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Film, Music and Philosophy
August 1, 2014   
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More than 120 movies from around the world will be screened in the western city of Poznań during the fourth Transatlantyk International Film and Music Festival Aug. 8-14.

The event is the brainchild of Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, a Polish film score composer who won an Academy Award for best original score for the movie Finding Neverland. Kaczmarek has said that the festival aims to “use the power of film and music to inspire dialogue on weighty issues.”

The festival screenings will be divided into 15 sections, including a “Panorama” section comprising the best movies made around the world, “Sundance,” “Oscars,” and two documentary sections entitled “Docs” and “Eco.” There will also be a section for child viewers.

On the music side, the festival organizers are promising two gala concerts featuring a full orchestra and renowned musicians. As usual, the festival will include two prestigious music competitions: the Transatlantyk Film Music Competition and the Transatlantyk Instant Composition Contest. The latter is the world’s only competition whose participants are tasked with composing music in real time, for a film that is being screened.

The festival program also features concerts and parties in addition to free lectures and meetings with movie and music stars. This year’s special guests include film score writers Michael Price, Bruce Broughton and Peter Golub, who have won, or been nominated for, such prestigious prizes as the Royal Television Society Awards, BAFTAs and for Academy Awards. Festival audiences will also meet with well-known music journalist Tim Burden and during numerous panel discussions, they will be able to submit topics to be discussed by prominent cultural figures, politicians and businessmen.

One of the festival’s goals is to present young people with opportunities to make contacts with outstanding filmmakers. This year’s Transatlantyk will include a number of masterclasses for young filmmakers, lectures and meetings allowing festival participants to learn about new trends in music and film. The lecturers and tutors this year will include Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, a literary theorist, philosopher and professor at Columbia University in the United States and the author of a number of publications on postcolonialism and globalization. She will be joined by top Polish film and theater set designer Allan Starski and Sydney Freeland, one of the most promising female film directors in the United States.

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