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Focus on Documentaries
April 23, 2008   
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The Planete Doc Review documentary film festival runs between May 9-18 in Warsaw's Kinoteka cinema in the Palace of Culture. The festival will showcase some of last year's best full-length documentaries from across the world.

A record 20,000 visitors came to the festival last year. This year's review will encompass documentary-style work by writers, photographers and broadcasters.

Festival guests will include documentary filmmakers and foreign experts, who will take part in panel discussions. Themes of the festival include those entitled "A New, Wonderful World," "Fetishes and Culture," "Politics," "Intimate History," "Back in the USSR," "Art Doc," "James Bond's Gadgets," "A Hero of Our Times" and "1968-40 Years Later." There will also be a retrospective look at the careers of Danish direcator Jorgen Leth and Russian director Sergei Dvortsevoy.

Visitors will also be able to see films by young documentary makers from the Paladino Group, a group of documentary enthusiasts linked to famous Polish movie director Andrzej Wajda's School of Film Directing.

Sixteen full-length documentary films are in the running for the festival's Grand Prize and 8,000 euros. Among them are award-winning films such as Gonzalo Arijon's Stranded, Werner Herzog's Encounters at the End of the World, Dan Klores' Crazy Love and Ted Braun's Darfur Now!

One of the festival's highlights will be the first showing of a documentary about Andrzej Wajda, A Portrait of Andrzej Wajda, made during the filming of his latest work, Katyn. It is a unique window on Wajda at work over a period of several months and on the atmosphere on the film set.

Meanwhile, for the first time in Poland, Amnesty International will award a prize of 3,000 euros and a statuette to the best film addressing civil rights. Documentary enthusiasts this year, for the first time in the festival's history, will have access to showcased films via their computers. Twenty films will be available for viewing at www.iplex.pl, and viewers may also vote for their favorite film in a competition for the Cinema@use
2008 Viewers' Prize.

More details on the Planete Doc Review at www.docreview.pl

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