Poland’s official Oscar candidate turns a dramatic true story from the final years of the Cold War into a rousing heist thriller.
Based on real events, the official Polish entry in the Best Foreign Language Oscar race is a punchy period thriller with a universal feel-good message. Set at the dawn of Poland’s final turbulent decade under the yoke of Soviet Communism, 80 Million joins the swelling ranks of dramas from former Eastern Bloc nations that re-examine the dying days of Russian rule – films like Kolya from the Czech Republic, The Lives of Others from Germany, and 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days from Romania. It may just be coincidence, but two of these three won Academy Awards. Continue reading
Johanna Kern, a Canadian of Polish descent, first began her career as a professional actress in Europe, and moved to Toronto to pursue a career in film and television. Kern is recognized for her unique directing style and her vision that captivates broad audiences and draws exceptional professionals to her productions. Continue reading
Back for its 24th annual edition, the Polish Film Festival in America bills itself as the world’s largest annual showcase of Polish cinema outside Poland. Continue reading
Let us now praise Polish film. Or, let me. Having just watched the last screener for the seventh annual Austin Polish Film Festival (my second festival preview on these pages), I’m a fan; I now actually troll Netflix for Polskie films – in between festivals. Until last year, Polish film, for me, meant mostly the usual suspects – Polanski, Holland, Kieslowski, Wajda. Continue reading
Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival Returns to the Revue
A relative newcomer to the Toronto’s packed fall-festival schedule, the Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival is dedicated to spotlighting Poland’s most promising emerging filmmakers. Continue reading
Canadian Polish director Johanna Kern’s latest feature fantasy/family film, with visual effects, titled “Shadowland, The Legend”, is now available across Canada. With its fantasy themes suitable for all audiences, the film could be a treat for upcoming Halloween!
Ekran Polish Film Festival in Toronto returns for its 4th annual edition from October 25 th to the 28th, 2012, and is expected to draw an audience of over 3000 film-goers from across the GTA to its primary location at the historic Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Ave.
Ekran Polish Film Festival is the brainchild of Ekran Polish Film Association, a grassroots, not- for-profit organization dedicated to promoting Polish film and media arts within Canada’s multicultural setting. Over the first three years of its existence, the Ekran team was focused largely on promoting its activities within the Polish-Canadian community in order to secure sponsorships and grow its audience base. Having succeeded in this task, Ekran Polish Film Festival is now ready to take another step toward its long-term objective of delivering a program that can appeal to both Polish-Canadians and the broader multicultural community of Toronto. Continue reading
Have you ever dreamed of making a film, but do not know how to start?
Have an idea for a screenplay, but do not know how to turn it into a script?
Drafted a screenplay only to let it languish at the bottom of your desk drawer?
The workshop are organised by Ekran Polish Silm Association and Blind Dog Films Continue reading
Music is the food of family-bonding in My Father’s Bike (Mój rower), a wryly comic crowdpleaser from Poland whose prickly humor and high-profile stars should ensure harmonious domestic box-office returns following its November 16 release. Abroad, festivals catering to older audiences in general and jazz-lovers in particular will want to check out this third feature from director/co-writer Piotr Trzaskalski, which landed the Best Screenplay award at Poland’s national film-festival in Gdynia back in May. Continue reading
An explosively auspicious screen debut from live-wire twentysomething Marcin Kowalczyk isn’t enough to save You Are God (Jesteś Bogiem), a disappointingly low-key chronicle of Poland’s most influential late-1990s/early-2000s hip-hop crew. Continue reading