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David Lynch with a cup of black coffee in Łódź (2000), photo: M. Zubrzycki/Forum

The man behind Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet and Mulholland Drive is not only one of the most important contemporary directors and the ‘first popular Surrealist’, but also a genuine Poland fan. How did he find himself in Poland and why is he still coming back?

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Andrzej Chyra in Krzysztof Lang's Sleep Darling, photo: promotional materials

In Sleep Darling, Lang tries to combine a dark detective film with a romance and a psychological drama, but his feature lacks tension, murkiness and an aura of mystery.

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Stills from the movie Marie Curie, directed by Marie Noelle, cinematograhpy: Michał Englert, Music: Bruno Coulais. Release date: 3 March 2017

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Still from the movie Marie Curie, directed by Marie Noelle, 2016. In the picture: Karolina Gruszka, photo: Grzegorz Hartfiel

In Marie Noelle’s biopic there is drama and romance, story of emancipation and forbidden love, there is also a portrayal of an epoch. The only thing lacking is Marie Curie, her intelligence, genius and exceptionality.

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Stills from the movie Art of Love: The Story of Michalina Wislocka directed by Maria Sadowska, 2016, photos: Michał Sobociński. 

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Afterimage, film by Andrzej Wajda, photo: Anna Włoch / Akson Studio, promotional materials

Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge, starring Karolina Gruszka, Andrzej Wajda’s Afterimage, about Polish painter Władysław Strzemiński, and three other Polish productions and co-productions will be screened at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, which is one of world’s most important annual film events.

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Izabela Kuna as Bronisława Skłodowska - sister of Maria Curie-Skłodowska, photo: Pokromski Studio

The remarkable Noble prize winner will be played by Karolina Gruszka. The film will also star Daniel Olbrychski and Izabela Kuna. The production of Poland, Germany, France and Belgium will premiere in 2016.

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The return of old masters and the rise to glory of new names with big-budget hits. One thing is undoubtable - this year Polish cinema is especially bountiful - from the mind-wrenching picture of alcoholism by Smarzowski, through Pasikowski's historic thriller on espionage, to a bitter-sweet comedy about family and the communist past from Krzyształowicz

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While the 2009/2010 theatre season did not usher in any sensational acts, there was a noticeable shift within the generational scope of the theatre and the theatrical lexicon.

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