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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucrecia Martel, Edward Norton

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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucrecia Martel, Edward Norton
Argentinian filmmaker and Us actor honoured in Poland.

Argentinian filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and Us actor Edward Norton were the guests of honour at the seventh edition of the Transatlantyk Festival which comes to a close in the Polish city of Lodz on Friday evening (July 21).

Martel became the second woman director - after Germany’s Margarethe von Trotta - and the 11th filmmaker overall, to be awarded the Fipresci 90+ statuette in celebration of the International Federation of Film Critics’ ten decades of activities.

Fipresci general secretary Klaus Eder travelled to Lodz to present the award along with Transatlantyk’s director Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to Martel at a gala ceremony last night (Thursday) before a screening of her 2008 film The Headless Woman.

Previous recipients include Jean-Jacques Annaud, Edgar Reitz, Bela Tarr and the late Andrzej Wajda, while the choice of Martel this year was particularly fitting since the Polish festival had the Power of Woman as an overlying
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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucretia Martel, Edward Norton

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Transatlantyk Festival honours Lucretia Martel, Edward Norton
Argentinean filmmaker and Us actor honoured in Poland.

Argentinean filmmaker Lucrecia Martel and Us actor Edward Norton were the guests of honour at the seventh edition of the Transatlantyk Festival which comes to a close in the Polish city of Lodz on Friday evening (July 21).

Martel became the second woman director - after Germany’s Margarethe von Trotta - and the 11th filmmaker overall, to be awarded the Fipresci 90+ statuette in celebration of the International Federation of Film Critics’ ten decades of activities.

Fipresci general secretary Klaus Eder travelled to Lodz to present the award along with Transatlantyk’s director Jan A.P. Kaczmarek to Martel at a gala ceremony last night (Thursday) before a screening of her 2008 film The Headless Woman.

Previous recipients include Jean-Jacques Annaud, Edgar Reitz, Bela Tarr and the late Andrzej Wajda, while the choice of Martel this year was particularly fitting since the Polish festival had the Power of Woman as an overlying
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Locarno reveals Open Doors winners

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Locarno reveals Open Doors winners
This year’s winners include film-makers from Bangladesh, Bhutan and Nepal.

The winners of this year’s Open Doors Hub co-production platform at Locarno Film Festival (Aug 3-13) have been revealed.

Bangladesh director Kamar Ahmad Simon’s first feature documentary Day After Tomorrow (working title) was awarded an Open Doors production grant worth $30,500 (CHF30,000) as well as the Arte International Open Doors Prize with a cash prize of $6,700 (€6,000).

The second in the planned Water trilogy, Day After Tomorrow already has French producer-consultant Dominique Welinski’s company Dw onboard as a co-producer.

Whilst attending Open Doors in Locarno this week, Simon was also able to meet the German producer Jakob D. Weydemann who will be serving as a co-producer on his next feature Silence Of The Seashell which received funding from Creative Europe-backed World Cinema Fund Europe fund last month.

Weydemann was in Locarno for the Alliance for Development initiative with the Italian-German co-production Children Of The Ice
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Academy Awards Film Series: 'Neverland' Found, Genuine Drama Lost

'Finding Neverland' movie: Johnny Depp as James M. Barrie, with the Llewelyn Davies family: Kate Winslet, Freddie Highmore, Joe Prospero, Nick Roud and Luke Spill. 'Finding Neverland' movie review: Losing reality Back in 2001, German-born director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace, World War Z) brought a much welcome non-Hollywood touch to the independently made psychological drama Monster's Ball. Besides the daring (if way overlong) sex scenes, that film imparted a refreshingly realistic atmosphere that was much enhanced by Forster's minimalist approach. As the title implies, his follow-up effort, Finding Neverland (2004), has absolutely nothing to do with reality, whether Peter Pan author James M. Barrie's or anyone else's. Even so, Forster's early, no-nonsense directorial touch is sorely missing from what is little more than your usual big-studio holiday movie whose “magical moments” might as well have been created by a computer. 'Finding Neverland' plot: James M. Barrie
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Hollywood Contenders – 112 Films are up for Best Original Score

