Polanski Honored at Krakow Film & Music Fest

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Polanski Honored at Krakow Film & Music Fest


Pritchard, Tiffany, Screen International


Now in its ninth year, Krakow's Film and Music Festival (FMF) brought together film composers and music professionals for a series of masterclasses and concerts in the heart of the city's historic old town. This year's festival ran from May 24-30, with an additional concert concluding its musical showcase on May 31.

The festival kicked offwith a special distinction award for Roman Polanski, who was honoured by the Polish Filmmakers Association (SPF) for his contribution to Polish cinema. The 82-year-old Krakow native, who survived the Nazi's Second World War takeover of Poland, leapt to the stage to receive his accolade and said: "I'm just a boy from Krakow, I never thought I would get this far."

Polanski is back in the headlines this week after the Polish government said it will appeal a court's decision to block the film-maker's extradition to the US to face charges relating to his 1977 conviction for underage sex. The ruling could come as early as August.

Alexandre Desplat was also in attendance. The Oscar-winning composer's scores for Polanski's most recent films Venus In Fur, Carnage and The Ghost Writer were played in the concert held in Polanski's honour. Desplat was awarded with the Kilar Prize for his significant contribution to film music.

Other highlights included the AlterFMF concert, which brought the electronic scores of composers such as CliffMartinez (Drive, The Neon Demon) and Johann Johannsson (Sicario) to orchestral life.

"We put a lot of effort into building the programme," said artistic director Robert Piaskowski. "Our aim is to educate people of all ages and interests, both in culture and music."

Concerts

There were nine concerts in total with the AlterFMF gala raising the most eyebrows for its presentation of electronic sounds within an orchestral framework. Berlin-based composer and orchestra arranger Stefan Behrisch transformed Martinez's scores for the Nicolas Winding Refn trio Drive, Only God Forgives and The Neon Demon.

Johannsson was in attendance for the live performance of his Oscar-nominated Sicario score, which reverberated around Krakow's 16,000-seat arena. …

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