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Four Eagles for '33 Scenes From Life'

Berlin -- Malgorzata Szumowska's "33 Scenes From Life" has won four Eagle Awards, Poland's top film honors, including the Eagle for best film.

"33 Scenes" also won the 2009 Audience Award along with nods for best editing (Jacek Dros) and soundtrack (composer Pawel Mykietyn).

Szumowska's film stars Julia Jentsch as a successful photographer whose marriage to a famous composer begins to fall apart.

But in the numbers game, "33 Scenes" took a back seat to "Little Moscow," a look at the Soviet army's occupation of Poland, which won five Eagles including best screenplay for Waldemar Krzystek.

Jerzy Skolimowski won the best director Eagle for "Four Nights With Anna," his comeback to filmmaking after an absence of almost 20 years.
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4th CentEast Market Warsaw – October 15-19, 2008

The 4th CentEast Market Warsaw, organized by the Warsaw Film Foundation October 15-19, 2008, is an event for film professionals involved and/or interested in films from Eastern Europe, held during the Warsaw Film Festival. Producers, sales agents, distributors, TV buyers, festival programmers, and representatives of film funds and institutions meet every year in Warsaw and attend: – screenings of completed films – screenings of works-in-progress – panel discussions – workshops.

The main theme of this year’s CentEast will be international distribution and sales of Eastern European films. The panel discussions will deal with the following subjects:

Oct. 17 – ‘Tricks’, the success story – with the team behind the Polish film, directed by Andrzej Jakimowski, which got numerous international awards and has been released theatrically in several countries;

Oct. 18 – The Sales of Eastern European Films – with the Europe’s leading sales agents;

Last year’s works-in-progress ‘Lejdis’ by Tomasz Konecki and ‘The Karamazov Brothers’ by Petr Zelenka (world premiere at Karlovy Vary 08) already opened theatrically, while ‘Boogie’ by Radu Muntean (world premiere at Cannes 08) will be presented at the Warsaw Film Festival.

Content of the market is by selection aiming for quality over quantity. By Eastern European is meant films from Bulgaria, Moldova, Romania, Russian Federation, Slovakia, Ukraine, Belarus, and Poland.

Integrated in the CentEast Market Warsaw are the Warsaw Screenings, where professionals can watch selected new Polish films. Apart from the October dates, a summer edition of the Warsaw Screenings (June/July) is aimed at programmers of film festivals held in the autumn. This year , among others, the following films showed and were invited afterwards to the most important events: ‘33 Scenes From Life’ by Małgorzata Szumowska, ‘Four Nights With Anna’ by Jerzy Skolimowski, ‘Mr Kuka’s Advice’ by Dariusz Gajewski, ‘Scratch’ by Michał Rosa.

The full program of CentEast will be announced early October.

Contact: Katarzyna Nowicka, media department of WFF, tel: +48 605 289 794, e-mail: media@wff.pl Dorota Kwint

Warsaw Film Festival unveils lineup

Moscow -- The 24th edition of the Warsaw International Film Festival, which runs Oct. 10 - 19, has announced its competition lineup. Many of the films come form Eastern and Central Europe or are co-productions with the participation of the region’s countries.

The host country will be represented by Malgoska Szumowska’s “33 Scenes From Life,” co-produced with Germany, a drama about a successful artist whose seemingly happy family life one day collapses. Croatian/Slovenian “No One’s Son” by Arsen Anton Ostojic deals with the aftermath of the war in the former Yugoslavia, while “The World Is Big and Salvation Lurks Around the Corner” by Stefan Komandarev explores Bulgaria’s communist past.

Kirill Serebrennikov’s “Yuri's Day,” one of the most critically acclaimed Russian movies this year, tells a controversial and allegorical story about prosperous opera diva Lyubov’s visit to her provincial hometown.

The U.S. will be represented by
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Locarno finds 'Via'

Rome -- "Parque Via," a drama from Mexican director Enrique Rivero, won the top prize at the 61st Locarno Film Festival, where threatening weather over much of the 11 days prevented the event from surpassing last year's attendance record.

