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Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” picked to open the Plus Camerimage – AWARDS ALLEY


By Sean O’Connell
hollywoodnews.com: Organizers of the 19th Plus Camerimage film festival – held each year in Bydgoszcz, Poland – have selected Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” as their opening night film. The adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning stage play, will kick off the fest on Nov. 26.

Polanski’s uncomfortably comedic drama stars Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly as parents trying to smooth things out following a physical altercation between their adolescent sons. The Camerimage fest places its focus on cinematography, so expect Polanski’s cinematographer – the great Pawel Edelman (“The Pianist,” “Ray”) – to be recognized for his accomplishment in containing the “Carnage” action to one cramped, sun-drenched New York apartment.

In addition to “Carnage,” this year’s fest will screen Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life,” Steve McQueen “Shame,” Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights,” Ralph Fiennes’ “Coriolanus,” and the period rom-com “Hysteria” … all recognized for their striking visuals.

From the international circuit, Plus Camerimage plans to screen Asghar Farhadi’s “A Separation,” Agnieszka Holland’s Holocaust drama “In Darkness,” Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre” and Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia.”
starring Kirsten Dunst.

The 2011 Plus Camerimage runs through Dec. 3. For a full schedule, visit the official Web site.

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