Not too many of us know that it was Vivian Kubrick, daughter of the Stanley Kubrick, who composed the soundtrack to “Full Metal Jacket”. And not too many are aware of other female music composers, for that matter. And that is precisely the reason for Tofifest to say: “Music is a woman”, and invite you to a concert that will close the jubilee 15th edition of the festival, on 28th October. Tickets are available from Thursday, 14th September.
Within the walls of the impressive Cultural and Congress Centre Jordanki, you will have a chance to hear original interpretations of selected pieces composed by Anne Dudley, Wendy Carlos, Vivian Kubrick, Mica Levi, or Rachel Portman, to name a few.
There will also be songs taken from such famous films as “Armageddon”, “Pearl Harbor”, “The Lord of the Rings”, „The Shining”, or “Dancer in the Dark”, interpreted artistically by Paulina Przybysz, Krzysztof Zalewski, and Anna Karwan.
They will be accompanied by the Astrolabium Chamber Choir, who have already cooperated with Zakopower and Krzesimir Debski. The entire project has been directed and produced under the artistic supervision of Bartek Staszkiewicz, a winner of the Fryderyk Award, (together with his band Sofa), in 2007. The concert will be coupled with a special film section titled The Energy of Film Music, dedicated to films that have soundtracks written by women.
The “Music is a woman” concert appears to be a worthy closure of the jubilee edition of Tofifest. Tickets for the event (price: 40/50 PLN) will be available on Thursday, 14th September, from 12:00, on the Bilety24.pl website.
The idea of dedicating a concert that closes the festival to authors of film music is a consistent step in the implementation of the Tofifest programme policy.
Since its very beginning, the festival has made sure that the feminine face of world cinema would be brought to light – and we have been quite successful with that. It was Tofifest to have rediscovered Helena Grossowna, a forgotten pre-war film star, who was born in Torun.
The Torun-based festival has also made frequent references to the situation of women in various places of the world. The visit paid by Shirin Neshat, an artist of international renown and director of Women without Men, was followed by a discussion about Islamic countries. The issue of the status of women in the Indian society was addressed during the first Polish retrospective of films with Smita Patil, an actress and activist of Indian origin. And last but not least, the 25th anniversary of the première of Thelma & Louise, which was in truth a manifestation of women’s independence, was celebrated during Tofifest with a discussion about the freedom and rights of women.
The “Music is a woman” concert will be part of a new music section of the festival under the name “The Energy of Film Music” – the exclusive partner of this section is Apator Group.
The 15th edition of the “rebellious” Tofifest International Film Festival will be held in Torun, from 21st October to 29th October, 2017.