Late last week, we had another shortlist hit the internet, courtesy of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (or AMPAS, as we all know by now). This one concerned which films were eligible to compete in the Oscar category of Best Original Score. Basically, the Academy decided that 112 movies had scores that met eligibility criteria, so they’re the ones who will be whittled down to the ultimate five Original Score nominees. Obviously, a group as large as this one doesn’t necessarily indicate anything about what Oscar voters might pick, but that won’t stop me from trying to do a bit of analysis, will it? Didn’t think so. So, let’s do it, let’s take a look at the Best Original Score contenders and see what Academy members might be likely to go for… As a point of reference, here are the most recent
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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Third Harry Potter Movie a Major Letdown. Is CGI Enough to Create On-Screen Magic?

'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' poster. With Daniel Radcliffe. Rupert Grint. Emma Watson. 'Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban' quiz question: Does state-of-the-art CGI equal movie magic? (Oscar Movie Series) Alfonso Cuarón seems like an odd choice for director of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the third installment in the Harry Potter movie series. That is, if one thinks only of Cuarón's pre-Harry Potter sleeper hit, the François Truffaut-esque Y tu mamá también, while ignoring two of his earlier efforts, the critically acclaimed A Little Princess and the moderately respected Great Expectations. This time around, working with a reported $130 million budget (approx. $163 million in 2015), state-of-the-art special effects, and the Harry Potter franchise, Cuarón surely could do no wrong. At the box office, that is. For although Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban is stylistically superior to Chris Columbus' previous work in the series,
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Krakow focus on Lithuania; Polish doc showcase

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Krakow focus on Lithuania; Polish doc showcase
Lithuanian documentaries will be in the spotlight at this year’s 55th Krakow Film Festival (May 31-June 7) which opens with Krzysztof Kopczynski’s The Dybbuk. A Tale Of Wandering Souls.

It marks is the fourth time Krakow has selected a guest country and will include a special screening of Giedrė Žickytė’s How We Played The Revolution, produced by Dagne Vildziunaite, one of Screen’s Future Leaders in Cannes last month.

Vildziunaite also has the latest film by Žickytė, Master And Tatjana, screening in the festival’s International Documentary Competition.

She will also be participating with such colleagues as the Lithuanian Film Centre’s chief Rolandas Kvietkauskas, filmmaker Audrius Stonys and broadcaster Izolda Keidosiute of Lrt in a conference during the festival to discuss the various strategies adopted by the documentary community in her country .

Other films shown in the “Focus on Lithuania” will include Linas Mikuta’s Dinner, Rimantas Gruodis’ Lucky Year, and Ričardas
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'Joanna' and 2 Other Polish Films Nominated for an Oscar!

This past Thursday "Joanna" (2013, 40'), a Polish documentary directed by Aneta Kopacz, was included among a prestigious group of five films that received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Documentary Short Subject category. The documentary produced by Wajda Studio with the support of the National Audiovisual Institute will compete for the award alongside these productions: “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1” , “Our Curse”, “The Reaper" (La Parka) and “White Earth”.

"The nomination for the Academy Award is far more than I have ever expected. It sounds so surreal that it's almost unbelievable. Since the very beginning, I was making a modest film about the simplest things in life and - for me - the most beautiful ones. There were sweat and tears, not enough funding, but also a lot of passion and support. Until the very end we didn't know if this film would ever be completed. At any moment my protagonist could say 'let's stop shooting'. This was her sacred right.

The film was created, traveled around the world, and, hopefully, became truly significant to a lot of viewers. Today it has reached the heights, indeed. I would like to thank all the wonderful people that I was fortunate to work with. My special thanks go out to Joanna and her family, who decided to share a part of their life with me. This is a success for all of us," said Aneta Kopacz after receiving the news about the nomination.

Apart from "Joanna”, another Polish film made to the list of nominated films "Our Curse” directed by Tomasz Śliwiński, who happens to be a current student of Wajda School. Highly praised "Ida”, directed by one of the Wajda School tutors Paweł Pawlikowski, received an Oscar© nomination in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The same film received a Best Cinematography nomination for Łukasz Żal, who was also the Dp for "Joanna."

