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Severin Announces The Eurocrypt Of Christopher Lee Blu-ray Collection

Severin Announces The Eurocrypt Of Christopher Lee Blu-ray Collection
Severin continues to impress with their incredible box set releases and their latest announcement was an instant pre-order for me: a collection of five remastered Christopher Lee movies and a rarely seen, Christopher Lee-hosted, anthology horror TV series:

(Los Angeles, CA) On May 25th, Severin Films is releasing a box set of buried gems from one of cinema’s most seminal figures - Sir Christopher Lee. He remains one of the most beloved horror/fantasy icons in US/UK pop culture history, but Christopher Lee delivered several of the most compelling, acclaimed and bizarre performances of his entire career in 1960s Europe. The Eurocrypt Of Christopher Lee brings together five of these Lee classics - the 1964 gothic shocker Crypt Of The Vampire; the 1964 cult hit Castle Of The Living Dead co-starring an unknown Donald Sutherland; 1962's celebrated Sherlock Holmes And The Deadly Necklace; 1967's lurid favorite The Torture Chamber Of Dr.
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Screen’s next awards screening: India’s ‘Jallikattu’

Screen’s next awards screening: India’s ‘Jallikattu’
India’s Oscar entry is screening from Jan 27, 3pm UK time.

Screen International has partnered with film market platform Archipel Market on an exclusive series of screenings focused on the international feature awards race.

This initiative is designed to enable each country to organise an event around their submission.

The upcoming screenings are listed below, with more titles set to be added during this year’s awards season.

The screenings are open to awards voters and industry professionals and will be available for 24 hours after the start time.

Click here to RSVP or fill out the form below

For more
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‘Kill It And Leave This Town’ Director Explores Grief & Remorse Through His Hand-Drawn Animation – Contenders International

‘Kill It And Leave This Town’ Director Explores Grief & Remorse Through His Hand-Drawn Animation – Contenders International
KilI It And Leave This Town is a deeply personal, unconventional and moving hand-drawn animation from artist-turned-animator Mariusz Wilczynski, who explores subjects including grief and childhood in his feature debut.

“I wouldn’t say it was biographical; it’s a tale based on emotions I had to deal with and things that happened in my life. It came from a deep feeling of sadness I was going through when my parents passed away,” Wilczynski says during the film’s panel at Contenders International. “I realized there was no tomorrow. I was left with a lot of remorse, unfinished conversations, and mistakes I wanted to make up for. This is what the film does.”

As we hear, the project began as a short film and, as it grew in the director’s head, underwent a remarkable 12-year journey to become a feature. “At some point the film outsmarted me,” says Wilczynski.
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Oscars 2021: Bhutan submits ‘Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom’

Oscars 2021: Bhutan submits ‘Lunana: A Yak In The Classroom’
Bookmark this page for all the latest international feature submissions.

Submissions for the best international feature film award at the 2021 Academy Awards have started to come in, and Screen is keeping a running list of each film below.

The 93rd Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. They were originally set for February 28, before both the ceremony and eligibility period were postponed for two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Submitted films must have been released in their respective countries between the expanded dates of October 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. (Last year it
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Oscars 2021: Switzerland submits ‘My Little Sister’

Oscars 2021: Switzerland submits ‘My Little Sister’
Bookmark this page for all the latest international feature submissions.

Submissions for the best international feature film award at the 2021 Academy Awards have started to come in, and Screen is keeping a running list of each film below.

The 93rd Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. They were originally set for February 28, before both the ceremony and eligibility period were postponed for two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Submitted films must have been released in their respective countries between the expanded dates of October 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. (Last year it
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‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ Review: An Intriguing Polish Social Satire Reveals Hypnotic Powers

‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ Review: An Intriguing Polish Social Satire Reveals Hypnotic Powers
How much healing can a good massage provide? A fast-fading hour or so of relaxation, or a more sustained sense of general well-being and peace with the world, so long as it’s topped up with repeat appointments? In “Never Gonna Snow Again,” a searching, cryptic satire of bourgeois insularity in modern Poland, the magic hands of an immigrant Ukrainian masseur are tasked with easing a litany of woes, from middle-class guilt to climate change anxiety to terminal cancer — though no one thinks to ask him about his own interior aches and pains. After last year’s moody but mildly received English-language diversion “The Other Lamb,” prolific Polish auteur Malgorzata Szumowska returns to home turf in this Venice competition entry, and the result is her most compelling and hauntingly realized film to date.

