The Closing Ceremony of the 17th edition of the Tofifest IFF is already behind us. The winner in the On Air main competition of the festival is the Czech film Let There Be Light, while the triumphant of the From Poland competition is Boże ciało / Corpus Christi, directed by Jan Komasa.
The eighth day of the Festival was abundant with meetings featuring great luminaries of cinema. One of such guests was Agnieszka Holland, the meeting with who followed after the screening of Mr. Jones. The film director was awarded the Golden Angel for Artistic Insolence just a day before.
Nic nie ginie / Nothing is Lost, one of the competitors in the From Poland section, is a rare example of truly authentic pieces of work. People always consider fiction to be more appealing and worthy of attention. This film is clear proof that life itself is the source of the most interesting stories about people.
The 17th edition of the Tofifest ended with a Closing Ceremony, which is traditionally the moment of awarding Golden Angels. The winner of the On Air competition was the film Let There Be Light from the Czech Republic. The winner of the Shortcut competition turned out to be the Spanish film Watermelon Juice.
The ubiquitous flashing of cameras does not agree with one of the most distinguished guests of the 17th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival. Paweł Pawlikowski, an artist with countless festival awards under his belt and praised by well-known filmmakers and musicians, started the meeting joking that there was too much filming around, at times.
Oleg Sentsov, a film director from Ukraine, sentenced by a court in Russia to 20 years in prison in the wake of anti-government protests in Crimea, received the Golden Angel for Artistic Insolence during the 17th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival.
The Tofifest Festival is always eager to work with artists and organisations, which follow the principle of artistic rebelliousness. This year, viewers had an opportunity to take part in a discussion organised by “Szpulka”
Incredible, fresh, different, experimental, rich with contexts and references – these were some of the epithets used to describe the latest film by Xawery Żuławski. The film is definitely surprising by how it plays with the convention and truly capable of shocking the viewer.
On Thursday afternoon, festival goers had a chance to see the film Ikar. Legenda Mietka Kosza, directed by Maciej Pieprzyca, screened as part of the From Poland section. Shortly after the screening, there was a meeting session with the film director, conducted by Łukasz Maciejewski, a popular film and theatre critic.
After watching the latest film by Magdalena Łazarkiewicz Powrót (2018), screened at the 17th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival, the audience had an opportunity to see and talk to two people involved in its making, i.e. its director Magdalena Łazarkiewicz and actress Agnieszka Warchulska.
He played Jerzy Pilch’s alter ego, father Tadeusz in Clergy, Janusz Kondratiuk, or Lech Wałęsa. Thanks to all the mentioned roles and many others, the ubiquitous Robert Więckiewicz has secured himself a unique position in Polish cinema, in recent years. He has become the inimitable face of a kind-hearted Pole
The meeting with Monika Jordan-Młodzianowska, the director behind Żelazny most / The Iron Bridge, and Łukasz Simlat, the leading actor in the film, was filled with time-consuming debates as to the essence of the film, its real meaning, and the personal level of interpreting the feelings
Following the screening of Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin, the latest film made by Renée Beaulieu, screened as part of the QUEBEC CINEMA section, there was a meeting with the film director, during which the audience had an opportunity to talk to the artist and ask questions.
The From Poland section is full of both controversial and interesting film productions, but also provides many opportunities to meet their authors, and such meetings result in widening the perspective in which we see and understand the films. The meeting with the authors of Zgniłe uszy / Rotten Ears
I have been included in a group of people whom I immensely admire, said Maja Ostaszewska expressing her great satisfaction and well-deserved pride, when accepting the Golden Angel for Artistic Insolence during the Opening Ceremony of the 17th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival.