So far, "Joanna" has been screened at more than 30 festivals all over the world and won over 20 awards, including the Best Documentary Short award in Palm Springs, Silver Eye Award in Jihlava, Prize of the Youth Jury in Leipzig, Special Mention at DocsBarcelona, Audience Award at Warsaw Film Festival, a Cinema Eye Honors nomination and many others.

"The unique thing about 'Joanna' is the subtle vision of the director. There is no narration to tell the viewer how to feel or what to experience. And this approach, which punctuates the things not said becomes a very powerful experience for the viewer." wrote Kay Shackleton at examiner.com

Th film is uses great visual poetry to portray the simple and meaningful moments in the Joanna's family life. Diagnosed with an untreatable illness, Joanna promises her son that she will do her best to live for as long as possible. It's a story of close relationships, tenderness, love and thoughtfulness.

The film was shot by one of the most talented young cinematographers, now an Oscar nominee, Łukasz Żal, and the music was composed by Oscar-winning Jan A.P. Kaczmarek.

The film was produced by Wajda Studio, co-produced by the Polish National Audiovisual Institute, and sponsored by Codemedia. Film was co-financed by the Polish Film Institute. "Joanna" was developed within the Dok Pro Documentary Program run by Wajda School, under the artistic supervision of distinguished Polish documentary filmmakers: MarcelŁoziński, Jacek Bławut and Vita Żelakeviciute.
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Death, Illness, Art and Oil: 87th Academy Awards' Documentary Short Semi-Finalists

Best Documentary Short Films Oscar 2015: Illness and death are top subjects (photo: 'White Earth' by J. Christian Jensen) Eight films — most of them featuring illness and/or death as their focus — remain in the running for the 2015 Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced. Of those eight semi-finalists, three to five titles will be shortlisted for the 87th Academy Awards. (Scroll down to vote in our Best Documentary Short Subject Oscar 2015 poll.) The remaining eight Oscar 2015 contenders are listed below in alphabetical order by title, with their directors and, in parentheses, their production companies: Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, directed by Ellen Goosenberg Kent (Perry Films) Joanna, directed by Aneta Kopacz (Wajda Studio). Kehinde Wiley: An Economy of Grace, directed by Jeff Dupre (Show of Force) The Lion's Mouth Opens, directed by Lucy Walker (Tree Tree Tree) One Child,
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Sundance teams with Polish festival

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Sundance teams with Polish festival
The Sundance Film Festival has entered into a partnership with Poznan’s Transatlantyk Film Festival to present a selection of its titles at the forthcoming fourth edition running from August 8-14.

The new sidebar, Sundance at Transatlantyk, will screen such films as Fishing Without Nets, The Green Prince, Watchers Of The Sky, 52 Tuesdays, Difret and A Most Wanted Man, and invite the films’ creators to meet with the audience for Q&As after the screenings.

Transatlantyk was founded in 2011 by the Oscar-wining musician and composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek as ¨a new artistic platform aimed at building a stronger relationship between society, art and the environment through music and movies¨ as well as inspiring discussion on social issues.

Another innovation is the introduction of the new section Cinema of the Third Age targetted at maturer audiences with screenings in early afternoon slots during the weekdays. Films selected for this first edition include Philomena, Gloria and [link
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Oscar-winning composer Jan Kaczmarek on his Transatlantyk Fest and getting back to work

Oscar-winning composer Jan Kaczmarek on his Transatlantyk Fest and getting back to work
Poznan, Poland: Composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, who won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2005 for Marc Forster’s “Finding Neverland,” has put his writing on hold for the last few years to get his latest production off the ground. But now, he’s ready to return to his first love. Kaczmarek, who also scored such films as “Unfaithful,” “The Visitor,” and “Washington Square,” started the Transatlantyk Festival, a music and film event here, in 2011. The Polish native attended college in Poznan and now splits his time between Poznan and Los Angeles. “I took a sabbatical from writing,” he says....
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Triple Oscar winner David MacMillan on his 6 most memorable movie shoots