With a run of variously provocative, distinctively styled films through the 2010s — including the Juliette Binoche starrer
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Ivan Ostrochovský readies a film about the most acclaimed Slovak cinematographer - Production / Funding - Slovakia

Ivan Ostrochovský readies a film about the most acclaimed Slovak cinematographer - Production / Funding - Slovakia
Igor Luther worked on the fragmentary essay titled Self-Portrait where he looks back on his own fruitful professional career and turbulent private life. Slovak producer and director Ivan Ostrochovský, who revealed his latest fiction feature Servants at this year's Berlinale, is continuing in his producing efforts. After co-producing the experimental docu-pic Frem and Petr Zelenka’s dramedy Droneman (read the news), one of the projects he is currently working on as a producer is a documentary with the working title Self-Portrait, centred on the most acclaimed Slovak cinematographer, Igor Luther, who passed away at the beginning of June 2020. Luther commands a glowing filmography, having lensed Juraj Jakubisko’s The Years of Christ and Birdies, Orphans and Fools, Alain Robbe-Grillet’s The Man Who Lies and Eden and Afterwards and serving as DoP on films by Michael Haneke, Wolfgang Staudte, Andrzej Wajda, Aleksandar Petrović and a fruitful collaboration with Volker Schlöndorff with whom.
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Oscars 2021: Poland’s ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ starts international film race

Oscars 2021: Poland’s ‘Never Gonna Snow Again’ starts international film race
Bookmark this page for all the latest international feature submissions.

Submissions for the best international feature film award at the 2021 Academy Awards have started to come in, and Screen is keeping a running list of each film below.

The 93rd Academy Awards are scheduled to take place on April 25, 2021, at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, California. They were originally set for February 28, before both the ceremony and eligibility period were postponed for two months due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Submitted films must have been released in their respective countries between the expanded dates of October 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020. (Last year it
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Europa Europa

Europa Europa
Director Agnieszka Holland pulls off a difficult task — her true-life Holocaust tale neither trivializes the horror nor glamorizes individualized victims at the expense of the big picture. Marco Hofschneider is the inexperienced German teenager who by strange quirks of fate becomes a staunch Stalinist in a Communist school, then a Nazi war hero and candidate for Hitler Youth honors and adoption by a Nazi officer… if he can avoid being uncovered as a Jew in hiding. It sounds tasteless but it’s not — the true story of Solomon Perel reveals the ‘fluidity’ of ideology when survival is on the line. Our young hero must keep ‘becoming’ what he pretends to be. With André Wilms, René Hofschneider and Julie Delpy as a rabid Hitlerite.

Europa Europa

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Starring: Marco Hofschneider, André Wilms, René Hofschneider, Julie Delpy,
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Opening of the 2020 Berlin Film Upstaged by Hate Murders in Hanau by Alex Deleon

Opening of the 2020 Berlin Film Upstaged by Hate Murders in Hanau by Alex Deleon
Germany Weeps For The Victims Of HanauAs the 70th Berlin film festival was about to open in the capital a 43-year-old German racist opened fire at two Shisha (hookah pipe) joints in the secondary city of Hanau, near Frankfurt, killing 11 Turkish and Kurdish German residents and wounding many others. He then returned home where he calmly killed his mother and himself leaving a long death note condemning the Islamic takeover of the country.The news of the film festival gala opening ceremony was relegated to the middle pages of most papers as the entire nation reels in shock.Artistic director Carlo Chatrian ©, executive director of Berlinale International Film Festival Mariette Rissenbeek (R) and host Samuel Finzi observe a minute of silence in honor of victims of a shooting in Hanau as they attend the opening gala of the 70th Berlinale International Film Festival in Berlin, Germany, February 20, 2020. [Photo/Vcg]The turnout at
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Krzysztof Penderecki Dies, The Shining and Exorcist Soundtrack Composer Was 86

Krzysztof Penderecki Dies, The Shining and Exorcist Soundtrack Composer Was 86
Sad news coming out of Hollywood today, as it has been announced that Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki has passed away at the age of 86. Penderecki has been a staple of some of the industry's most well known and well-regarded movies including the likes of The Shining, The Exorcist and Wild at Heart, as well as many others. He died at his home in Krakow, with his death having been confirmed by the director of the Ludwig van Beethoven Association, an organization founded by his wife, Elzbieta.

