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Stills from The Promised Land directed by Andrzej Wajda.

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Andrzej Żuławski on the set of  On the Silver Globe based on The Lunar Trilogy by Jerzy Żuławski, 1978, photo: Tomek Sikora / Forum

A retrospective of seven of Andrzej Żuławski's films, including Polish and French productions, is coming to two major Brazilian cities. The career-spanning selection will open with the director's first feature film, The Third Part of the Night, and close with his last work, Cosmos.

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Home to the Polish National Film School, Łódź is the heart of Polish cinema. As the city prepares its application for inclusion in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network as a City of Film, we review some of Łódź’s many appearances on the big screen.

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Gustaw Holoubek in Wojciech Jerzy Has's The Noose, based on the stories by Marek Hłasko, photo: Filmoteka Narodowa / www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

Between 27th April and 3rd May 2017, the New York Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) will host a series of events devoted to early films by the Polish director. The series is accompanied by the release of Annette Insdorf's book Intimations: The Cinema of Wojciech Has and will immediately precede the New York Polish Film Festival.

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Roman Polański in Wajda's Pokolenie, photo: Filmoteka Narodowa.

The rebirth of cinema in Poland after World War II is inextricably linked to the Łódź Film School, an oasis of progress and artistic freedom amid the stifling culture controls of the communist regime. Here are six of the Łódź Film School’s famous alumni.

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Daniel Olbrychski and Małgorzata Braunek in The Deluge, directed by Jerzy Hoffman, photo: Filmoteka Narodowa

To find out what kind of people the Poles are, you need to read Sienkiewicz’s Trilogy. For this same reason, it is worth watching all three of Jerzy Hoffman’s films based on this work, as well as the new condensed and digitised version of the film The Deluge. Vladimir Gromov discusses the history of the filming of one of the most famous works of Polish literature.

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Piotr Bernaś, photo: Łukasz Żal

Director, cameraman, photographer, former war correspondent of Gazeta Wyborcza.

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Scene from Marek Piestrak’s film The Wolf, photo: Filmoteka Narodowa / www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

Life under the communist regime was not easy, so unsurprisingly, audiences – both in the Soviet Union and in Poland at the time – preferred to watch comedies. There was enough fear and danger in everyday life. Yet, some filmmakers in Poland dabbled in horror movies all the same.

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Agnieszka Grochowska, Bartłomiej Topa and Barbara Kubiak, still from Strange Heaven by Dariusz Gajewski, photo: Next Film

They make movies in Hollywood, Europe, Africa and Asia, produce box-office hits, win the most prestigious film awards. They are smashing the glass ceiling and proving that women’s voices have an important place in the film industry.

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Irina Rubanova, photo: Wojciech Dushenko / Agencja Gazeta

Exclusively for Culture.pl, Irina Ivanova discusses how Poland became her second homeland, her opportunity to interview Zbigniew Cybulski, what Soviet cinematographers learned from the Poles, and why culture must be separated from politics.

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Still from Zbigniew Rybczyński's Tango, 1980, photo: Filmoteka Narodowa

Zbigniew Rybczyński's experimental animated film Tango was shown at the 9th Yebisu International Festival for Art & Alternative Visions in Tokyo. Rybczyński was yet another Polish artist featured at the festival, after Piotr Bosacki and Paweł Althamer who had participated in the previous editions of the event.

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Still from the film Side Roads, dir. Julia Sokolnicka, photo: promotional materials

Julia Sokolnicka's short film Side Roads won the award for the best student documentary at the 5th Mumbai Shorts International Film Festival, held in December 2016. On 25th December the film was also presented at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Film Festival in Pune.

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Scene from the film United States of Love, dir. Tomasz Wasilewski. In the photo: Magdalena Cielecka, photo: Andrzej Wencel / Agencja Promocji Manana

The International Film Festival of Kerala, held from 9th to 16th December 2016 in Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of the Indian state of Kerala, showcased four Polish films as part of the World Cinema section: Strange Heaven, United States of Love, The Last Family and Afterimage.

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

Three stories of immigrants trying to start a new life in Poland. The film by three young directors talks about tolerance, searching for one’s self, and the necessity of having self-love before giving love to someone else.

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Andrzej Łapicki and Zdzisław Maklakiewicz in How Far, How Near directed by Tadeusz Konwicki, 1972. Photo: Filmoteka Narodowa/www.fototeka.fn.org.pl

1972 fiction film by Tadeusz Konwicki.

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Still from the film Something Better to Come by Hanna Polak, photo: HBO

A voodoo shaman in Poland under the communist regime, a Russian teenager living in a garbage dump, a priest who performs exorcisms: these are just a few of the characters you’ll encounter if you step into the thriving world of documentary film-making in Poland. Here are six exceptional titles.

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Stills from Jerzy Skolimowski's 1964 film Identification Marks: None.

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