Organizers said the festival attracted a total of 180,000 visitors, a 3% drop compared with last year's levels, mostly because of a 5% drop in attendance at the festival's picturesque outdoor venue the Piazza Grande, where only four of 11 screenings took place under clear skies.

The festival did report record-breaking business for its industry office, where five of 18 in-competition films signed international distribution deals.

"Parque Via," one of only four non-world premieres in the lineup, has been a success in every festival it has screened; the film previously won two awards in February at the Mexico City Film Festival. It is the first Mexican film to win Locarno's prestigious Golden Leopard Award.

It capped a noteworthy festival for Latin American film, which was the focus of Locarno's Open Doors sidebar.

Locarno's jury prize went to "33 Scenes From Life," a Germany-Poland co-production from Malgoska Szumowska. Denis Cote won the best director prize for "Elle veut le chaos." Tayanc Ayaydin ("The Market -- A Tale of Trade") and Illaria Occhini ("Mar Nero") won the best actor and actress awards, respectively.

A complete list of winners can be found on the next page.

Golden Leopard

"Parque Via" by Enrique Rivero, Mexico

Special Jury Prize

"33 Sceny Z Zycia" (33 Scenes from Life) by Malgoska Szumowska, Germany/Poland

Best director

Denis Cote, "Elle Veut le Chaos," Canada

Leopard for best actress

Ilaria Occhini, "Mar Nero" by Federico Bondi, Italy/Romania/France

Leopard for best actor

Tayan Ayaydin, "The Market -- A Tale of Trade" by Ben Hopkins, Germany/UK/Turkey/Kazakhstan

C.P. Company Golden Leopard

"La Forteresse" by Fernand Melgar, Switzerland

Cin? Cin?ma Special Jury Prize

"Alicia en el Pais" by Esteban Larran, Chile

Leopard for the best first feature

"Marz" by Hendl Klaus, Austria (International Competition)

Srg Ssr idee suisse Prize for the International Leopard of Tomorrow Competition

"Dez Elefantes" by Eva Randolph, Brazil

Eastman Kodak Company Prize for the International Leopard of Tomorrow

"Kaupunkilaisia" by Juho Kuosmanen, Finland

Film and video subtitling prize

"Babin" by Isamu Hirabayashi, Japan

Ikea Prize for the Leopards of Tomorrow Competition

"La Delogeuse" by Julien Rouyet, Switzerland

Eastman Kodak Company Prize Prize for the International Leopard of Tomorrow

"Un Dia y Nada" by Lorenz Merz, Switzerland

Action Light Prize for the best Swiss newcomer

"Au Caf? Romand" by Richard Szotyori, Switzerland

Prize Cinema e Giovent? -- Leopards of Tomorrow

"Babin" by Isamu Hirabayashi, Japan

For the Swiss National Competition

"Au Caf? Romand" by Richard Szotyori, Switzerland

Youth Jury Prize

First prize

Kirill Serebrennikov for "Yuriev Den" (Yuri’s Day), Germany/Russia

Second prize

Malgoska Szumowska for "33 Sceny Z Zycia" (33 Scenes from Lifes), Poland/Germany

Third prize

Federico Bondi for "Mar Nero," Italy

The environnement is the quality of life prize

Gideon Koppel for "Sleep Furiously," U.K.

The winner of the audience prize

"Son of Rambow" by Garth Jennings, France/Germany/U.K.

Variety Piazza Grande Award

"Back Soon" by S?lveig Anspach, Iceland/France

Netpac Prize

"Daytime Drinking" by Noh Young-Seok, South Korea

Fipresci Prize

"Parque Via" by Enrique Rivero, Mexico

Oecumenical Jury Prize

"Mar Nero" by Frederico Bondi, Italy/Romania/France

Ficc / Iffs Prize

"Yuriev Den" (Yuri’s Day) by Kirill Serebrennikov, Germany/Russia

Cicae Prize

"Sonbahar" (Autum) by ?zcan Alper, Turkey/Germany

Critics Week

"Latawce" (Kites) by Beata Dzianowicz, Poland
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