Polish Films at the Jewish Film Festival
small, Polish Films at the Jewish Film Festival, A still from "Ida" by Paweł Pawlikowski, photo: TIFF, ida1_7094940.jpg
Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida, shorts by Franciszka and Stefan Themerson and Holocaust drama Biegnij chłopcze biegnij will be included in the repertoire of the Jewish Film Festival in New York.
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the new york jewish film festival
The Jewish Museum and the Film Society of Lincoln Center, in cooperation with, amongst others, the Polish Cultural Institute in New York, have organised the Jewish Film Festival for the twenty-third time. The festival shows films from ten countries, including France, Israel, Germany, Russia, USA, UK and Polish. Meetings with artists and symposiums accompany the event.
Experimental movies by Franciszka and Stefan Themersons, who worked in exile in Great Britain in the 1930s, represent Polish avant-garde cinema. Their Przygoda Człowieka Poczciwego (Adventure of a Good Citizen), Calling Mr. Smith (a propaganda movie) and The Eye and the Ear will be presented in the experimental section, which will also cover a showing of Binding, by Katarzyna Płazińska and Aaron Ellias, referring to the biblical story of Isaac.
There are more signs of Poland's presence at The Festival. For example, a trilogy authored by Isreali director Yael Bartany, who has already represented Poland at the 54th Biennale in Venice. Her films talk about the Jewish Renaissance Movement, whose mission was to make three million Jewish people come back to Poland - the country of their ancestors.
Run Boy Run (Biegnij chłopcze biegnij) is a German – French – Polish co-production, developed by Pepe Danquart, based on a bestselling novel by Uri Orlev, describing the story of a boy who managed to escape from the Warsaw Ghetto.
Ana Arabia by Amos Gitai and Jewish Cardinal (Żydowski kardynał) by Iana Cohen are definitely some of the most interesting items in the festival’s repertoire. The first one is the story of a Jewish Holocaust survivor; the latter describes the life of Jean Marie Lustiger – the son of Ashkenazi Jews with Polish roots who later became Archbishop of Paris.
The festival’s finale will include a showing of Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, which was awarded, among others, a Golden Lion at the 38th Gdynia Film Festival and a Grand Prix at London Film Festival.
Ed. and translated by W.O. 22.01