Penderecki was born in D&#281bica, Poland in 1933 and studied at the Academy of Music in Krakow, becoming one of Poland's most well-known composers. Penderecki's career began in 1959 as a teacher at the Academy Of Music In Krak&#243w. He became known for his avant-garde compositions, with one of his most famous and demanding pieces, 1960s Threnody To The Victims Of Hiroshima, being written for no-less than 52 string instruments.
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92Y Launches Online Film Class Tied to Five Criterion Channel Masterpieces

92Y Launches Online Film Class Tied to Five Criterion Channel Masterpieces
If you’re looking to take a break from binge-watching garbage television and exercise your brain during quarantine, film historian Annette Insdorf and 92Y might have a perfect solution for you. Beginning Sunday, March 29, you can take the online film course “Reel Pieces Remote: Classic Films with Annette Insdorf,” for five weeks every Sunday at 8 p.m.

The five films she has selected — all of them indisputable masterpieces — can be streamed on The Criterion Channel. You can view the film any time before the Sunday night class, along with a prerecorded introduction from Insdorf, followed by the weekly lecture that will also engage live group discussion. Signing up for the 92Y class includes a free Criterion Channel trial membership good for 45 days. The cost for the five courses altogether is $150 — not free by any means, if you’re in the position to enroll.

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Cesar Academy Names Margaret Menegoz Interim President

Producer and outgoing board of governors member Margaret Ménégoz has taken over as interim president of the Cesar Academy. The new president is to oversee a transition period until a new board is announced in April.

Ménégoz, who has produced films for Michael Haneke, Eric Rohmer and Andrzej Wajda under her Les Films du Losange banner, and served as president of UniFrance from 2003 until 2009, will take over immediately, replacing recently resigned president Alain Terzian at the Cesar’s televised ceremony on Feb. 28. She will act as interim president until an April 20 general assembly.

On Feb. 13, the 21-member board of the Association for the Promotion of Cinema – the organization that oversees the Cesar Academy – resigned en masse following mounting industry pushback criticizing the board’s opaque practices and boy’s club atmosphere.

The Academy had also been under fire after nominating the Roman Polanski directed “An Officer and a Spy” for 12 awards.
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‘Kill It and Leave This Town’ Review: A Grotesque Vision Quest Through an Animator’s Childhood Memories

‘Kill It and Leave This Town’ Review: A Grotesque Vision Quest Through an Animator’s Childhood Memories
If you got higher than you’ve ever been in your whole life and then tried to draw all of your childhood memories on a series of Post-It Notes, the results might look a little something like Mariusz Wilczyński’s “Kill It and Leave This Town,” So lo-fi that it makes Don Hertzfeldt look like Walt Disney, Wilczyński’s hallucinatory opus appears as if sketched out in about 15 minutes, but its autodidactic writer/director actually worked on the film for more than 15 years; the process took so long that several of Wilczyński’s collaborators died along the way, including composer Tadeusz Nalepa and the great Polish director Andrzej Wajda (who recorded a brief voice performance).

In that light, perhaps the best and most important thing that can be said about this crude slipstream of a movie is that it gradually convinces you that it couldn’t have been made any
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Katarzyna Klimkiewicz enters post-production with Bo we mnie jest seks - Production / Funding - Poland

Katarzyna Klimkiewicz enters post-production with Bo we mnie jest seks - Production / Funding - Poland
The film about the “Polish Marilyn Monroe”, which currently has no international title, is the Polish-language feature debut by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, who previously shot the UK drama Flying Blind. Many Polish film stars shone bright on local screens during communism, but there was only one so special that you only needed say her first name for people to know whom you were referring to: Kalina. Even though she was an ostentatious brunette, rather than a funny blonde, she was often compared to Marilyn Monroe, whom she adored. Kalina was smart, sensual and loud-mouthed, and sparked controversy with her deep cleavages and famous carriage-ride scene in Promised Land by Andrzej Wajda, where her character performs oral sex – although that part was cut from the later edit of the film, years after its original release (1974). The title of the upcoming feature Bo we mnie...
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Berlin Film Fest Suspends Alfred Bauer Prize as Founding Director’s Nazi Past Revealed

