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Examined Lives: The Films of Krzysztof Zanussi

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Mubi's retrospective The Films of Krzysztof Zanussi is showing from January 18 - March 23 in most countries in the world.Krzysztof Zanussi"[T]he test of a first-rate intelligence is the ability to hold two opposed ideas in the mind at the same time, and still retain the ability to function." —F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Crack-Up "Many know much, but do not know themselves." —Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, The Meditations Despite not being an immediately recognizable name to many modern filmgoers, Krzysztof Zanussi is one of the most important Polish filmmakers. He gave a speech with Andrzej Wajda at the Filmmakers Forum in Gdańsk in 1975 that paved the way for the famous ‘cinema of moral anxiety.’ Although he is often overlooked by modern cinephiles—particularly in comparison to contemporaries like Kieślowski or Wajda—he is a fascinating director whose vast cinematic output followed a degree in philosophy and a PhD in physics.
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Krzysztof Kieślowski's magnum opus for Polish Television is a transcendent 'cycle' of moral tales, each based on one of the Ten Commandments. But sometimes it's difficult to get the connection -- these brilliant mini-movies are pretty tricky. Dekalog Blu-ray The Criterion Collection 837 1988 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame; 1:70 widescreen / 583 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date September 27, 2016 / 99.95 Starring Aleksander Bardini, Janusz Gajos, Krystyna Janda, Bugoslaw Linda, Daniel Olbrychski many others. Cinematography Witold Adamek, Jacek Blawut, Slavomir Idziak, Andrzej Jaroszewicz, Edward Klosinski, Dariusz Kuc, Krzysztof Pakulski, Piotr Sobocinski, Wieslaw Zdort Film Editor Ewa Smal Original Music Zbigniew Preisner Written by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Krzysztof Plesiewicz Produced by Ryszard Chutkowski Directed by Krzysztof Kieślowski

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Back in the early 1990s I believe my first access to Polish director Krzystof Kieślowski was a laserdisc of his film The Double Life of Veronique. I also remember a big reaction in 1996 when
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Farewell to a friend by Anne-Katrin Titze and Volker Schlöndorff

Andrzej Wajda Film School lecturer Volker Schlöndorff on the Return to Montauk set in New York Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

In Volker Schlöndorff's tribute to Andrzej Wajda, who died on Sunday, October 9, 2016, he recalls the impact he had on him and the actors the legendary director worked with, including Hannah Schygulla, Gerard Depardieu, Krystyna Janda, Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak and Andrzej Chyra.

Andrzej Wajda on the set of Kanal

Volker has been teaching at the Andrzej Wajda Film School and in his remembrance he gives us an intimate portrait of a filmmaker who impressed him early on with Kanal, Ashes And Diamonds and The Promised Land, and even more later in life when he got to know the man behind the films.

Andrzej Wajda received an honorary Oscar in 2000 from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

"It is going to be a heavy walk and a beautiful day
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Polish master Andrzej Wajda dies aged 90

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Polish master Andrzej Wajda dies aged 90
Revered director of Katyn and The Promised Land passed away on Sunday.

Polish cinema - and the international film community at large – are mourning the passing yesterday (Oct 9) of the Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda.

His career spanned more than 60 years and included such classics as Ashes And Diamonds, Innocent Sorcerers, The Wedding, Man Of Marble, and Man Of Iron. Four of his features were Oscar-nominated, and he received an honorary Academy Award in 2000.

Wajda had been a resistance fighter during the Second World War and a Fine Art student in Krakow before studying film directing at the Lodz Film School, his debut feature A Generation in 1954 being the first part of a trilogy completed by Canal (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958).

The films introduced Wajda to an international audience.

In the early 1970s, he formed his own film unit, Film Studio ‘X’, where he worked with a group of young film-makers such as Ryszard Bugajski and Agnieska Holland, using
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Appeal rejected for jailed Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov

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Appeal rejected for jailed Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov
The 20 and 10-year sentences meted out to Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov’s and his co-defendant Aleksandr Kolchenko have been upheld by the military division of the Russian Supreme Court.

A three-judge panel of the Moscow court decided that the sentences passed at the end of August should remain “unchanged”.

Sentsov’s lawyer Dmitry Dinze said after the ruling that defence would make another appeal.

Independent of this, Sentsov is suing the Russian security services Fsb and mass media for defamation.

The chances of Sentsov and Kolchenko’s sentences being overturned by the Supreme Court had not augured well after the appeal by activist Gennady Afanasyev had been summarily rejected.

Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Pavel Klimkin condemned the court decision, saying that it was proof of the absence of justice in the Russian Federation and an example of the cynical policy currently being adopted.

