ROMAN SHUMUNOV - AS A SPECIAL GUEST FROM ISRAEL!
Roman Shumunov is an award winning Israeli director, screen writer and editor. Has been titled more than once — as one of the most promising young directors in Israel. As a director, writer, and co producer, television, and cinema projects, Roman has been keeping busy across different genres. His past and present projects include: Documentary feature film “Babylon Dreamers” opened the DocAviv International F.F. and won first prize and over 30 festivals. “Here and Now”– Ophir Award (Israeli Oscar) . Social drama about young immigrant living with her little sister in the slums of the city and struggling to assimilate into Israeli society. Greatly valued film “Back to Chernobyl”, that was successful distributed to dozens of countries and festivals around the world. In April 2021 was released epic historical drama film– “Berenshtein — The last Partisan”. The film based on a true story of Leonid Berenshtein, who located the secret facility of Hitler. Won Best Director and Best Film.
BERENSHTEIN WILL BE SCREENED AT THE POLIN MUSEUM ON 20.11.2022, 5:00 PM
In 2022 he produced: TV Series «Generation 1.5» 3 Episodes, 2022 and «Memory Forest», 4 Episodes, 2022. At the moment Roman is working on a new drama mini series, in co-production with «TelePooL Group» and Israeli Channel 8 — «Munich 72», the untold story of the biggest terror attack of 20 century.
MEMORY FOREST WILL BE SCREENED AT TAUBE CENTER 19.11.2022, 6:30 PM
YAROSLAV KUCHERENKO - A SPECIAL GUEST FROM UKRAINE!
Yaroslav Kucherenko was born and raised in Kyiv. First degree is Bachelor of Economics. But after that, he decided to become an actor and went to London and graduated from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts Acting School in 2012. He also graduated from the Acting School of Kirill Mikhanovsky, a winner of the Cannes Film Festival. He also listened to an actor training at Ivanna Chubbak, a world-renowned actor educator. He has appeared in numerous television series, TV shows, and commercials. He will be present at the BERENSHTEIN screening at the POLIN Museum on November 20th!
BERENSHTEIN WILL BE SCREENED AT THE POLIN MUSEUM ON 20.11.2022, 5:00 PM
Julia Rosenberg, January Films, Producer. Julia Rosenberg founded January Films in Toronto early in 2005. The boutique production company works with both Canadian and international talent and financing to create feature films, documentaries, and television. January Films has produced, co-produced, or executive produced nine features: Charlotte, starring Keira Knightley, Sundowners, featuring Tim Heidecker; Natasha, written and directed by David Bezmozgis; Omamamia starring Marianne Sagebrecht and Giancarlo Giannini; Real Time, starring Randy Quaid and Jay Baruchel; the feature documentaries The Bodybuilder and I, winner of Hot Docs Best Canadian Film; Teenager Hamlet, 15 Reasons To Live, and Ben Gurion, Epilogue. Charlotte is January Films' first animated film. Earlier in her career, Julia co-produced several notable feature films, including Being Julia, directed by Istvan Szabo and starring Annette Bening, and Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces featuring Rosamund Pike.
CHARLOTTE WILL BE SCREENED AT KINOGRAM CINEMA: 17.11.2022
Upon graduating from the University of Theatre and Film Arts in Budapest, Kata Wéber began her career working in theatre, eventually becoming a scriptwriter and playwright. Her theatre pieces have been shown in Hungary, Poland, Switzerland and Germany picking up various awards along the way. During these years, she began working for Proton Cinema and started collaborating with director Kornel Mundruczo. Their first film together, White God, won the Un Certain Regard award at Cannes in 2014 and had its North American premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015. Her next original feature, Jupiter’s Moon, premiered in competition at Cannes in 2017. Her first english screenplay PIECES OF A WOMAN was in Competition as part of the Official Selection at the 77th Venice International Film Festival. Her last film, EVOLUTION premiered in Cannes in 2021. She received her DLA degree summa cum laude from The University of Theatre and Film Arts Budapest in 2018.