In light of recent revelations that Berlinale founding director Alfred Bauer was once an active, high-ranking Nazi, the film festival has suspended his namesake prize, the Alfred Bauer Silver Bear. A report in German newspaper Die Zeit last week detailed Bauer’s ties to Joseph Goebbels, the infamous Reich Minister of Nazi Propaganda who set up Reich Film Office in 1942 to control the moviemaking industry and use it as a pipeline for information from the party. The report details how Bauer appeared to be a key member of this operation in the 1940s, and prior to, had been a member of the Nazis’ pre-war paramilitary arm.

“We welcome the research and its publication in Die Zeit and will seize the opportunity to begin a deeper research on the festival history with the support of external experts,” the festival wrote on Facebook. “The interpretation of these sources suggests that [Bauer] had held
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Berlin Film Festival Writes To Alfred Bauer Silver Bear Winners Following Nazi Revelations

Exclusive: The new heads of the Berlin Film Festival have written to recipients of the Silver Bear Alfred Bauer Prize to express “surprise” over revelations that the festival’s founding director Bauer was seemingly an active Nazi.

In the letter, the festival distances itself from Bauer’s past and says the naming of the prize has no bearing on the meaning behind the award.

“The article makes it very clear that Alfred Bauer was more involved in Nazi politics than was known so far,” the organizer’s say about last week’s Die Zeit story, which prompted the festival to immediately suspend the prestigious accolade.

The letter continues, “We were very much surprised by this news, however we have immediately taken first steps. We are starting historic research in order to evaluate the situation.

“We would like to emphasize the award has been extended to works because of their new
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Act Like a Man: The Defiant Individualism of Zbigniew Cybulski

Act Like a Man is a column examining male screen performers past and present, across nationality and genre. If movie stars reflect the needs and desires of their audience in any particular era, examining their personas, popularity, fandom, and specific appeals has plenty to tell us about the way cinema has constructed—and occasionally deconstructed—manhood on our screens.In the postwar Polish cinema, it’s difficult to overstate the revolutionary difference presented by the screen appearance of Zbigniew Cybulski. In a nation so thoroughly devastated by the Nazi occupation and the horrors of Stalinism, Cybulski and his generation helped represent the future, though not unchecked by the nightmares of the past. In his short 39 years, he starred in dozens of films—the most prominent of which were collaborations with close friend Andrzej Wajda. In 1956, what would later be called “the thaw” would help spring Polish filmmakers from creative prison.
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Polish Connection. Interview with Kei Ishikawa

Kei Ishikawa – born in 1977 in Aichi, Kei Ishikawa studied at the National Film School in Łódź, Poland. His film ‘Gukoroku – Traces of Sin’ (2016) was selected for the Orizzonti section at the Venice Film Festival. It won the Silver Award at the Shindo Kaneto Awards and earned him Best New Director at the Yokohama Film Festival and Japanese Professional Movie Awards. His other works include the short ‘Ten’ (2017).

‘Listen to the Universe’ – Aya is a former piano prodigy but distanced herself from piano after her mother died. Akashi has a steady job and is married with kids but cannot give up his dream. Masaru is top student at an elite music academy struggling to be the champion. Jin is the mysterious young legacy of the world’s greatest pianist, now deceased. The four piano geniuses face the fierce international competition.

Firstly, I would like to ask you about how did you connect yourself to Poland?
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‘Mr. Jones’ Trailer: Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard Star In A WWII Thriller For Director Agnieszka Holland

Polish film and television director and screenwriter Agnieszka Holland is a journeywoman. Beginning her career as an assistant to directors Krzysztof Zanussi and Andrzej Wajda, at 71, the underrated filmmaker has really done it all. In the early aughts, her no-nonsense style of directing and visual storytelling got her TV jobs on “The Wire” and that lead to a lot of consistent and constant work on American TV shows—”The Killing,” “Treme,” “House Of Cards,” “The Affair” and dozens of other shows.

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