On the eve of the Tuesday appeal hearing, Polish actor Daniel Olbrychski
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Jailed Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov could be traded in prisoner exchange

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Jailed Ukrainian director Oleg Sentsov could be traded in prisoner exchange
The possibility of a prisoner exchange has been mooted ahead of the Ukrainian film director Oleg Sentsov’s appeal against his 20-year sentence before Russia’s Supreme Court tomorrow (Nov 24).

According to a report by the Ukrainian website joinfo.ua, Yuri Grabovsky, the lawyer of one of two Russians captured in the Luhansk region last May, told the TV channel 24 that Sentsov and political activist Oleksandr Kolchenko might be exchanged for his client Alexander Alexandrov and Evgeny Evrofeev.

“It will definitely not be [the detained Ukrainian pilot Nadezhda] Savchenko. From what we heard, the discussion was only about Sentsov and Kolchenko,” Grabovsky said, suggesting that the chances of an exchange taking place were at 50:50.

Earlier this month, the Russian Defence Ministry had confirmed that Alexandrov and Evrofeev had not been Russian servicemen at the time of their detention, but were in the service of the militants of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic.

Filmmakers implore Mikhalkov to act

The impending appeal
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European Filmmakers Call on Putin to Release Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov

European Filmmakers Call on Putin to Release Ukrainian Filmmaker Oleg Sentsov
Sarajevo, Bosnia — A group of prominent European filmmakers, including Wim Wenders, Stephen Daldry, Agnieszka Holland and Mike Leigh, has called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to order the release of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, whose trial resumes in Russia today.

Sentsov, who is accused of having committed “crimes of a terrorist nature,” faces up to 20 years in prison. The prosecution’s main witness has retracted his statement, but the trial continues nonetheless.

The letter states that the filmmakers have been “deeply worried” since Sentsov was arrested by Russia’s Federal Security Service (Fsb), the successor to the Kgb, in his house in Simferopol, Crimea, on May 11, 2014. It adds: “Having observed the trial and especially the fact that the key witness for the prosecution has retracted his testimony as ‘given under pressure and duress,’ we are shocked that the accusation of Oleg Sentsov having committed ‘crimes of a terrorist nature’ is still being upheld.
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Cannes '15: Abderrahmane Sissako and the Jury Announced the Winners of the 18th Cinéfondation

Besides the renowned auteurs being awarded yesterday at the Cannes Film Festival, other filmmakers who could soon be part of the main competition were also recognized. The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of 1 593 entries coming from 381 film schools around the world.

First Prize:

"Share" directed by Pippa Bianco

AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, USA

Second Prize:

"Locas Perdidas" directed by Ignacio Juricic Merillán

Carrera de Cine y TV Universidad de Chile, Chile

Joint Third Prize:

"The Return of Erkin" directed by Maria Guskova

High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Russia

Joint Third Prize:

"Victor Xx" directed by Ian Garrido López

Escac, Spain

The awarded films will received €15,000 for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.

The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that her first feature film will be presented at the Festival de Cannes.
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Cannes: Cinéfondation winners revealed

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Cannes: Cinéfondation winners revealed
Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako led the jury.

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, has awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of 1,593 entries coming from 381 film schools around the world.

First Prize:

Share directed by Pippa Bianco

AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, Us

Second Prize:

Locas Perdidas directed by Ignacio Juricic Merillán

Carrera de Cine y TV Universidad de Chile, Chile

Joint Third Prize:

The Return Of Erkin directed by Maria Guskova

High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Russia

Joint Third Prize:

Victor Xx directed by Ian Garrido López

Escac, Spain

The awarded films will receive €15,000 for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.

The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that her
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Cannes 2015: Cinéfondation winners revealed

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Cannes 2015: Cinéfondation winners revealed
Timbuktu director Abderrahmane Sissako led the jury.

The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, has awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films.

The Cinéfondation Selection consisted of 18 student films, chosen out of 1,593 entries coming from 381 film schools around the world.

First Prize:

Share directed by Pippa Bianco

AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, Us

Second Prize:

Locas Perdidas directed by Ignacio Juricic Merillán

Carrera de Cine y TV Universidad de Chile, Chile

Joint Third Prize:

The Return Of Erkin directed by Maria Guskova

High Courses for Scriptwriters and Film Directors, Russia

Joint Third Prize:

Victor Xx directed by Ian Garrido López

Escac, Spain

The awarded films will receive €15,000 for the First Prize, €11,250 for the Second and €7,500 for the Third.