This year, the idea of the Tofifest Festival is to draw the attention of viewers to the adversities that art, both in Poland and in other countries, has to overcome. All guests of the festival have not hesitated to emphasise the importance of the freedom of speech. It is also in the very centre of the issues discussed in the films we can see in cinemas in Poland, and in the Focus on Quebec Cinema section
A series of meetings being part of the programme of the 17th edition of the Tofifest IFF has started with a bang. Those, who watched the film Janka (directed by Adela Kaczmarek), has a chance to meet the woman it is dedicated to, following the screening. During the meeting, Janina Ochojska talked about the hardships she encounters
The official opening ceremony of the 17th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival is now officially behind us. This year, the Opening Ceremony was dominated by L.U.C., who was accompanied on stage by the joined forces of Rebel Babel Film Orchestra. The first Golden Angel of this edition of the festival was awarded to Maja Ostaszewska. Now, once you have drunk your coffee on the lazy Sunday morning, there is a solid dose of film emotions waiting for you.
This 17th edition of the Tofifest IFF will be marked by powerful women. They include Maja Ostaszewska and Agnieszka Holland, coming to Toruń to receive the Golden Angels for Artistic Insolence, and a multitude of various heroines, who sacrifice their lives
On 7th September 2019, the whole world breathed a sigh of relief. After five years of imprisonment, Oleg Sentsov was finally free. The whole world showed solidarity with this film director, and now he is going to pay a visit to Toruń during the 17th edition of the Tofifest IFF.
When she was still a filmmaker taking her first steps in the business, Wajda and Zanussi were already enchanted with her work. Today, she is loved by the whole world. She has proved that a woman from Poland can become part of Hollywood, while three nominations for Academy Awards and having Leonardo DiCaprio, Tim Roth, Ed Harris, and Kevin Spacey playing in films and TV series she directed
On 22nd February 2015, Paweł Pawlikowski immortalised his name in the annals of history of Polish cinema. His Ida became the first ever film made in Poland, which won an Academy Award in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The success was a fruit of long years of truly hard work. And he is far from resting on his laurels.
For an actor, their run of good luck is usually just a short while. It is your moment of being popular, becoming an idol, and calling the shots. However, there are only few of those, who can keep the quality of performance at the highest possible level
Shortcut. The Shortcut International Competition of Short Films is a unique sections dedicated to the films little in form but great in meaning, all of which will be competing for a statuette of the Golden Angel
The screenings of The Painted Bird at the film festivals in Venice and Toronto are a solid proof that cinema is still capable of moving audiences. There was no other film as much discussed and as disturbing to the audiences, as the controversial adaptation of the book written by Jerzy Kosiński.
A descendant of Leonardo Da Vinci, a lover of Luchino Visconti, a vehement fighter for the liquidation of the Ministry of Culture, and last but not least, an extraordinary film director. Franco Zeffirelli, a legend of Italian cinema, is the main figure of the retrospective included in the 17th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival
The Polish première of “The Burnt Orange Heresy” – the film which closes the Venice IFF and features outstanding performances by Mick Jagger and Donald Sutherland – will add splendour to the festival programme of the 17th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival which takes place from 19th to 27th October, in Toruń.
“I’ll be back!” said T800 in one of the scenes in the legendary film “The Terminator.” And he has kept his word. You shall see him on the big screen in a remastered version of this classic film by James Cameron, as part of the 17th edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival, the leading theme of which is 3M, i.e., Metropolis, Mass, Machine. Make yourselves available in the period from 19th October to 27th October, this year.
The 17th edition of Tofifest IFF is approaching fast. This is definitely the last chance for filmmakers to apply for becoming part of the festival programme, as it is for all cinema enthusiasts to take part in recruitment for volunteers, who will build our film family.
It is a unique musical project, which will add splendour to this year’s edition of the Tofifest International Film Festival, which starts on 19th October in Torun, being already the seventeenth edition of the festival.
Organisational experience, a strong item on a list of professional experience in your CV, expanding your contact database with people from the world of cinema and the media, unforgettable moments and long-time friendships — you can gain all that and more by becoming a volunteer at the 17th edition of Tofifest, which takes places from 19th October to 27th October, in Torun.
The authors of the winning films were announced during the Closing Ceremony of the 16th edition of the Tofifest IFF. “Girl” by Lukas Dhont turned out to be a true hit of the festival and a winner of double awards.