In 2016 the annual event presenting Polish cinema in Japan took place for the fifth time already. During Poland Film Festival 2016, held from 26th November to 16th December, the audience had a chance to see seventeen Polish films, including some of the best recent productions, as well as established classics of Polish cinematography.
Poland Film Festival is an event held annually since 2011 initiated by Mr. Nubuo Murata, the head of the Mermaid Films – a distributor of Polish films in Japan. Every year the Festival presents works of Poland's greatest film directors, such as Wojciech Jerzy Has, Jerzy Skolimowski, Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Krauze, alongside latest Polish productions awarded at many festivals in the world. The event gives the Japanese audience a rare opportunity to enjoy both Polish film classics, as well as the hottest titles of recent years.
The late Andrzej Wajda can be seen in the video below talking about the festival:
The programme of the 5th Poland Film Festival featured recent premieres, including Jan Matuszyński's The Last Family (2016), awarded Grand Prix Golden Lions and the Audience Award at this year's Gdynia Film Festival as well as United States of Love, for which the director Tomasz Wasilewski was awarded the Silver Bear for Best Script at the 66th Berlin International Film Festival. The festival viewers also had a chance to see films such as Rose, Body and Warsaw 44. Apart from feature films, the line-up of this year's edition also included two documentaries nominated for Oscars 2015: Joanna directed by Aneta Kopacz and Our Curse by Tomasz Śliwinski. A special addition to the Festival's programme was a presentation of Andrzej Wajda's greatest works.
The full programme of the Festival is available at the organisers website: