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Euro Cinema Celebrated In The City of Angels

By Nicole Muj

Los Angeles Informer

The seventh annual German Currents and 14th annual Polish Los Angeles film fests were feted this past week, both showcasing their country’s very best cinematic offerings at Hollywood’s legendary Egyptian Theater.

German Currents Film Festival at Egyptian Theater

German Currents Film Festival at Egyptian Theater

On the heels of celebrating German Unification Day, the German Currents festival, held October 4-7, opened with the film “Measuring The World” (Die Vermessung Der Welt) by director Detlev Buck.

In “Measuring the World,” two of the greatest minds of the 19th century, mathematician Carl Friederich Gauss (Florian David Fritz) and scientist Alexander von Humboldt (Albrecht Abraham Schuch) dedicate their studies to measuring and comprehending their worlds.  Based on Daniel Kehlmann’s bestselling novel, the visually stunning epic is a playful re-imagining of their lives. The film was nominated for two German Film Awards in 2013 and won Best Costume Design and Best Make-up Design awards at the 2013 Austrian Film Awards.

Frank Mottek, Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer and Wife Jutta Enjoy Opening Gala

Frank Mottek, Consul General Dr. Bernd Fischer and Wife Jutta Enjoy Opening Gala

Other films screened over the four day festival include “Oh Boy,” “Beerland,” “ The Adventures of Huck Finn,” “Gold” and “Layla Fourie.”

Running October 8-17, 2013, the Polish Los Angeles Film Fest premiered the heartwarming, award-winning film “My Father’s Bike” (Moj Rower) by Piotr Trzaskalski on opening night. In the film, 70-year-old Wlodek (played by famous jazz musician Michal Urbaniak) finds a letter from his wife informing him of her leaving, shocking the family. Wlodek’s son Pawel, a famous pianist who resides in Berlin, and his teenage grandson Maciek are indignant about the fact that their mother and grandmother has left her husband for another man. They decide to find her and bring her home. The film received Best Actor nods at the 2012 Tallinn Black Night Film Festival, Best Screenplay at the 2012 Gdynia Film Festival, Audience Prize at the 2012 Minsk International Film Festival and Best Film at the 2012 Torun International Film Festival.

Polish Film Festival Los Angeles Festival Director Vladek Juszkiewicz,  Hollywood Foreign Press Member Yola Czaderska-Hayek , Director Dennis Dugan

Polish Film Festival Los Angeles Festival Director Vladek Juszkiewicz,
Hollywood Foreign Press Member Yola Czaderska-Hayek , Director Dennis Dugan

During the opening night festivities awards were also presented to the best of the fest, including the Piotr Lazarkiewicz Award for Young Talent presented to Julia Kolberger and Bartosz Gelner; Short Film Award to Julia Kolberger (Easter Crumble) with an Honorable Mention to Jakub Paczek (128th Rat), Hollywood Eagle Animation Award to Michal Bielawski (Mundial, The Highest Stakes), Hollywood Eagle Award to Andrzej Jakimowski (Imagine) and Marcin Krysztalowicz  (Manhunt).

Award Winners at 14th Annual Polish Los Angeles Film Festival

Award Winners at 14th Annual Polish Los Angeles Film Festival

www.goethe.de/germancurrents 

www.polishfilmla.org

 *Photos Courtesy of German Currents and Polish Los Angeles Film Festivals

Nicole MujNicole Muj

Nicole Muj is the founder of KULTURA PR (kulturapr.com), a public relations company that specializes in international entertainment and cultural clients. Ms. Muj is also involved in booking A-list Western music artists and celebrities in Europe, Mexico and Asia. Previously, she served as Associate Director, Worldwide Publicity, E! Networks, and held senior level positions at LA-based mPRm Public Relations and Comspan Communications. Contact – email: nicolemuj@hotmail.com; phone: 310-804-0964. 

 

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