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The auditorium in Apollo Cinema in Poznań, photo: Łukasz Cynalewski/AG.

The number of cinema-goers in Poland is climbing steadil, with most screenings taking place in multiplex cinemas, usually located in shopping malls. Luckily, there are still smaller local cinemas, which offer not only films but also a unique atmosphere. Culture.pl presents some of the most charming cinemas in Poland.

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Scene from the film The Last Family, dir. Jan P. Matuszyński, 2016, photo by Hubert Komerski/Aurum Film

Between 25th November and 15th December, Japanese film audiences will have another chance to enjoy the greatest works of Polish cinema. The Polish Film Festival will feature screenings of thirty Polish films, ranging from classic masterpieces to the latest works of young directors.

Personnel by Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1975. Pictured: Irena Lorentowicz, Juliusz Machulski and Mieczysław Kobek. Photo: Anna Beata Bohdziewicz / fototeka.fn.org.pl

Krzysztof Kieślowski’s 1975 feature debut. Awarded in Mannheim, Koszalin and Gdynia, the piece recounts the story of a young tailor, who begins work in the theatre and confronts his notion of art with reality.

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Common Baltic Short Film Contest, photo: promotional materials

Filmmakers from Finland, Lithuania and Poland have won the 3rd edition of the Common Baltic Short Film Contest! The contest was organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute, under its flagship brand Culture.pl, the Polish Film Festival, the Pomeranian Film Foundation & the Gdynia Film School.

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Still from Teddy Bear, dir. by Stanisław Bareja. In the photograph: Christine Paul-Podlasky and Stanisław Tym, photo: Studio Filmowe Zebra / Filmoteka Narodowa / www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

Teddy Bear, the 1980 comedy by Stanisław Bareja, is an iconic picture about the absurdity of life during the communist regime era in Poland, full of scenes and dialogues that soon became classics and entered the Polish vernacular for good.

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Eugeniusz Bodo in Wiatr od morza [Wind from the Sea], 1930, photo: Laski Diffusion / East News

Actor, singer, director, screenwriter. One of the most popular artists of the interwar period Polish cinema and entertainment theatre. Born on 28th December 1899, died on 7th October 1943.

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Andrzej Wajda, photo: Łukasz Ostalski / Reporter / East News

A retrospective of Andrzej Wajda's films will take place in Vilnius and Kaunas in December 2016. Ashes and Diamonds, The Promised Land, and The Conductor will be among the films presented as part of a project by the Polish Institute in Vilnius and the Adam Mickiewicz Institute.

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The New World directed by Elżbieta Benkowska, Michał Wawrzecki and Łukasz Ostalski, distributed by Akson Studio, photo: producer’s promo materials.

Podczas 17. Międzynarodowego Festiwalu Filmowego w Tbilisi odbędzie się przegląd najnowszych filmów fabularnych oraz krótkometrażowych pochodzących z Polski.

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Still from Cosmos, dir.: Andrzej Żuławski

Andrzej Żuławski’s steel blue cosmos, Jan Jakub Kolski’s soft fairytale hues, the colours of dreams and nightmares, and various shades of memory: this short guide will help you understand the palette of Polish cinema.

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Krzysztof Kieślowski, photo: Wojciech Druszcz / Reporter / East News

A selection of films by Krzysztof Kieślowki will be presented from 4th June to 7th August 2016 at the Danish Film Institute’s Cinematheque in Copenhagen.

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21 x New York directed by Piotr Stasik, photo: KFF

New York as seen by Piotr Stasik is a whirl of passions, disappointments and longings. This trance-like, poetical documentary film is a portrait of the city of lost people.

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Still from the film "The Singing Napkin", dir. Mariusz Grzegorzek, photo: press release

In November 2015, during the seven-day festival, Japanese audience had the opportunity to see both latest productions and famous classics of Polish cinema.

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Cover of Chinese edition of the book"Polish Cinema Now"

Chinese edition of Mateusz Werner's book "Polish Cinema Now" about contemporary Polish cinematography enjoys unflagging popularity. The publication ranked third among China's best selling books in June 2015 and secured a strong position on 14 other bestsellers' lists.

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Still from Poste Restante, dir. Marcel Łoziński, photo: promotional materials

Documentary film from 2008 directed by Marcel Łoziński. On one hand, it resembles an educational video about the postal service, and on the other – a dream-like fairy tale

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Still from the film Ashes and Diamonds dir. Andrzej Wajda, 1958, photo: Polflim / East News

5th Beijing International Film Festival presented Polish film program titled "Focus on Polska". The project was the first such comprehensive presentation of Polish cinema in Beijing.

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Mia Farrow (Rosemary Woodhause), Rosemary's Baby, dir. by Roman Polański, 1968, photo: Photononstop / East News

Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby, on top of making it into virtually every all-time top 10 thrillers list and propelling Mia Farrow, Roman Polanski and Robert Evans to stardom, is also reputed to be cursed. This inquiry takes a look at the available evidence.

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Фотография из книги «Лица Агнешки Холланд» («Twarze Agnieszki Holland»), слева направо: Анджей Жулавский, Анджей Вайда, Агнешка Холланд, Роман Полански, Рышард Бугайский, Кшиштоф Кесьлёвский, Канны, 1990. Фото из личного архива Анджея Вайды

Of all the areas of Polish culture in which a foreigner requires guidance, cinema first comes to mind. Many are acquainted with its international stars, but few know the background story and the gems that haven't yet made it global. To brush up on your knowledge - or to tackle your complete ignorance - simply select your profile, click and enjoy!

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