems like a mesmerizing portrait of what life is like growing up in Europe in this day and age. This trailer is amazing, I'm totally into this and really, really want to see it. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Michal Marczak's All These Sleepless Nights, from YouTube: A new era is coming, »
- Alex Billington
As I get ready to head out to Park City for another Sundance, a new trailer for one of my favorites from last year’s festival, Michal Marczak‘s All These Sleepless Nights, has arrived. A beautiful journey as we float through the music-filled lives of youth in Warsaw, The Orchard will release the film this spring, following a screening as part of Lincoln Center’s Film Comments Selects. The new U.S. trailer for the winner of the directing award in its World Cinema – Documentary category at Sundance, gorgeously evokes what makes the film special, as well as including one of our quotes.
I saw in my review, “Blurring the line between documentary and fiction like few films before it, Michal Marczak‘s All These Sleepless Nights is a music-filled ode to the ever-shifting bliss and angst of youth set mostly in the wee hours of the day in Warsaw, »
- Jordan Raup
Awards season keeps ticking right along, but tonight’s Cinema Eye Honors promised at least a tiny respite from narrative-based filmmaking, as the New York City-set ceremony is all about honoring the best in the year’s documentary filmmaking.
Big winners included Kirsten Johnson’s “Cameraperson,” which picked up Outstanding Achievement in Nonfiction Feature Filmmaking, along with editing and cinematography wins. Right behind it was Ezra Edelman’s “O.J.: Made in America,” which earned Edelman a directing win, along with a production win for Edelman and Caroline Waterlow. Best TV offering went to “Making a Murderer.”
Nominations were lead by Raoul Peck’s “I Am Not Your Negro” and “O.J.: Made in America,” which each pulled in five nominations apiece, though Johnson’s “Cameraperson” and Gianfranco Rosi’s “Fire at Sea” aren’t far behind, with four nominations each. Both Peck and Rosi’s features ultimately walked away without an award. »
- Kate Erbland
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