EVOLUTION WILL BE SCREENED AT KINOGRAM CINEMA: 18.11.2022, 6:00 PM
Saskia (1972) lived in Germany until she was 8 years old. Then she moved to the Netherlands. After her graduation as a filmmaker at School of the Arts Utrecht (HKU) in 1996 she worked for seven years at the Dutch broadcast VPRO as a director and editor in chief for several television programs. In 2003 she directed DU a double language roadmovie, which was selected for the IFFR, Input festival and the Prix Europa. After that she has directed and written several shorts and TV-movies. Her first feature Nena was released in September 2014 and won the Golden Calf in the category best actress and best director at the NFF in 2015. The film was selected for several international film festivals and the Generation 14+ program at the Berlinale 2015 where the film got a Special Mention by the international jury. Her second feature Dorst, based on the novel by Esther Gerritsen premiered at the IFFR in 2018 and was selected for the International Film Festival Shanghai. In 2021 she directed De Zitting, a feature about #MeToo which was nominated for a Golden Calf in the category Best Singleplay at the NFF. Saskia is a senior lecturer in both writing and directing for film at HKU Media, School of the Arts Utrecht, since 2004.
FILMOGRAPHY: 2022 Het Verloren Transport / Lost Transport (101” feature) - Director & Writer / KeyFilm / COIN Film / Amour Fou / NTR; 2021 De Zitting / Judgement Call (80” feature) - Director / Nuts & Bolts / BNNVARA; 2019 Fit to Fly (5 x 25” feature script for podcast) - Writer & Director / Scripts off Screen / KRO-NCRV; 2018 Dorst / Craving (90” feature) -Writer & Director / KeyFilm / September Film / Media Luna; 2015 Een Goed Leven / A Good Life (50” TV movie) -Writer / Bind / VARABNN; 2014 Nena (90” feature) - Writer & Director / KeyFilm / COIN Film / VPRO / Cinéart; 2014 P (10” short) -Writer / VenFilm / NTR; 2008 De Laatste Dag / The Last day (10” short) - Director / Lemming / NTR; 2008 Taxi 656 (40” TV movie) - Director / Pupkin / VARA; 2004 Nieuwe schoenen (40” TV movie) -Director / Rinkelfilm / VARA; 2003-2004 Het geluk van Nederland (40 “ TV-magazine) - Director / VPRO; 2003 VPROvanavond (90” TV-magazine) -Editor in Chief / VPRO; 2003 DU (50” TV-movie) -Director / Ribafilm / VPRO; 2000 Ingodsnaam (Documentary series 5 x 25”) - Director / VPRO; 1997-2002 Waskracht! (25” TV-magazine) -Director / Editor in Chief / VPRO.
HER NEWEST FILM LOST TRANSPORT WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE POLIN MUSEUM: 19.11.2022, 5:00 PM
Director and linguist. 2010 She graduated from the Universiät of Greifswald (Germany) with degrees in German as a Foreign Language, Baltic and Finnish Studies. 2006 -2010 she cooperated with the Centre of Theatre Practices Gardzienice. 2018 she graduated in film directing at the Polish National Film and Television School in Lodz (Poland). From 2014 she gains experience as an assistant director at feature fiction and documentary films and works at television formats. Currently she lives and works in Berlin.
HER SHORT FILM 19|91 WILL BE SCREENED AT THE POLIN MUSEUM: 19.11.2022, 6:30 PM
Chanoch Ze'evi is a director and producer of documentary films for television and the documentary film industry. In two decades of filmmaking, Mr. Ze'evi has addressed issues of conflict, reconciliation, and the social and political circumstances that define identity. His films are intended to forge paths and build bridges between opposing groups and cultures. Mr. Ze'evi is founder and owner of "Maya Productions", an Israeli production company that specializes in documentary films for local and foreign audiences. Many of the company's projects have been produced in collaboration with television stations in Israel, the United States, and Europe. A sampling of his projects includes: Hitler's Children (2012) Director/Producer; Nadia's Friends (2006) Director/Producer / Awards: Tolerance Prize, Berlin Jewish Film Festival 2006 Honorable Mention, Jerusalem Film Festival 2006; On the Frontline (2001) Director/Producer; Revenge (1999) Producer; The Disappearance of Martin Bormann (1998) Director.
HIS NEWEST DOCUMENTARY BAD NAZI, GOOD NAZI is presented at the festival program!