Poznan, Poland— Last night, I had the great good fortune to sit at a concert with three-time Oscar winner David MacMillan at a concert here at the Transatlantyk Festival, a film and music festival put on by Oscar-winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Kaczmarek grew up in Poland and adopted Poznan as his hometown after attending college here. MacMillan, who won his gold statues for “The Right Stuff,” “Speed” and “Apollo 13," is here teaching a master class. His other credits include "Twilight," "The 40-Year Old Virgin," "Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom," and "Hairspray." At 71, MacMillan has just retired. His last film, “Paranoia,”...
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Celestial Wives wins at Wroclaw

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Celestial Wives wins at Wroclaw
Rural Russian film takes top prize at Poland’s New Horizons International Film Festival.

Russian director Alexander Fedorchenko’s Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari received the Grand Prix and a €20,000 ($27,000) cash prize at the 13th New Horizons International Film Festival (July 18-28) in Wroclaw.

The decision by the International jury, headed by Hungary’s Bela Tarr and including Polish film-maker Joanna Kos-Krauze and Berlinale Forum director Christoph Terhechte, was announced ahead of the Polish premiere of Malgorzata Szumowska’s In The Name Of on Saturday evening.

Fedorchenko’s film had its world premiere at last year’s Rome Film Festival.

Review: Celestial Wives of the Meadow Mari

In June, it won three awards - best script, best cinematography and the Prize of the Russian Guild of Film Scholars and Film Critics - at the Kinotavr “Open Russian” Film Festival in Sochi.

The $2m production by Fedorchenko’s 29 February Film Company explores the myths of the Russian
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Watch: Wes Bentley & Frank Langella Work Out A Deal In Clip From 'The Time Being'

Premiering last year in the midst of the always busy and expansive Toronto International Film Festival, Nenad Cicid-Sain's directorial debut "The Time Being" may have a flown a bit under the radar. But the talent and premise are intriguing enough that it could be a good option against the emptier fare at your local multiplex this weekend. Starring Wes Bentley, Frank LangellaCorey Stoll and Sarah Paulson, the story follows Daniel (Bentley) an ambitious, struggling young artist whose work captures the interest of reclusive millionaire Warner (Frank Langella). When the man commissions Daniel for a piece, it instead turns out to involve a series of increasingly bizarre surveillance assignments. And as you'll see in this exclusive clip, Daniel is already wary of Warner's intentions from the start as they negotiate just what his work will involve.  Featuring a score by Academy Award winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, and shot by
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The Time Being | Review

Time Crime: Cicin-Sain’s Debut an Empty Trinket

On a positive note, the benefit of watching Nenad Cicin-Sain’s directorial (and screenwriting debut) could definitely serve as a testament for the necessity of a well-written screenplay in the filmmaking process. Co-written with producer Richard N. Gladstein (also a feature screenplay debut), The Time Being is an underwhelmingly written piece of cinematic sod, made all the more disappointing for sporting a dazzling visual scheme and fantastic original score. An elaborate set-up moonlighting as a mystery thriller morphs into a confoundingly stagnant familial drama.

A struggling artist, Daniel (Wes Bentley), pursues his artistic endeavors to the detriment of his family’s economic well-being. A recent art exhibit of his work doesn’t result in any sales, but a possible commission is called into Eric (Corey Stoll), who has funded the exhibition space. A man named Warner (Frank Langella) has requested that Daniel
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Exclusive: Clip From Tiff Mystery 'The Time Being' Starring Wes Bentley & Frank Langella

With the first big weekend at Tiff out of the way, there is still an exciting week of movies and premieres to come, and among the titles big and small still looking to make a splash is Nenad Cicid-Sain's directorial debut "The Time Being." Starring Wes Bentley, Frank Langella and Corey Stoll ("Midnight In Paris"), the mystery follows Daniel (Bentley), a struggling artist who encounters an eccentric would-be benefactor (Langella), who commissions him to shoot a series of specific, but enigmatic videos, for reasons that are kept secret. Adding to the prospects of the film is an incredible array of talent lending their skills to the film including a score by Academy Award winning composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek ("Finding Neverland"), and it was shot by Dp Mahai Malaimare Jr. who recently earned his stripes on "The Master." "The Time Being" premieres at Tiff at the Winter Garden Theater on September 11th.
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Miramax Film Music Rights Acquired By Warner/Chappell

