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Polish drama 'The Last Family' wins distribution initiative

Polish drama 'The Last Family' wins distribution initiative
Heartstone, The Red Turtle, 24 Weeks and After Love also selected for release.

Polish director Jan Matuszynski’s The Last Family – charting the lives of a dysfunctional, artistic dynasty over a 28-year period – has won the second expanded edition of the pan-European distribution initiative Scope100.

Under the joint venture — developed by Polish distributor Gutek Film and Paris-based digital cinema platform Festival Scope – nine European distributors recruited around 100 cinephiles each to watch seven films online and then vote on which one they would like to see released theatrically in their territory.

Matuszynski’s The Last Family – which premiered at Locarno over the summer where lead Andrzej Seweryn won the Leopard for Best Actor – was selected by participants in four of the participating territories: France, the Czech Republic, Lithuania and Austria. It is sold internationally by New Europe Film Sales.

Other participating films proving popular with the Scope100 audience jury included Icelandic director Gudmundur Arnar Gudmundsson’s coming-of-age tale Heartstone
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Busan: New Europe closes deals on 'Porto', 'The Last Family'

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Busan: New Europe closes deals on 'Porto', 'The Last Family'
Exclusive: Porto stars Anton Yelchin, who tragically passed away in June this year.

Warsaw-based sales company New Europe Film Sales has announced deals on Porto [pictured], executive-produced by Jim Jarmusch and starring the late Anton Yelchin, and Locarno Best Actor award-winner The Last Family. The films sold to Benelux (Cineart) and Hungary (Mozinet), respectively.

Directed by Gabe Klinger (Double Play: James Benning and Richard Linklater), Porto stars Yelchin and Lucie Lucas as two outsiders in the titular Portuguese city, experiencing a brief but passionate connection.

The film previously sold to German-speaking Europe (Mfa+) and Brazil (Fenix Filmes).

It played in the San Sebastian Film Festival’s New Directors competition and also screens in the BFI London Film Festival’s First Feature Competition.

Porto has a market screening at the Asian Film Market in Busan tomorrow (Oct 9).

Based on the life of famous Polish painter Zdzislaw Beksinski, The Last Family won the best actor award for Andrzej Seweryn at the
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Euro round-up: Ukraine approves rebate, 'Last Family' sweeps Poland's Gdynia fest

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Euro round-up: Ukraine approves rebate, 'Last Family' sweeps Poland's Gdynia fest
Locarno premiere took home eight awards; meanwhile Ukraine greenlights cash rebate scheme.

Jan P. Matuszynski’s feature debut The Last Family swept the board at this year’s Gdynia Film Festival in Poland (19-24 September) with eight awards, including the Golden Lions Grand Prix as well as the awards for Best Actor and Actress and the Audience Award.

The tragicomic story also picked up the Journalists Award, the Onetu Award for the three lead actors Aleksandra Konieczna, Andrzej Seweryn and Dawid Ogrodnik, as well as the Elle Crystal Star and the Golden Kangaroo for director Matuszynski.

Handled internationally by New Europe Film Sales and distributed theatrically in Poland by Kino Swiat, The Last Family had its world premiere in competition at last month’s Locarno Film Festival where the Leopard for Best Actor was awarded to star Andrzej Seweryn for his performance.

Tomasz Wasilewski’s Berlinale competition title United States Of Love - also with New Film
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Locarno Film Festival 2016: ‘Godless’ Wins Top Jury Prize, ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Takes Audience Award

Locarno Film Festival 2016: ‘Godless’ Wins Top Jury Prize, ‘I, Daniel Blake’ Takes Audience Award
The 69th annual Locarno Film Festival finally concluded after eleven days and screenings of 279 films, and awarded its Palmarès. The Golden Leopard went to “Godless,” a first feature from Bulgaria’s Ralitza Petrova. The film portrait of the criminal underbelly of Bulgaria also took home Best Actress for Irena Ivanova.

The fest jury awarded João Pedro Rodrigues Best Director for “O Ornitólogo.” Romanian director Radu Jude won the Special Jury Prize for his film “Inimi Cicatrizate” (Scarred Hearts), which was inspired by the 1937 Max Blecher novel.

