CMU International Film Festival to screen Polish film Karbala

This year, Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) will screen a Polish film, Karbala, at their International Film Festival on March 20 at 3 p.m. at CMU’s McConomy Auditorium (5032 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15213). The screening will be the American Premiere of the film. Karbala tells the story of 32 Polish and 16 Bulgarian soldiers as they defended City Hall in Karbala for four days in 2004.

Poland draws filmmakers

Poland is becoming a leader in foreign film production thanks to world-class locations and crews available at a fraction of the price elsewhere in Europe.

Steven Spielberg recently wrapped up a top-secret week of shooting in the city of Wroclaw for what is billed as a 1960s Cold War-era spy thriller featuring fellow Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

Set and shot in the capital Warsaw this spring, Bollywood’s hit action-romance comedy “Kick,” starring A-list bad boy Salman Khan is on track to be India’s all-time top-grossing film, spurring talk of a sequel.

Two other Bollywood productions, “Bangistan” and “Shaandaar,” also chose Poland this year, as did Japan’s upcoming historical drama “Persona Non Grata,” while French director Anne Fontaine has scheduled a 40-day shoot early this year for “Les Innocentes.”

Native son Roman Polanski, who won an Oscar in 2003 for the Holocaust drama “The Pianist” filmed on location in Warsaw, is also considering a new project in Poland.

“Poland is beautiful, it’s exotic, it’s unique and it’s got a certain sense of style which we’ve not seen before,” said hit Indian filmmaker and “Shaandaar” director Vikas Bahl.

Naturally, there’s also the money factor. Most European countries offer tax rebates for international film producers starting at around 20% of production cost, with Ireland touting a 32% tax credit as of next year. While Poland still offers none, 100 local producers provide services at up to half the cost in western European states.

Add nearly 1,000 locations from modern cities to rugged mountains, beaches, forests, castles and pastoral countryside brimming with old-world charm, and foreign filmmakers are increasingly seduced.

According to Maciej Zemojcin, President of the Krakow-based Film Polska, business is good, but he worries that “foreign film production won’t really take off in Poland without tax breaks.”

“With tax breaks,” says Zemojcin, “in 2012 we would have quadrupled our business. We lost the last stage of a tender to Hungarian producers because they could offer tax breaks. It cost us $6 million in lost business,” he told the French press agency.

Source: Polonia Media Network

CMU International Film Festival to feature Pittsburgh premiere of Polish film

On March 20 – April 5, 2014, Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pa. will host the “Faces of Work” International Film Festival. The festival will feature a Polish film, “Wałęsa: Man of Hope.”

As published on the festival’s website:

The eighth edition of the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, sponsored by the Humanities Center, is dedicated to the legacy of world-renowned filmmaker, psychologist, and Carnegie Mellon professor, Paul Goodman, and to his professional focus on the human challenges and achievements of diverse groups of workers worldwide. Audiences will have the opportunity to explore “Faces of Work” through Paul’s compelling short films along with the Pittsburgh premiere screenings of new, distinctive, and award-winning international films and documentaries from Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Sweden, Romania, Turkey, Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Germany, France, Egypt, Chad, Iran, India, Israel, Vietnam, China, Canada, and the USA.

Paul’s dedication to emphasizing global awareness in his teaching and research and to exploring the theme of work in both international and local Pittsburgh communities prompted his desire to bring to light important but often overlooked aspects of work by diverse individuals using his favorite teaching mechanism – filmmaking. “Faces of Work” takes its inspiration from Paul’s vision; its international roster of films will provide a visual examination and interpretation of global working conditions and spaces, and the people in them.

From Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s biopic of Wałęsa, former electrician and controversial President of Poland whose championing of workers’ rights contributed to the fall of communism in eastern Europe; to Paul Goodman’s depiction of the challenging assignments of ship-breakers in India; to Frederick Wiseman’s insight into the daily operations of a publicly-funded research university, this year’s feature films and documentaries will engage audiences with the efforts of workers around the globe, and examine how their contributions to our economy improve or challenge local and global societies in countless ways.

Polish Falcons of America is proud to serve as a sponsor of the CMU Film Festival and the “Wałęsa: Man of Hope” showing. It is the Pittsburgh premiere of the film directed by Andrzej Wajda.

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Hilton Worldwide pays tribute to Polish Cinema

Hilton Worldwide is offering visitors to the city of Lodz a unique voyage through Poland’s cinematic history thanks to the opening on July 22, 2013 of the country’s first DoubleTree by Hilton, part of the chain’s upscale brand, which features more than 350 hotels globally. Opening at the site of the Lodz Film Studio, the newly built DoubleTree by Hilton Lodz pays homage to the golden age of Polish cinema. Its towering 86,000 square feet glass facade depicts a scene from one of the many Polish film masterpieces to have emanated from Lodz’s famous “Dream Factory” studios. Once inside, guests continue their journey through cinematic history with guest rooms featuring film motifs, while the hotel’s swimming pool forms a visual tribute to the works of Oscar winning director, Roman Polanski.

Source: Polonia Media Network