Los Angeles, CA and Santa Monica, CA, July 31, 2012 – Warner/Chappell Music, the global music publishing arm of Warner Music Group, and Miramax, one of the world’s leading independent film and television studios, today announced an agreement under which Warner/Chappell will acquire the masters and publishing rights for all film music owned by Miramax. The agreement builds on the companies’ existing relationship through which Warner/Chappell administered Miramax’s film music publishing across most of Europe and South America. Terms are not being disclosed. The Miramax music library contains music from Academy Award® winners The Cider House Rules, Chicago, Cold Mountain and Frida, acclaimed movies such as Gangs of New York, Finding Neverland, Good Will Hunting, Chocolat, Sin City, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas and music from several hundred other Miramax films. The catalog includes works from celebrated composers such as Academy Award® winners Howard Leslie Shore, Jan A. P. Kaczmarek,
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Dario Marianelli Scoring ‘Salmon Fishing in the Yemen’

Dario Marianelli has written the music for the upcoming comedy drama Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. The film based on the bestselling novel by Paul Torday is directed by Lasse Hallstrom (The Cider House Rules, Chocolat). Simon Beaufoy (Slumdog Millionaire, The Full Monty, 127 Hours) has adapted the novel for the screen. The movie starring Emily Blunt, Ewan McGregor and Kristin Scott Thomas follows a fisheries scientist who is sent to introduce salmon to the Highlands of the Yemen. The project is produced by Paul Webster who has worked with the composer on Atonement and Pride & Prejudice. Marianelli received an Academy Award nomination for both movies and won the award for Atonement. Hallstrom and Marianelli are collaborating for the first time on the film. Some of the composers the director has previously worked with include Rachel Portman, Alexandre Desplat, Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Hans Zimmer, Christopher Young and Deborah Lurie. Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
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Trivia Question: Win “Get Low” Soundtrack!

Question: At this point, it seems more likely than not that three of this year’s best picture Oscar nominees — “127 Hours,” “The Kids Are All Right,” and “Winter’s Bone” — will go without an Oscar win in any category on the night of February 27. What were the last five best picture nominees to do the same?

Prize: The first person to correctly answer this question in the comments section below will win the soundtrack to “Get Low,” composed by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. (Be sure to provide your email address so that we can contact you for your mailing address in the event that you win!)

Contest Over: The first person to identify “Frost/Nixon” (2008), “An Education” (2009), “District 9” (2009), “A Serious Man” (2009), and “Up in the Air” (2009) was Lucas, who will be contacted shortly — congratulations!

Photo: Robert Duvall in “Get Low.” Credit: Sony Pictures Classics.

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Jeremy Irons and Kim Cattrall Joined Lajos Koltai’s The Treehouse

Jeremy Irons, Tom Sturridge and Kim Cattrall (Sex and the City) have been confirmed as leads for the $7.5m production which is set to begin shooting at locations in Germany and Poland from May 2.

Us producer Michael London’s Groundswell Production has boarded Lajos Koltai’s next feature film The Treehouse (The Master of Farnow) which is being produced by Hamburg-based Transcorda Filmproduktion.

A time-honored story is set among an noble family on a Pomeranian estate in 1910. Paul Mayerberg adapted from Eduard von Keyserling’s novel “Schwüle Tage.” The novel follows a failed student, his glamorous cousin and family, and is set in pre-wwi Germany.

The director of photography on the movie will be Hungarian Gyula Pados who had also worked on Koltai’s Evening and Fateless, while production design will be controled by Academy Award winner Allan Starski. The score will be composed by Jan A.P. Kaczmarek. Costume design is by Anne Sheppard,
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