An Introduction to Poland’s Robert Majkut

Last week I became aware of the work of Robert Majkut who was born in Szczecin in 1971 and has become one of the most important leading Polish designers and creator of places with a special character.  Since 1988 he has been involved in art as a graphic artist, painter and creator of installations.

Robert Majkut ING bank Warsaw

He is a man of a breakthrough era and his creations interpret the social and cultural changes in Poland.  For Robert the cultural aspect of design is the inalienable permeability of the past and present; his mantra, “the future is tomorrow invented today”.

Robert Majkut Design Cinema Multikino Velvet Bar

He has been honoured by the highest authorities of the Repubic of Poland, sector and journalist groups, and among others, nominated for an Elle Style Award.

Robert Majkut Main Foyer Golden Age Cinema

He is internationally renowned as the one who changes Polish public spaces offering his nation a better quality of life and has designed everything from banks to cinemas.

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Kaunas International Film Festival

Taking place between the 1st and 17th of October, 2010, Kaunas International Film Festival is one of Lithuania’s most appreciated film festivals and the main film event in Kaunas, the country’s second largest city. It presents films that have been acclaimed worldwide and also showcases new talent.  The main priority of Kaunas IFF is a combination of the artistic and social statements in film. In the ‘Wide Angle’ section, acclaimed films are screened that reflect both modern tendencies in film art and social issues relevant to the global context. Kaunas IFF is the only film festival in the region to present a special section on music films with ‘Music Moves the World’ and films about art in the ‘All the Muses’ section. These are the three main sections in the festival, with additional retrospective programmes and theme sections each year.

Kaunas IFF invites all cineastes and film professionals to see the most interesting and noteworthy films created over the past few years and to use Kaunas IFF as a mean of communication by participating in discussions, lectures and meetings with film professionals.

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Krakow Film Festival Celebrates 50th Edition

One of Europe’s oldest festivals dedicated documentary, animation and short films the festival first took place back in 1961.  It is the oldest event of its kind in Poland, and to celebrate the festival’s fiftieth edition, Israeli cinema will be the special guest.

Krakow, Poland

The seven-day festival which gets underway on 31 May, is divided in to three sections:

• International documentaries will compete for the relatively new Golden Horn award
• International short films will battle it out for the famous Golden Dragon trophy, and
• The best Polish film will leave the festival with the Golden Hobby-Horse.

Alongside the festival competition, a number of films will be screened in the non-competitive element of the event. Highlights will include the classic Sound of Music, Rocksteady – the Roots of Reggae and Colombia’s La Casa.  The festival will also host a special night dedicated to music videos.

This year the films on show will be screened in a number of the city’s cinemas including the Kijow.Centrum, the Mikro, Kino pod Baranami, and the Krakowskie Centrum Kinowe ARS. A number of worjkshops, conferences and other events will also be held at a number of venues across the Polish capital of culture.

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Vienna Takes Centre Stage

Westbahnhof, Wien,
Westbahnhof, Wien,

Film clips are the stars of the show in an unusual exhibition, `Vienna in Film’, 27 May to 19 September 2010, when the Wien Museum takes a look at Vienna’s role on the silver screen.  The exhibition at the Wien Museum shows the city in cinema clips dating back a century. Changes in the fabric of the city and the way it is perceived are highlighted in sequences from popular and lesser-known movies from the early days of cinema to the present day. The exhibition also takes a fresh and at times critical look at the way some established city landmarks are portrayed.

Clips from Austrian and foreign films form the backbone of the show and make for a refreshing new take on the exhibition format. Clips are sourced from works including Erich von Stroheim’s drama The Wedding March (1928), post-war masterpiece Abenteuer in Wien (1952; directed by Emile Edwin Reinert), Willi Forst’s Wien, du Stadt meiner Träume (1957) and more contemporary works such as Nordrand by Barbara Albert (1999) and Antares by Götz Spielmann (2004).

Vienna in Film
27 May  – 19 September 2010
Wien Museum Karlsplatz, Karlsplatz, 4th district

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Berlinale: Red Carpet Style at the Berlin Film Festival

This year marked the 60th Annual Film Festival in Berlin: Berlinale. Berlin, a cosmopolitan, exciting capital, and a city of culture with international appeal attracts 4,000 journalists to the festival.  With more than 19,000 film professionals from 136 countries, and in excess of 270,000 tickets sold, this festival is one of the most important dates on the international film industry’s calendar.  Up to 400 films are shown every year as part of the Berlinale’s public programme, the vast majority of which are world or European premieres.  And with renowned art comes renowned style; red carpets adorned with celebrity glamour.  Here are a few of this year’s best dressed:

Berlinale 2010 - En Ganske Snill Mann Screening

Agata Buzek attending the premiere for ‘En Ganske Snill Mann’ as part of the 60th Berlin Film Festival at the Berlinale Palast

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Ljubljana International Film Festival

Ljubljana in winter ; Photo Credit B. Bajželj
Ljubljana in winter ; Photo Credit B. Bajželj

The 20th annual Ljubljana International Film Festival (LIFFe) takes place from November 11th – 22nd 2009, offering cinemagoers a selection of contemporary films from around the world.  As well as screenings of international films, visitors to the film festival will be able to participate in features workshops, interactive multimedia projects and talks.  They will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite film in the Dragon Audience Award, the winner of which will be granted distribution in Slovenian cinemas.  Audiences can vote as they leave the screening or via text message.

The full film festival line-up will be available at where tickets can also be purchased online.

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