Read More: João Pedro Rodrigues’ ‘The Ornithologist’ Will Blow Your Mind — Locarno Review

The public favorite, Ken Loach’s “I, Daniel Blake,” about a UK retiree struggling to obtain medical assistance from the state, won the Audience Award; at Cannes, Indiewire’s Eric Kohn dubbed the film “Loach’s best movie in years.”

Read More: Cannes Review: Why ‘I, Daniel Blake’ is Ken Loach
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'Godless' triumphs in Locarno

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'Godless' triumphs in Locarno
Bulgarian drama won the Golden Leopard as well as Best Actress for star Irena Ivanova.

Bulgarian director Ralitza Petrova’s debut feature Godless has won the top prize, the Golden Leopard, at the 69th Locarno Film Festival.

The drama also took the Best Actress award for Irena Ivanova’s performance as a nurse looking after elderly patients with dementia in a remote Bulgarian town.

In addition, the production by Klas Film’s Rossitsa Valkanova with Denmark’s Snowglobe and France’s Alcatraz Films and Film Factory, received the Ecumenical Jury’s Prize, which comes with a cash award of $20,500 (CHF20,000).

The screenplay for Godless - which is being handled internationally by Greek-based Heretic Outreach - had been supported by Torino FilmLab’s FrameWork, Sarajevo’s CineLink and the Women in Film Finishing Fund in Los Angeles.

“This prize was unusual among juries because it was a unanimous decision between all the members of our team,” the International
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Daily | Ralitza Petrova’s Godless wins the Golden Leopard

Ralitza Petrova's Godless has won the Golden Leopard at this year's Locarno Film Festival. Further prizes awarded by the International Competition jury (President Arturo Ripstein, plus Kate Moran, Rafi Pitts, Rodrigo Teixeira and Wang Bing): Special Jury Prize: Radu Jude's Scarred Hearts. Best Direction: João Pedro Rodrigues for The Ornithologist. Best Actress: Irena Ivanova for Godless. Best Actor: Andrzej Seweryn for The Last Family. And a Special Mention goes to Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's Mister Universo. We've got the full list of all the awards. » - David Hudson
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Daily | Ralitza Petrova’s Godless wins the Golden Leopard

Ralitza Petrova's Godless has won the Golden Leopard at this year's Locarno Film Festival. Further prizes awarded by the International Competition jury (President Arturo Ripstein, plus Kate Moran, Rafi Pitts, Rodrigo Teixeira and Wang Bing): Special Jury Prize: Radu Jude's Scarred Hearts. Best Direction: João Pedro Rodrigues for The Ornithologist. Best Actress: Irena Ivanova for Godless. Best Actor: Andrzej Seweryn for The Last Family. And a Special Mention goes to Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel's Mister Universo. We've got the full list of all the awards. » - David Hudson
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Polish Days 2015 at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival

Polish Days constitutes the most important industry event at the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival. There, more than 250 movers and shakers of the Polish and international film industry, from producers and film funds to buyers and festival programmers from Berlin, Semaine de la Critique, Rotterdam, Venice, Tribeca and New Directors/New Films, met to watch the latest Polish films at closed screenings. This year, the event took place from July 29 to 31 in the city of Wrocław, Poland.

The 2015 edition focused on funding and German producers. Polish and German film producers met at a conference organized by the Polish Film Institute, the Film Commission of Poland, Mitteldeutsche Medienförderung (Mdm), Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German regional funds and the Cottbus Film Festival.

A total of 26 films and projects by both first-time directors and well-established filmmakers were selected for the industry event.

In fact, among the works shown in full at closed screenings were Karlovy Vary competition titles "The Red Spider" by Marcin Koszalkaand "Chemo" by Bartosz Prokopowicz as well as the debut features by Wojciech Kasperski "The High Frontier," "Berlin Diaries" by Przemysław Wojcieszek, "My Sister" by Kinga Dębska and Krzysztof Łukaszewicz’s "Karbala."

