Krakow opens with Concerto for Two
by Vladan Petkovic
- The 58th edition of the Krakow Film Festival opened last night with the world premiere of Tomasz Drozdowicz's biopic of famous Polish musician Jerzy Maksymiuk
The 58th Krakow Film Festival, dedicated to short and documentary films, opened last night with the world premiere of Tomasz Drozdowicz's Concerto for Two [+see also:
film profile], about conductor, pianist and composer Jerzy Maksymiuk and his relationship with his wife Ewa. The film is screening in both the DocFilmMusic and national competition.
Over eight days, until the closing ceremony on 3 June, the Krakow Film Festival will show about 250 films from all over the world, presented in four competitions and 12 sidebar sections.
The international documentary competition features 18 films, including IDFA titles such as Debut by Anastasiya Miroshnichenko, Of Fathers and Sons [+see also:
film profile] by Talal Derki, Over the Limit [+see also:
film profile] by Marta Prus, and The Deminer [+see also:
film profile] by Hogir Hirori and Shinwar Kamal. Among the other European films in competition are the Swiss efforts Fell in Love with a Girl [+see also:
film profile] by Kaleo La Belle and Mano Khalil's Hafis & Mara, Open to the Public [+see also:
film profile] by Italy's Silvia Bellotti, Rabot [+see also:
film profile] by Belgium's Christina Vandekerckhove, Reggae Boyz by Germany's Till Schauder and White Mama [+see also:
interview: Zosya Rodkevich
film profile] by Russia's Zosya Rodkevich, who won the festival's main prize, the Golden Horn, with My Friend Boris Nemtsov [+see also:
film profile] in 2016.
The national competition consists of 44 films, out of which ten are feature-length documentaries, including Natalia Koryncka-Gruz's A Minor Genocide, Stanisław Berbeka's Dreamland, Małgorzata Imielska's Love and Empty Words, Lidia Duda's Newborn and Anna Konik's Under a Placid Sky.
This year’s Dragon of Dragons Award for Lifetime Achievement will go to Sergei Loznitsa, a multiple Krakow Film Festival winner. The programme includes a retrospective of Loznitsa’s films, and a master class on the use of archival footage and one’s own life experiences in filmmaking.
This edition’s special guest is Estonian cinema. The Focus on Estonia will present the latest productions from the Baltic country, including a special programme for kids and teenagers, and a selection of student films. Film professionals from Estonia and Poland will meet at the industry conference to discover opportunities for collaboration.
Traditional sidebars at the festival include Sound of Music (music films screened in the open-air cinema at the foot of Wawel Castle), Festival Award Winners (films awarded at Krakow's “friend” festivals), Docs+Science (science films accompanied by meetings with experts), Polish Panorama (a showcase of the latest Polish productions), Kids&Youth (cinema for the young), World Stories (last year’s most widely discussed documentaries from different parts of the world) and Somewhere in Europe (films made in European countries).
For the full programme, click here.
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