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The legendary Polish director Andrzej Wajda who died last year at the age of ninety is being honored at the Film Society of Lincoln Center with an eleven-film tribute from February 9th to the 16th, presented in partnership with the Polish Cultural Institute. The selection of films is quite good even if several of the most impressive films from the first half of his career such as Ashes, Everything for Sale and The Wedding are missing. Fortunately, all the films—excepting the New York premiere of his final film, Afterimage, from last year—are being screened in 35mm.
Afterimage, photographed attractively in widescreen, is a portrait of the final years—a period of Stalinist persecution and Kulturkampf—of the significant Polish avant-garde artist, Władysław Strzemiński, brilliantly portrayed by the great Bogusław Linda. Wajda's perspective on the material is not especially original here, and stylistically and imaginatively this is a relatively conventional work in the director's œuvre,but he approaches the subject with sensitivity and skill with an admirable consistency and is especially effective at evoking the early postwar period in Łódź.
Afterimage screens on Thursday, February 9th at 7pm.
To learn more, go to: http://www.filmlinc.org/
Tribute to Andrzej WajdaFebruary 9 - 16, 2017
Film Society of Lincoln Center70 Lincoln Center Plaza #7New York, NY 10023
The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Ave, Queens, NY) and The India Center Foundation are launching India Kaleidoscope, a festival celebrating the rich cultural heritages of India and Indian cinema. Running December 8 to the 11th, the festival features eight films tackling societal and changing issues within India.
“India Kaleidoscope is an auspicious start to MoMI’s collaboration with The India Center Foundation. This dynamic partnership is proven by the quality of the Festival lineup and the participation of so many emerging and established film directors,” said the Museum’s Chief Curator, David Schwartz.
One of the highlights of the festival is India in a Day, which was shot over the course of a single day in October 2015 when thousands across India recorded and shared moments from their everyday lives. The film was directed by Richie Mehta and executive produced by Ridley Scott.
Films at the festival include:
To learn more, go to: http://www.movingimage.us/
India KaleidoscopeDecember 8 - 11, 2016
Museum of the Moving Image36-01 35th Ave.Queens, NY 11106
Featuring musical guests, special panels, appearances by actors and directors, and a wealth of films, the Other Israel Film Festival (December 1 - 8, 2016, multiple venues across New York City) offers a bountiful slate of film, art, and culture from Israeli and Arab people. This being the 10th installment of the fest is a momentous occasion. “We are thrilled to mark ten years of curating dynamic and inclusive forums for exploration of tough themes related to Israeli society,” says Ravit Turjeman, Director of the Other Israel Film Festival & Fund. “As in past years, we will continue to encourage cinematic expression and creativity that truly celebrate the humanity and daily lives of Arab citizens and other minority groups who are most often overlooked by mainstream culture.”
Films (many of which are US premieres) being shown include:
Special events during the festival include a short films selection, opening and closing receptions, as well as a concert from Tamer Nafar with Marcus Mumford. Panel discussion on the power of film includes special guests Michael Moore, Udi Aloni, Chelsey Berlin, Tony Copti, and Maya Zinshtein
To learn more, go to: https://www.otherisrael.org/
Other Israel Film FestivalDecember 1 - 8, 2016
For over three decades, the Denver Film Festival has been exploring the depths of cinema with classic revivals, premieres, and international discoveries. The festival returns to it’s home at the Sie FilmCenter (2510 E Colfax Ave, Denver, CO) from November 2 to the 13th. One of the highlights of the fest is American Epic, a documentary produced by Robert Redford, T Bone Burnett and Jack White, follows the reconstruction of the first recording machine ever used by the music and film industry, a piece of tech that has long since been forgotten.
Other films slated to be shown at the fest include:
Among the festival’s honors is the Krzysztof Kieslowski Award for Best Feature Film, the Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary and the achievement-based John Cassavetes Award. The festival also features a series of panel discussions on topics including food in cinema, outreach workshops, historical overviews and more. The festival will also feature more than 130 filmmaker guests making in-person appearances.
To learn more, go to: http://denverfilmfestival.denverfilm.org/
Denver Film FestivalNovember 2 - 13, 2016
Sie FilmCenter2510 E Colfax Ave.Denver, CO 80206
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