As far as the work-in-progress section is concerned, it presented 10 films. These were "Baby Bump" by Kuba Czekaj, "Journals" by Wiktoria Szymańska, "Waves" by Grzegorz Zariczny, "Into the Spirale" by Konrad Aksinowicz, "All These Sleepless Nights" by Michał Marczak and two projects pitched at the festival last year - "Wild Roses" by Anna Jadowska and "Volhynia" by Wojtek Smarzowski. Two documentaries were also presented here: "21 x New York" by Piotr Stasik and "When You Return" by Anna Zamęcka.

Pitchings presented Polish films at an earlier stage of development and production included new works by Marcin Wrona ("Lili"), Dorota Kędzierzawska ("Speedway") and Marcin Dudziak ("Presence"), as well as the following debut features: "The Last Family" by Jan P. Matuszyński, "Tower" by Jagoda Szelc, "Forest" by Joanna Zastróżna and the Cinemart project "Hurrah, we're still alive!" by Agnieszka Polska. Moreover, three projects by foreign directors but developed in Poland were also pitched: "AA" by Jack Faber, "Marie Curie" by Marie Noelle and "People I'm Not" by Francesco Rizzi. Post-production awards from Toya Studios (sound) and Chimney Poland (image) went to "People I'm Not" by Francesco Rizzi, "Tower" by Jagoda Szelc and "Speedway" by Dorota Kędzierzawska.

In the case of "The Last Family," David Ogrodnik, one of the stars of the critically acclaimed hit "Ida," has been cast in the film as Tomek, the son of Polish artist Zdzislaw Beksinski, played by Andrzej Seweryn, a veteran film and theater actor.

According to Joanna Łapińska, the head of Polish Days and the artistic director of the T-Mobile New Horizons International Film Festival, the program “contains, in equal measure, expressive, original works, along with interesting genre films, moving features, and courageous documentaries.” As far as Agnieszka Odorowicz, the general director of the Polish Film Institute, is concerned, Polish Days has become “one of the most interesting events dedicated to promoting Polish cinema and showcasing film projects in early stages of production. The importance of Polish Days for the international promotion of Polish cinema cannot be overstated. ” Łapińska was adamant on “making it clear” that “Poland is a place for interesting coproductions.”

Polish Days is co-organized with the Polish Film Institute. The event’s partners include the Film Commission of Poland, the Mazovia-Warsaw and Wrocław Film Commissions, the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, the National Audiovisual Institute and post-production studios Toya Studios and Chimney Poland.
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'Ida' producer readies first project with own company

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'Ida' producer readies first project with own company
Ewa Puszczynska, a producer on Pawel Pawlikowski’s Oscar-winning Ida, is preparing the first feature project of her own new company.

Speaking to ScreenDaily during this week’s Polish Days in Wroclaw, Puszczynska said Lodz-based Extreme Emotions is managed with her daughter Emilia and is in addition to her work as a producer and head of development at Opus Film (Ida).

Puszczynska was at the Polish Days’ pitching session on Thursday (July 30) with Aa, the planned feature film debut by the Israeli-born writer-director Jack Faber, which she has been accompanying in its development for the past 18 months

Based on actual events, the film centres on the last night of a heritage tour in Poland by a group of Israeli high-school students when a prank quickly spins out of control and exposes the violent nature of the young people’s present lives.

Faber had initially started working on the project during his studies at the Netherlands Film Academy
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Nyff: Alain Resnais’ ‘You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet’ Offers A Bevy of French Talent But Remains at a Surface Level

Alain Resnais’ You Ain’t Seen Nothing Yet bears the director’s typical rumination on memory and loss, touching the themes on his cerebral earlier offerings like Hiroshima Mon Amour, Last Year at Marienbad, or his latest, Wild Grass. In his latest work, several famous French actors gather at the home of a deceased playwright who penned a play that they all starred in at one time or another. As they watch a recent filmed version of the play, they end up getting sucked back into the their former roles. Even though the film is brimming with French talent and with Resnais’ legacy of filmmaking, it never quite adds up to a satisfying whole. The film is perhaps too self-aware and never quite makes it past the surface. The film’s plot is rather simple. Esteemed French actors Mathieu Almaric, Pierre Arditi, Sabine Azéma, Jean-Noël Brouté, Anne Consigny, Anne Duperey, Hippolyte Girardot
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