STRIKING IMPRESSION THROUGH INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOP "COUNTRY IN FOCUS: POLISH CINEMA"

Within the framework of the 5th Hanoi International Film Festival, the International Workshop themed "Country in focus: Polish Cinema" took place at Deawoo Hotel from 09h00 to 12h00 on October 28th, 2018. This workshop is an important highlight that helps domestic and foreign filmmakers better understand the Polish cinema and the extraordinary achievements that the country has made in recent years.

Attending the seminar were Mr. Wojciech Gewel, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Vietnam, Polish organizations in Vietnam, cinema managers, film researchers inside and outside Vietnam, artists, producers, film release, representatives of relevant ministries and branches of Vietnam, press reporters and representatives of Embassies of the countries attend the festival, delegates who have film to participate in this festival ...

Poland is a country that has diplomatic relations and is a traditional partner of Vietnam. Poland is home to many world famous directors such as Andzey Vajda, Roman Planski ...
In 2015, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida won the Oscar for Best Foreign Film. This award is a sign that Polish cinema has entered a flourishing stage in terms of artistic quality, the number of films produced, box office revenue. Film managers argue that the experiences of state investment in cinema and the efforts of Polish filmmakers to make artistic creation are valuable and practical lessons for Vietnamese filmmakers and international filmmakers.

At the beginning of the workshop, Dr. Ngo Phuong Lan, Director of Cinema Department, General Director of 5th Hanoi International Film Festival made the opening speech. She emphasized in this Hanoi International Film Festival, a complete collection of typical Polish films will be screened to help researchers, filmmakers and viewers understand the picture and important achievements of Polish cinema.
This workshop, which will focus more on the aspects and share the experience of Poland - a country that has gone from difficulties, full of ups and downs, but the cinema has gained remarkable achievements. There are films and famous names known by the world.

Mr. Wojciech Gewel, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Poland to Vietnam, expressed his thanks to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism of Vietnam for bringing the Poland Cinema Program become this Festival’s focus.
He argues that cinema helps us see the world at different prisms in order to understand the differences of cultures. The Polish cinema in focus at this festival gives us a deep insight into the inner space of Poland culture in order to understand and preserve the values that characterize the Polish nation. "
Mr. Philip Cheah, former director of the Singapore International Film Festival – advisory editor of the Asia Pacific Films forum, chaired the conference. The workshop discussed many important and practical topics. First of all, the workshop mentioned the policies that promote Polish cinema to develope.
The presentation by Andrej Pitrus, Professor at the Jagiellonian University in Poland drew a general picture of the development of Polish cinema. Born almost a hundred years ago, Polish cinema has experienced ups and downs along the history of the nation.
By the 1980s, Polish cinema had grown manifold, with many trends and new content, with hot topics linked to the political situation, but sometimes also deep into human destiny, private experiences with different modes of expression.
Polish open-minded filmmakers, influenced by the "new wave" in France and Europe, have access to filmmaking tendencies in the United States and other countries, but the core is  they are not far from the nature of human and cultural characteristics of Poland. Many films with famous names appeared. On the other hand, Polish cinema was at a time of financial hardship, and directors struggled to find funding from both the public and private sectors. However, they tried to be independent in creative thinking. They have paid attention to the movie market, but also focused on creative elements and subtle discoveries in art. In the 90s of the last century, the return of a number of former Polish filmmakers who once settled abroad has blown a breath of life into Polish cinema, making the cinema more open and integration. And that is also a factor to make the diversity, the development of this cinema.
Actress Agata Trzebuchowska, an independent filmmaker, said one of the successes of Polish cinema was the creativity of independent filmmakers. She talked about the process of finding funding sources for filmmaking from the idea of scriptwriting to finding sponsors to presenting ideas... It was the funding that helped her career.
Writer Mateusz Pacewicz continued to talk about the experience of seeking funding from public or private sources. He underscored that, regardless of funding, filmmakers are also trying to get creative freedom, the independence of ideas and unique creations that will create success.

In the next section, writer Doan Minh Tuan, art designer Allan Starski and journalist and parliamentarian Piotr Gadzinowski talked about The rich and unique contributions of director Andrzej Wajda with the development of Polish cinema.
At the end of the workshop, Mr Miguel Dela Rosa, Managing Director of the ASEAN Film Fund, talked about the prospects for cooperation between Polish cinema and filmmakers in Asean, which he said should create conditions for countries to make film together. He welcomes filmmakers' participation in international film festivals. He hoped to bring ASEAN filmmakers to Poland and vice versa. He said cooperation between ASEAN and Poland was a difficult but feasible task. He hoped that the potential for cooperation and dreams would soon materialize.
Director Pham Nhue Giang talked about the memories and impressions when she saw Poland films several decades ago in Vietnam. She expects Polish filmmakers to further promote their film industry and hopes that Vietnam and Poland will increase cooperation in the field of film production and dissemination.

Professor Andrej Pitrus asserted that “cooperation is not just about finding common concerns, common themes in the stories, we need to keep the identity of each nation. Such films will contribute to mutual understanding among nations”.

The "Country in Focus: Polish Cinema" workshop left a deep impression, filmmaking experience as well as the prospects for cooperation between Polish and Vietnamese filmmakers and among Asean-Polish filmmakers. The presence of Polish films in Vietnam and this important workshop is meant as a landmark event between two cinemas of two nations that have a lot of affection and close ties in the past. Hopefully, the cooperation and exchanges between filmmakers will be increasingly developed, opening the door to exchange and enjoy cinematography between film lovers of the two countries.


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