ISHBEL SZATRAWSKA - JURY OF THE NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS
ISHBEL SZATRAWSKA - is a writer based in Krakow, Poland. She studied Theater Studies at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow and American Studies at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität in Münster. In 2013-2014 she studied in Akademia Multi Art, a film school in Krakow, under the supervision of renowned Polish filmmakers, e.g. Xawery Żuławski, Jacek Bławut, and Janusz Kondratiuk. In 2021 she wrote “The Life and Death of Mr. Hersh Libkin from Sacramento, CA” which was published by Wydawnictwo Cyranka in 2022. Her plays were shortlisted and rewarded by e.g. Berliner Festspiele, the Gdynia Dramaturgical Price, and the international EURODRAM competition. “Totentanz: Black Night, Black Death” was presented in September 2022 as part of the International Voices Project in Chicago, IL. For many years she has been an employee of the Galicia Jewish Museum in Krakow, Poland.
MICHALINA MAJEWSKA - JURY OF THE NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS
MICHALINA MAJEWSKA - film studies graduate, creator of the Kino po żydowsku (Cinema the Jewish way) Instagram profile. In 2021, she created and conducted an original series of lectures on the history of Jewish cinema in Poland for JCC Krakow. Author of the podcasts „Yiddish cinema, Polish cinema” (cooperation with the Film Studies Science Club at the University of Lodz) and „Jewish motifs” (cooperation with the Jewish Culture Festival in Krakow). In the past, she was the organizer of the Prewar Cinema Festival „Urania” and the Jewish Themes Film Festival in Lodz. She collaborated with the Jewish internet television Szalom.tv. Currently a history student, still developing her passion for Jewish cinema. JURY OF THE NARRATIVE FEATURE FILMS.
ANNA ROZENFELD - JURY OF THE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS AND SHORT FILMS
ANNA ROZENFELD - a researcher of Jewish history, Yiddish language and culture, a painter and an actress; translator and language instructor of Yiddish. A professional Yiddish performer on Polish Radio and at the Jewish Theatre in Warsaw. She has studied the history of art, graphic arts and painting, philosophy, literature and Jewish studies at universities in Marburg, Salzburg, Vienna and Warsaw. Graduated with honours of Interdisciplinary Individual Studies in the Humanities and PhD Studies in Yiddish at Warsaw University. Co-founder of theִ „ייִדיש לעבט" project, she is deeply engaged in preserving and promoting the Yiddish culture in both today's Poland and abroad. She hosted "Naye Khvalyes," a Yiddish radio program broadcast by the Polish Radio, worked in the Education Department of the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews and taught as a lecturer for Yiddish at the Center for Yiddish Culture in Warsaw. Currently is she ELES Research Fellow, associated with the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and the LMU Munich.
LEA WOHL von HASELBERG - JURY OF THE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS AND SHORT FILMS
LEA WOHL von HASELBERG - is a film and media studies scholar and researches and writes about German-Jewish subjects and memory culture. After completing a degree in theatre‑, film and media studies in Frankfurt am Main, she earned her PhD on Jewish film characters in West German film and television in Hamburg and Haifa. Her research is at the intersection of Media Studies and Jewish Studies, with a focus on the depiction of Jewish topics in the discourse of the Federal Republic of Germany, Jewish film history and (audiovisual) memory cultures. She is an associate member of the Selma Stern Center for Jewish Studies Berlin-Brandenburg and co-editor of the magazine Jalta. Positionen zur jüdischen Gegenwart. Since October 2017, she has been working at Film University Babelsberg KONRAD WOLF on a research project dealing with the work biographies of Jewish filmmakers in the Federal Republic of Germany. She is also a member of the Jewish Film Festival Berlin Brandenburg (JFBB) programme board. JURY OF THE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS AND SHORT FILMS.
KORNEL MIGLUS - JURY OF THE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS AND SHORT FILMS
KORNEL MIGLUS - studied philosophy, linguistics and psychology in Poland, in the USA and Germany. He was then a doctoral student at the AI Institute in Berlin. Since 1994 he has been a film programer at the Polish Institute in Berlin. 1996-99 he worked for Radio "Multikulti" and taught at the Humboldt University 2001 he founded Vacant Filmproduktion. Since 2005 curator of the film festival filmPOLSKA Berlin; since 2021 artistic director and producer of the festival 610 Berlin Warszawa. Kornel Miglus is author of several documentaries and documentaries. JURY OF THE DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILMS AND SHORT FILMS.