The First Prize winner is also guaranteed that her
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AFI’s Pippa Bianco Wins Cannes Cinefondation with ‘Share’

AFI’s Pippa Bianco Wins Cannes Cinefondation with ‘Share’
Cannes – A woman has topped a competition at this year’s Cannes, and with a stirring woman’s drama to boot.

Share,” a short from American Pippa Bianco, a student at AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, took the top prize Friday at the Cannes’ Cinefondation Selection, the world’s highest-profile film school student competition.

Also written by Bianco, and short by Cinefondation standards — only 11 minutes — “Share,” produced by Tyler Byrne, Carly Hugo and Danielle Oexmann, stars Taissa Farmiga (“American Horror Story”) as a 15-year-old girl who returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her on the Internet.

Chile’s Ignacio Juricic Merillan, a student at the film and TV faculty of the Universidad de Chile, took the Selection second prize, for “Lost Queens,” about an 18-year-old who’s arrested in a televised raid of a club where he works as a drag queen, and fears his
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Cannes: AFI Directing Workshop for Women Student Wins Cinéfondation's Top Prize

Cannes: AFI Directing Workshop for Women Student Wins Cinéfondation's Top Prize
A jury led by "Timbuktu" director Abderrahmane Sissako awarded the €15,000 top prize in the Cinéfondation Competition Friday to Pippa Bianco, of the AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women, for her short film, "Share." Hers was among 18 student films, selected from 593 entries, to screen in the Cinéfondation section this year. An Indiewire "Project of the Day" last year, "Share" stars Taissa Farmiga ("American Horror Story") as a 15-year-old girl who returns to school after someone shares an explicit video of her. In addition to the cash prize, the award comes with a guarantee that Bianco's first feature will be presented at Cannes. This year's jury also included Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski, and Rebecca Zlotowski. The 593 entries represent 381 films schools worldwide. Read the full list of winners and watch a teaser trailer for "Share" below: ...
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Cannes: Cinéfondation Short Film Winners Announced, Taissa Farmiga-Starring 'Share' Takes Top Prize

Cannes: Cinéfondation Short Film Winners Announced, Taissa Farmiga-Starring 'Share' Takes Top Prize
Read More: Here Are Some of the Best New American Short Films The Cinéfondation and Short Films Jury, headed by Abderrahmane Sissako and including Cécile de France, Joana Hadjithomas, Daniel Olbrychski and Rebecca Zlotowski, has awarded the 2015 Cinéfondation Prizes during a ceremony held in the Buñuel Theatre, followed by the screening of the winning films. The winner of the top prize, "Share," was one of our picks for the best new American short films earlier this month when we saw it at the Maryland Film Festival. We noted that "Share" had "long, engrossing takes on par with the Dardenne brothers and a voyeuristic quality reminiscent of Michael Haneke" and that it "portrays the distinctly modern fear of digital processes beyond our control — and yet, at the same time, with the potential to become dangerously personal." First Prize: "Share" Directed by Pippa Bianco AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women,...
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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini to head Un Certain Regard jury

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Cannes: Isabella Rossellini to head Un Certain Regard jury
Cinefondation and Short Films juries also announced.

Us-Italian actress and film-maker Isabella Rossellini is to preside over the Un Certain Regard jury at the 68th Cannes Film Festival (May 13-24).

The jury members include: the Saudi Arabian director of Wadjda, Haifaa Al-Mansour; Lebanese director-actress Nadine Labaki, who was at Cannes in 2011 with Where Do We Go Now?; Greek film-maker Panos H. Koutras, whose Xenia played in Un Certain Regard last year; and the French star of A Prophet, Tahar Rahim, who stars in Elie Wajeman’s Critics’ Week opener The Anarchists.

A total of 19 films will go head-to=head in Un Certain Regard, which opens on May 14 with a screening of Naomi Kawase’s An.

Running in parallel to the Competition, the Un Certain Regard selection winners will be announced by the jury on May 23.

The film awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize will be shown at the end of Cannes’ closing ceremony.

Last year’s
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Cannes: Un Certain Regard And Cinefondation and Short Films Juries Announced

Cannes: Un Certain Regard And Cinefondation and Short Films Juries Announced
Saudi Arabian director Haifaa Al-Mansour, Lebanese director and actress Nadine Labaki, Greek director Panos H. Koutras, and French actor of Algerian descent Tahar Rahim will comprise the Cannes Film Festival’s Un Certain Regard jury, presided by Isabella Rossellini.

This year’s Un Certain Regard jury has a strong female component and also a Middle East and North African accent.

Nineteen pics will unspool in the section, which will open May 14 with a screening of Japanese auteur Naomi Kawase’s An (“Sweet Red Bean Paste”).

