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Films and TV series that we all love, music that moves, entertains and sometimes even frightens, and all of that with world-famous composers. The 13th FMF is shaping up to be a spectacular event. This year, the festival is going to welcome a number of big names from the directing world – including Jerzy Hoffman, as well as from the music world, with John Powell joining us in Krakow. The upcoming edition of the festival is going to enthral audiences with its new venues – the roof of Galeria Kazimierz will host a dance party featuring songs from Martin Scorsese’s films, and the Forum Hotel will give us an opportunity to have fun while listening to the synthesiser sounds of the soundtrack to Stranger Things, while Tauron Arena Kraków will offer the music from American Horror Story and Vikings. The 2020 FMF starts on 26 May!

The 13th Krakow Film Music Festival could not do without Jerzy Hoffman – a director called “the Great Hetman of Polish cinema” by critics and journalists, the creator of legendary adaptations of all three parts of Henryk Sienkiewicz’s Trilogy. On 27 May, ICE Kraków will resound with one of the greatest hits of film music in Poland – “Dumka na dwa serca,” which promoted the theatrical release of With Fire and Sword. The upcoming edition of the Scoring4Polish Directors series will also feature music from Leper, including Wojciech Kilar’s “Waltz”, which has been performed many times in Krakow, as well as compositions by Krzysztof Komeda from The Law and the Fist, Piotr Marczewski from The Quack, Andrzej Markowski from Pan Wołodyjowski, and Kazimierz Serocki from The Deluge. The second part of the evening will feature works by contemporary Polish composers, including Łukasz Targosz, Maciej Zieliński and Leszek Możdżer.

Before this happens, on Tuesday, 26 May we are going to invite our audiences to the St Stanislaus Kostka in Dębniki. This year’s edition of Cinema Chorale series, pianist Aleksander Dębicz is going to present his original compositions inspired by the music from Blade Runner 2049, If Beale Street Could Talk and Interstellar. The young musician will be accompanied by the Pro Musica Mundi choir, and the concert will also feature pieces from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and Edward Scissorhands.

This year’s festival also offers two unforgettable dance events. First, Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, composers of music for the TV series Stranger Things, will take the FMF audience to a true 1980s dance party. The old-school synth sounds and a light show pulsating to the rhythm of the music will fill the ballroom interiors of the Brutalist Forum Hotel, which still remember the parties of the late communist era. On the very next day, we are going to get really high – the roof of Galeria Kazimierz will turn into a dance floor illuminated with disco lights, filled with dance music from the 50s, 60s and 70s.   After the acclaimed concert of music from Quentin Tarantino’s films, this year’s Dance2Cinema will feature Martin Scorsese, who is known for using his favourite songs from his youth in his films. On Thursday, 28 May you will also have an opportunity to calm down between the two dance-filled days, with the atmospheric, intimate and electronic edition of the Cinematic Piano series at ICE Kraków.

On 30 May, join us for the second time in the history of FMF to take part in an emotional concert of music from the most popular TV series. The TV Series Gala at Tauron Arena Kraków will ensure some thrills with American Horror Story, tension with Chernobyl, as well as some fun with Stranger Things. Among the composers who accepted our invitation are Martin Phipps, Trevor Morris, Hauschka and Mac Quayle.

The finale concert of the 2020 FMF will be a true cherry on top of the festival cake – on 31 May, we will have an opportunity to listen to the long-awaited monographic concert The Music of John Powell.  At the FMF’s request, the composer will personally select and prepare works from his Oscar, Grammy and BAFTA winning oeuvre. The musicians from the Polish Radio Choir and the Beethoven Academy Orchestra will be led by Gavin Greenaway, Powell’s friend and a conductor, who is already familiar to the FMF audiences from previous editions. The concert will also feature some special guests. The evening programme will feature music from the How to Train Your Dragon animated trilogy, Han Solo: A Star Wars Story,as well as Two Weeks Notice.

The FMF will conclude on 1 June with a traditional outdoor film screening in the Powiśle district.