Krakow Film Music Festival

Tomorrow is the last day of Krakow’s Film festival.  And as always it failed to disappoint.  One of my favorite festivals of the year.  A chance to watch great films with grand musical scores alongside a full symphony orchestra that plays alongside the film.  Before Krakow had the Tauron arena and the ICE conference centers the symphony took place in Krakow’s historic communist steel mill plant in Nowa Huta. As of 2014 Krakow regularly hosts big sporting and musical events at the Tauron arena, but we lost the opportunity to witness these cultural events in the unique landscape of the steel mill plant.  This, as well as the Sacrum Profanum festival, were one of the few opportunities for those of us not employed by the mill to enter it.

This year’s festival headliner was Abel Korzeniowski’ a polish composer whose worked with Tom Ford on ‘A Single Man,’ Madonna on W.E.; for both soundtracks, he received a golden globe nomination for best soundtrack. Not only was Abel the guest of honor at the screenings but also led workshops on the subject of composeing. This year I managed to catch a Star Wars compilation as well as ‘A Neverending Story’.  The former was a composition of several Star Wars films edited in the worst possible way.  It was as if a 9-year-old boy edited the scenes together with an iPhone app.  A treat were the actors dressed in star wars character outfits re-enacting some scenes in the aisles.  Overall a satisfactory evening but the 20 piece choir did not match that of the original 90 strong.

‘The Neverending Story’ a film from my youth’s generation, was packed with children.  Children films are normally dubbed in Poland but this being from the 80s was not; nonetheless, the theater was packed with parents and their children; which resulted in the adults translating for their kids during the movie. Annoying for those of us that just want to watch the film.  The movie and especially the music were outstanding.  The 81 year old composer, Klaus Doldinger was in attendance and at the end blessed us with his presence on stage and played his saxophone to the closing credits.

Tonight you can an attend an outdoor screening of Top Gun next to the Vistula river, with its soundtrack composer Giorgio Moroder in the audience.