The Cannes Cinefondation and Short Films Jury will comprise Lebanese director Joana Hadjithomas, French director Rebecca Zlotowski (France), Belgian actress Cecile de France and Polish thesp Daniel Olbrychski.

As previously announced, Mauritianian auteur Abderrahmane Sissako, whose “Timbuktu” played in competition at Cannes last year and wwas nominated for a foreign-language Oscar, will head this jury. It will award prizes to three of the 18 films made
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Cannes: Efp names 20 Producers on the Move

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Denmark’s Katja Adomeit and Germany’s Ingmar Trost among upcoming European producers set to be showcased at Cannes.Scroll down for full list

European Film Promotion (Efp) has selected 20 emerging young European producers for the 16th edition of its Producers on the Move networking initiative, which will be held during the upcoming Cannes Film Festival from May 15-18.

The 2014 selection includes Danish producer Katja Adomeit, who produced and co-directed the hybrid film Not At Home with the Afghan director Shahrbanoo Sadat as well as co-producing Ruben Östlund’s Force Majeure as a freelancer for the Copenhagen office of Philippe Bober’s The Coproduction Office.

Cologne-based Ingmar Trost of Sutor Kolonko has also been selected. His credits include Ilian Metev’s award-winniıng documentary Sofıa’s Last Ambulance, Latvian director Juris Kursietis’ Modrıs and Ingo Haeb’s The Chambermaid Lynn, and he has just completed production of his third feature, Isabelle Stever’s The Weather Inside.

Lithuania will be
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‘Leviathan’ Wins Top Prize at Camerimage, Film Festival for Cinematographers

Bydgoszcz, Poland — Russian drama “Leviathan” won the Golden Frog, the top prize at Camerimage, a film festival devoted to the art of cinematography.

The dark satire about corruption in Russia, which won the award for screenplay at Cannes and reps Russia in the Oscar race, was photographed by Mikhail Krichman and directed by Andrey Zvyagintsev. Variety’s review said: “The characters are all but swallowed by d.p. Mikhail Krichman’s overwhelming anamorphic widescreen vistas.”

In handing out the top prize, director/scribe Philip Kaufman said that the filmmakers at Camerimage are like the test pilots in his 1983 Oscar winner, “The Right Stuff,” because they’re “pushing the envelope — you are the people with the right stuff.”

Roland Joffe, who headed the main Camerimage prize jury, recognizing D.P.s, described the 15 competing pics as “some very beautiful, some very brave.”

The Silver Frog went to Palestinian feature “Omar,” lensed
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Efa Board initiates Sentsov letter

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Efa Board initiates Sentsov letter
In a letter to Russian authorities, European film-makers have expressed their worry about the fate of Ukrainian film-maker Oleg Sentsov

The Board of the European Film Academy has initiated a letter to Russian authorities about Oleg Sentsov.

Sentsov was arrested last month [see separate story here] and European film-makers have signed the letter to express their worry about the fate of the Ukrainian film-maker.

The letter states that “we are deeply worried and cannot stop wondering how he is and what his future will be,” and goes on to call upon the Russian authorities to ensure the safety of Sentsov and to make public his whereabouts.

Pedro Almodóvar, Ken Loach, Béla Tarr and Wim Wenders are among the film-makers to have signed the letter.

The letter in full

To

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin - President of Russia

Sergey Evgenyevich Naryshkin – Chairman of the State Duma of the Russian Federation

Alexander Wassiljewitsch Bortnikow - Director of the Fsb

Vladimir Aleksandrovich Kolokoltsev - Russian
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Film Review: Salt (2010): Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber

Salt (2010) Film Review, a movie directed by Phillip Noyce and starring Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber, Daniel Olbrychski, August Diehl, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Daniel Pearce, Andre Braugher, Olek Krupa, Cassidy Hinkle, Corey Stoll, Olya Zueva, Kevin O’Donnell, and Gaius Charles. Salt is a film at odds with itself: on one hand it wants to be a [...]

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The Language Barrier: More Than A Regional Dialect Problem

In this isle of Britain we seem to be obsessed with regional dialects. We construct opinions based on the sounds and cadences they form. Stereotypes can be derived from even a simple “hullo”. A Liverpudlian accent makes you a thief, a Birmingham accent means you are dull/dim witted, a London accent makes you a geezer! The region and strength of the enunciation can make your brain subconsciously decide whether the accused speaker is friend or foe. This makes delivery of vocabulary in these alternate timbres very powerful. As such, we prize these intonations in language very dearly.

So, it was no surprise to me when the people of the United Kingdom were so vehemently offended about a story regarding an American actress trying and failing to replicate the intricate tones of a much cherished regional drawl, made it on to BBC national news, -far beyond the vales and boundaries
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