What’s It All About?
This is the 11th edition of the International Film Festival TOFIFEST, which takes place annually in Toruñ, Poland. Founded in 2002, the festival aims to promote independent cinema. It combines Polish and European dimensions in the context of an adventurous and defiant breadth of content, including auteur cinema, and premieres films presented in Cannes, Berlin and Rotterdam. The festival, which aims to bridge high and popular art, includes meetings, seminars, concerts and workshops.
Watch Out For!
The opening gala will have screenings of three Charlie Chaplin films, two of which were produced for the Mutual Film Corporation, an early American motion picture conglomerate along with Chaplin in 1914.
The Count is Charlie Chaplin’s fifth film for Mutual Film Corporation and co-stars Eric Campbell and Edna Purviance.
The Fireman is the second film Charlie Chaplin created for Mutual Film Corporation in 1916.
His Musical Career
This is a 1914 American comedy silent film made by Keystone Studios starring Charlie Chaplin.
This is a modern love story directed by Michael Winterbottom. It is saturated with the atmosphere of India and is based on Tess of the d’Urbervilles: A Pure Woman Faithfully will be showcased at the festival.
Smita Patil Restrospective
Smita Patil not only fought for the rights of Indian women but was also an icon of Indian cinema and a tragic figure. The first in the Europe retrospective of films with Smita Patil was presented during the 10th edition of the festival. Her sister Manya Patil is a special guest of the festival this year and will be part of the screenings under this section. The films to be shown here include:
• Teevra Madhyam
• Mirch Masala
• Good Morning
Polish Competition has gathered a lot of excellent films and this year’s competition comprises the presentation of 12 films and meetings with their authors. As usual, the audience is going to vote for their favourite Polish film and the winner will receive the Audience Award.
• Being Like Deyna
• My Father’s Bike
• In The Bedroom
• Three Sisters T