Posted tagged ‘Andrzej Wajda’

Led by Resnais, Almodovar and a newcomer called Precious, the New York Film Festival slate is up!

August 11, 2009

Just announced: the official New York Film Festival slate! Let the chatter commence! The slate naturally boasts films from all over the globe: Italy, Portugal, France, Phillipines, Korea. And it’s got plenty of veterans: Catherine Breillat (Bluebeard), Claire Denis (White Material), Michael Haneke (The White Ribbon), Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime), and Andrzej Wajda (Sweet Rush).

The Festival will open with the U.S. premiere of Alain Resnais’s Wild Grass (Les herbes folles), close with Almodovar’s latest, and boast as Centerpiece Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire which got a lot of positive attention at Sundance. But what plenty of festival goers will be talking about is Lars Van Trier’s Antichrist (trailer above), which caused quite a stir at Cannes.

New Yorkers, get ready, the Festival is almost here!


Smiles All Around

October 29, 2008


One of these things is not like the others…

A: The last has never asked anyone to smell his flower. 
Come see the foundation for all of our favorite Jokers in Young Friends of Film‘s chilling Halloween pic, “The Man Who Laughs.” Need more proof? How ’bout this phony, fan-made poster that was floated as a preview for “The Dark Knight”:
The original man who laughs

The original man who laughs


– Film Comment Selects your Halloween-night flick, “The Changeling.” Costumes welcome!
– Art takes its place in the revolution in Andrzej Wajda’s masterpieces “Man of Marble” and “The Conductor.”
– The first installment of the Film Society and New York City Opera co-production, Cinematic Opera/Operatic Cinema
– Bernstein and Mahler


Thursday, Oct. 30
7:30 YFF: The Man Who Laughs

Friday. Oct. 31
1:00 The Conductor
3:00 Man of Marble
6:15 The Maids of Wilko
9:00 Film Comment Selects: The Changeling 

Saturday, Nov. 1
2:00 Leonard Bernstein Program 10: Bernstein and Mahler, Part I
4:00 Leonard Bernstein Program 11: Bernstein and Mahler, Part II
7:00 The Promised Land

Sunday, Nov. 2
2:00 Cinematic Opera: Ivan the Terrible
7:00 Man of Marble 

All times p.m.

The Wajda Book Club and Jon Jost Onstage

October 22, 2008


Our tribute to groundbreaker Andrzej Wajda continues with a strong literary presence: the historic epic “Ashes” from Stefan Zeromski’s novel, Jerzy’s Andrzejewski and Skolimowski with their affecting comic screenplay in “Innocent Sorcerers,” “Siberian Lady Macbeth”—not Shakespeare, Nicolai Leskov’s book—and the Holocaust story “Landscape After Battle,” from Auschwitz survivor Tadeusz Borowski.

A particular highlight is two showtimes for the rarely screened “The Birch Wood,” an intimate, brother-against-brother take on the big themes: love and death. Wajda’s first close-up focus on a single relationship offers the director’s signature, captivating intensity at a fraction of his epics’ weight.

– Indie filmmaker Jon Jost onstage Friday night, with “Oui Non” and “Over Here.”
– Leonard Bernstein’s jazz legacy.


Thursday, Oct. 23
6:30 Innocent Sorcerers
8:15 Samson

Friday. Oct. 24
1:00 Everything for Sale
7:00 Two Films by Jon Jost: Oui Non
9:00 Two Films by Jon Jost: Over Here

Saturday, Oct. 25
2:00 Leonard Bernstein Program 7: Bernstein and the World of Jazz
4:00 Leonard Bernstein Program 8: New York Philharmonic Young People’s Concerts with Leonard Bernstein
6:30 The Birch Wood
8:30 Ashes

Sunday, Oct. 26
1:30 The Birch Wood
3:30 Hunting Flies
5:45 Pilate and Others
7:40 Siberian Lady Macbeth
9:40 Landscape After Battle

All times p.m.

A visual compilation of Andrzej Wajda’s art and craft

October 22, 2008

Unfamiliar with the work of Polish filmmaker Andrzej Wajda? Then take a look at this tribute reel prepared for the 2000 Academy Awards.

Truth or Dare: The Films of Andrzej Wajda runs October 17 – November 13, 2008

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Video tribute courtesy of Academy Of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences
Editor: Jeremy Workman

Truth or Dare: The Films of Andrzej Wajda starts tomorrow night!

October 16, 2008

Visual, political, and often highly symbolic, the films of Andrzej Wajda are difficult to categorize. No single visual style or strategy characterizes his films: His early work often employed intricately illuminated deep spaces, while his work in the ’70s featured a looser, more documentary feel. When Socialist Realism, the Stalinist aesthetic of exemplary working class heroes and didactic narratives, was the order of the day, Wajda’s films served as alternative or counter-histories to the officially sanctioned versions of events.

See the director in person this weekend:

Fri Oct 17: 7:30 The Promised Land
Sat Oct 18: 6:30 Everything for Sale
Sun Oct 19: 4:50 Ashes and Diamonds
Sun Oct 19: 7:30 Katyn

What people are saying about the series:

“Not only Poland’s greatest filmmaker but one who, throughout his long career, has demonstrated a remarkable knack for making movies that double as political events…The most complete retrospective an American institution has ever given the 82-year-old director. It opens with characteristic Wajda brio: First day’s screenings include Wajda’s 1954 debut, provocatively titled A Generation; his 1958 triumph Ashes and Diamonds (the greatest of all ‘youth films,’ a game-changer not only for Polish cinema but for national film industries throughout Eastern Europe)” ” – J. Hoberman, The Village Voice

“YOU NEVER KNOW QUITE WHAT TO EXPECT FROM A WAJDA PICTURE… The only thing, perhaps, that has prevented Mr. Wajda from becoming the sort of art-household name that Fellini and Bergman and Antonioni became is that his style, unlike those of his more famous contemporaries, is changeable, unsettled, hard to define.” – Terrence Rafferty, The New York Times

“Loooong overdue for a major retrospective, and Walter Reade is happy to oblige.” – Time Out New York

“A politically unflinching body of work that’s something like a contemporary and retroactive history-in-progress of the Polish nation.” – The L magazine