FILMS - "45 Years" watched by a record audience!
The screening of the film "45 Years", directed by Andrew Haigh and awarded at the Berlinale, filled the largest hall of Multikino 51. It's definitely one of the biggest hits of this year's Transatlantyk, as far as the attendance is concerned! A lot of people also came to see the "Results", "A Most Violent Year", "Bridgend" and "The Invitation". The viewers who came to the Muza Cinema had a chance to see sports movies yesterday including "Valley Uprising" and "Cerro Torre" as well as one of the B-Movies pictures, "Excess Flesh", which was followed by a conversation with its director Patrick Kennelly. At the Kino Rialto the films "Gran Torino" and "Apostle" were shown, the latter had only been presented at two cinemas in France due to the danger of attacks by Islamic extremists, who were outraged by the content of the film. As part of the Retrospective: Gaumont section the viewers at the Nowe Kino Pałacowe could see the "Pusher" again.
After two film screenings at Multikino 51 meetings were held with guests of the festival. The audience of "The Blue School Diaries" - a film produced by the Transatlantyk Foundation - talked with the initiator of the project - Piotr Kulczycki. The film shows the experiences of young people who spent two months with their teachers learning on a sailing ship on a voyage across the ocean. In the hall there were two young people who appeared in the film - Natalie and Olek. They told the audience about their experiences of the voyage. A lot of people also stayed in the cinema hall after the showing of the documentary "No Kidding? Me Too!" by Joe Pantoliano. The director spoke about the work on the film in which, in a humorous but bitter way, he summed up his career. "My winning of an Emmy is a success comparable to that of a dwarf being the highest in the world" Pantoliano commented on winning the award in 2003 for his supporting role in "The Sopranos".
The Škoda Yeti could be found on the fourth day of the festival in the Park Drwęskich. The film shown there was Wes Craven’s "The Scream". Crowds of spectators came to see this horror from the 1990s.
CULINARY CINEMA – A chef becomes a national hero!
On Monday evening, the viewers of the Culinary Cinema could watch two films. One was a full-length film "Finding Gaston", the story of Gaston Acurio - the chef, who is a national hero in his own country. The other, "Sonia's Dream" was in turn a short film dedicated to Sonia Mamani, who lives on Capachica, showing the local women how to overcome poverty through culinary skills. These two stories about people with great passion, which they use to change not only their own lives, became an inspiration for a 4-course dinner. In the kitchen of Concordia Taste the chef of this day was Adam Wozniak, who served, among others, salted trout, beef rib, violet potato chips and white chocolate mousse with burnt cream and passion fruit.
EDUCATION & INSPIRATIONS - Klimt, mandala and a discussion about euthanasia
Two workshops started the Monday at the festival. Simon Curtis, the director of "Woman in Gold", told his listeners about some behind-the-scenes secrets of the making of the film. He talked about how he was inspired by a documentary about Maria Altmann, who after many years decided to recover the family treasure, which were the works of Gustav Klimt, taken away by the Nazis during the Anschluss of Austria. The director also described how much attention he had devoted to the scenes from Vienna to make them an exact copy of the images of the city from the time of the takeover of Austria by the Third Reich: "We even tried to make the actors look like the people in the photographs," he said. The audience was particularly interested in the director’s cooperation with the actress Helen Mirren. "She agreed to take part in the film because she liked the script. She did not improvise on the set! ", confessed the director.
"Anything that attracts our attention, has the shape of circles ...". Ph.D. Marta Holeksa, lecturer of Collegium Da Vinci had a workshop on art therapy. She spoke of the mandala as an ideal figure. As it turns out, the mandala can be understood as an encounter with your own self, a way of reflection on what we want to show on the outside and what we experience inside only. The workshop participants could create their own mandala images in the course of artistic exercises, and then hear about their interpretation, find out what importance is attached to individual symbols, as well as unload their emotions during joint exercises.
At the Nowe Kino Pałacowe an open screening of the film "In Your Arms" took place after 1:00 PM. After the screening a lawyer, a journalist and a writer talked about death. They were Professor Wiktor Osiatyński and Father Roman Bielecki, editor-in-chief of "W Drodze" monthly. "In Your Arms" is a film taking on an important issue of modern times - the problem of euthanasia. The documentary presents the decision of a terminally ill man to end his life. It also shows the process of going through all the procedures necessary to achieve that objective. "I am worried about the lack of hope in the film. Where do we look for it? For me, the film remained at an existential level," Bielecki said. "For me, on the other hand,” replied Osiatyński, “it is a film about love. A film about morality, which is different from that adopted by religion. A film about compassion. Hence, in my opinion, the moral element is stronger than the existential". It turned out that, despite the initial presentation of divergent positions on euthanasia, in many respects the opinions of the speakers were very similar. The audience could also participate in the discussion. Stories of people who lived through the last days of their loved ones, hearing their requests to relieve their pain and help them finish their life moved everyone, including the speakers. The meeting ended with an Iwaszkiewicz’s poem recited by Osiatyński.
A panel discussion on international co-productions was also held on Monday. The meeting was attended by the producer of "Ida" Ewa Puszczyńska and the founders of the production company No Sugar Films – Marta Habior and Marta Lewandowska. The meeting was moderated by film critic Marcin Adamczak. "Co-production is not the remedy for all our ills. But it is certainly a way of opening up to the world "- said Ewa Puszczyńska. Despite the obstacles, such as cultural differences, disparities of various legal systems or a different approach to work on the film, co-productions have many supporters. Participants of the panel presented many positive memories, associated with their projects. The audience could learn, among other things, what the work on "Congress" looked like, and how "Ida" achieved the astounding success, which almost no one had expected.
At the end of the day the workshop entitled "A 3D printer - Is it the filmmaker’s best friend" took place. It was conducted by Paweł Wachowiak and Maja Jabłońska from the company 3Dwydruki. The participants learned, among other things, that 3D modelling allows you to create things from scratch just by using your imagination, and 3D printing is a technology for creating spatial objects layer by layer by a model programmed on a computer. The largest objects can be up to approximately 4 meters, although the size of the longer ones requires using special, very expensive programs. In the film production, 3D printing technology is more cost-effective, and it can lower the cost of the entire project. With its use, you can create a fantastic output. Very often actors are scanned and film props are specially adapted to their measurements. This also allows remote operation as it is just necessary to send the 3D files for printing, which can then be done at the other end of the world. 3D models are also used to produce special effects.
At the end of the festival day a 4-day joint project of Polska Światłoczuła and Transatlantyk Festival was completed. The residents of three villages - Mniszki, Kwilcz and Miedzychód could participate, free of charge, in the screening of great Polish documentaries: "Inny Świat," "Joanna", "Królowa Ciszy" and "Jutro będzie lepiej". The film screenings were accompanied by meetings with the creators of the documentaries: Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, Dorota Kędzierzawska, Arthur Reinhart and Maciej Florek.
PLAC WOLNOŚCI: More attractions at CineBedLibraTec and the Festival Club!
Since early morning CineBedLibraTec was teeming with activity on the fourth day on the festival. Many people came to have breakfast in bed, and in the film reading room one could choose a lot of interesting books that unveiled the secrets of cinema. As usual, you could listen to an interesting lecture at 5:00 PM. This time, Wiesław Kot from the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (SWPS) spoke about the most hypocritical scenes of Polish cinema. After 8:00 PM began the Cinema in Bed marathon. The first film "Juno" was a story of a teenager who had an abortion. The viewers had fun watching "Clerks", and finally Natalie Portman turned into a "Black Swan".
At about 10:00 PM all those hungry for both good fun and music could visit the Festival Club.