Turkish Airlines Adds Polish Films to its In-flight Selection
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small, Turkish Airlines Adds Polish Films to its In-flight Selection, Stil from the film Gods, dir. Łukasz Palkowski. Pictured: Tomasz Kot, photo: Jarosław Sosiński / Watchout Productions / NEXT FILM, bogowie_rez_lukasz_palkowski_12.jpg
Thanks to Turkish Airlines’ participation in the project Picture Poland, which promotes Polish cinema on commercial aircrafts, their passengers will now be able to watch the best of Polish cinema free of charge during their flight.
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As its name suggests, Picture Poland is a project that popularises Polish movies. It was initiated by the Polish Film Institute, a state cultural institution promoting Polish cinema, and was first implemented aboard the Dreamliners of Poland’s national airline LOT. The passengers of these aircrafts were given access to 10 critically acclaimed contemporary Polish movies through the on-board entertainment system. Among those pictures were the Oscar-winning Ida, a stylish, black and white family drama taking place in the 60s and Gods, a biopic about the great cardiac surgeon Zbigniew Religa who in 1985 conducted the first successful heart-transplant operation in Poland.
The first take-off featuring the aforementioned 10 movies occurred on 2nd July 2015. Since then the selection of films LOT passengers can watch thanks to Picture Poland has been growing. They’re available in different language versions (including English and Chinese) depending on the destination of a given flight. The only selection criterion, other than being a Polish production, is that a film must have been praised or awarded on international scenes.
Until recently the project’s scope had been limited to LOT Polish Airlines, but on February 9th 2016 it was announced that passengers travelling with Turkish Airlines can now enjoy Picture Poland’ s collection. At the moment there are four Polish films available on board. They include 80 Million, a thriller about opposition in communist Poland, as well as the Oscar-winning animation Peter and the Wolf, an adaptation of Sergei Prokofiev’s symphonic fairy tale under the same title. The 4 movies come with English and Turkish subtitles and are accessed through a separate catalogue of the entertainment system’s library. In April the project’s selection will include 4 more films, including the Oscar-nominated animated short Cathedral which features a mysterious cathedral that comes to life, and Papusza, a beautiful biographical film about the 20th century Gypsy poet Bronisława Wajs.
Author: Marek Kępa, February 2016