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Still from Gods by Łukasz Palkowski, pictured: Tomasz Kot and Jan Englert, photo: Jarosław Sosiński / Watchout Productions / NEXT FILM

Łukasz Palkowski’s lauded biopic about Zbigniew Religa will have its Spanish premiere on 19th February 2016.

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Zud by Marta Mironowicz, photo: Slingshot Films promo material

Marta Mironowicz’s feature film Zud depicts a story set amongst the lives of Mongolian nomads. Having qualified for the Generation Kplus competition, the film will be one of the Polish films screened during the 66th edition of the Berlinale, which started on 11th February.

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Still from the film These Daughters of Mine, dir. Kinga Dębska. In the photograph: Maria Dębska, Gabriela Muskała, Marian Dziędziel, Agata Kulesza, source: promotional materials / Kino Świat

Kinga Dębska created a moving and unpretentious film out of a story about a family, illness, and death. These Daughters of Mine, which received awards from the journalists and the audience at the Gdynia Film Festival, is a shamelessly tender and wonderfully acted piece of cinema.

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Still from United States of Love, dir. Tomasz Wasilewski

The new film by Tomasz Wasilewski, director of Floating Skyscrapers, will get its world premiere in February 2016 during the Berlin International Film Festival, where it will also be competing.

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Paweł Pawlikowski with the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in the press room of the 87th Academy Awards held at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Los Angeles, CA, USA, February 22, 2015, photo: Lucy Nicholson / REUTERS / Forum

Culture.pl takes a look back at the best of 2015 when it came to film, visual arts, literature, theatre, music and design originating from Poland.

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Marcin Dorociński (Tadeusz) and Agata Kulesza (Róża), Monolith Films

The years 2010 to 2015 were particularly fruitful for Polish filmmakers. Below we've highlighted some of the top award-winning features from this period, all of them having received prizes at film festivals around the world

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Pawel Pawlikowski, photo: Paweł Terlikowski / Forum

After the year 2000, a new strand of cinema emerged in Poland and went on to prove its diversity. Unlike Romanian or Greek cinema, which started concentrating on specific topics and adapting unique senses of aesthetics, Polish cinema has become even more unpredictable and exciting.

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Małgorzata Szumowska, photo: Alexandra Fleurantin/Kino Świat

Małgorzata Szumowska has been nominated for the European Film Award for Best Director thanks to her film Body.

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Poster from Body directed by Małgorzata Szumowska

Jacek Drosio has received the European Film Award 2015 for Best Editor for the film Body directed by Małgorzata Szumowska.

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Polish films are becoming more and more popular in Europe. In autumn 2015, another four Polish pictures are being distributed abroad.

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Five Polish films are on the programme of the 59th BFI London Film Festival. Three of them will participate in prestigious competitions: 11 Minutes by Jerzy Skolimowski, The Here After by Magnus von Horn, and Something Better to Come by Hanna Polak.

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Małgorzata Szumowska has been awarded the Brussels Film Festival's Jury Award for her film “Body”. The main award, the Golden Iris, went to the German film “Rough Road Ahead”, directed by Christian Frosch.

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Polish Film Festival Wisła will take place in Moscow from 21 to 28 May 2015. During the 8th edition of the event the audience will view the newest productions of Polish cinema, as well as the good old classics.

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Body, which received an award at the 2015 Berlinale, is an example of cinema that is bold, wise, and incredibly funny. It is Małgorzata Szumowska’s best film thus far.

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Stills from Małgorzata Szumowska's film Body. It tells a story of a 16-year old Olga, who is vegan and an animal rights defendant. She can't forgive her father for spending his entire days at work. She is an anorexic and feels most happy when she is not eating - she has a very strong relationship with her own, emaciated body.

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Małgośka Szumowska with the award for the Best Director during the 65th Berlin International Film Festival, photo: Tim Brakemeier / REUTERS / Forum

Małgośka Szumowska was awarded with a Silver Bear for Best Director during the 65th Berlin International Film Festival.

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From Warsaw to Rangoon, passing through Ukraine, Moldova, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Iran on the way. Such a route is to be taken by a travelling cinema, which for half a year will promote Polish short films. Culture.pl is one of the organizers of the project.

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Mateusz Kościukiewicz was named one of the 10 most promising acting talents in Europe in EFP's Shooting Star 2014 showcase.

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With the swift knife skills and steady hands of a surgeon Culture.pl ranks the 10 Best Films of 2013 - the shocking, the lewd, the disputed.

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In the Name of is a story about hope, doubt and the longing for feelings. The film's protagonist is a lonely homosexual priest who organises meetings for difficult adolescents. He hides his past form the people around him and struggles with loneliness.

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