The Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles which continues to grow each year by screening more films and drawing larger crowds, is meant to celebrate the achievements of Polish filmmakers promoting Polish film and Polish culture in Hollywood...
Still from "Children of Irena Sendler", photo: www.filmweb.pl
The Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles which continues to grow each year by screening more films and drawing larger crowds, is meant to celebrate the achievements of Polish filmmakers promoting Polish film and Polish culture in Hollywood. The 11th edition of the Festival takes place under the auspices of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage Bogdan Zdrojewski.
On April 23, a special screening of Katyń
(2007) by Andrzej Wajda
and The Officer's Wife (2010) by Piotr Uzarowicz has been planned as a way of commemorating the victims of the terrible plane crash near Smolensk (Russia) which killed Polish President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and the the upper echelons of Polish establishment on their way to the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the Katyń murder during the World War II.
At the Gala Opening at the Egyptian Theater on April 20, The Children of Irena Sendler ["Dzieci Ireny Sendlerowej"] by John Kent Harrison (dubbed in Polish with English subtitles) is going to be presented. Following guests are expected: actress Anna Paquin, composer Jan A.P. Kaczmarek, production designer Waldemar Kalinowski, Polish producer Beata Pisula and American producers: Brent Shields, Jeff Most, Jeff Rice.
Ed Harris will be presented with "The Pola Negri Award" for collaboration with Agnieszka Holland. He will also officialy open the Festival.
During the Gala Opening, jurors Matt Craven, Frances Fisher, Margaret O'Brien, Brett Ratner, Billy Dee Williams in feature category, and Jim Miller, Jeff Orsa, Jeff Stimmel in documentary category, will present the Hollywood Eagle Award, as well as the Pola Negri Award for Anna Paquin for portraying Irena Sendler, while Hugh Grant will receive the award for portraying Frederic Chopin
This year, the film program includes:
- All That I Love / Wszystko co kocham by Jacek Borcuch,
- Born of the Sea / Miasto z morza by Andrzej Kotkowski,
- The Corrupted / Skorumpowani by Jarosław Żamojda,
- Black / Czarny by Dominik Matwiejczyk,
- General Nil / Generał Nil by Ryszard Bugajski,
- God's Little Village / U Pana Boga za miedza by Jacek Bromski,
- Janosik. The True Story / Janosik. Prawdziwa historia by Agnieszka Holland and Kasia Adamik,
- The Lesser of Two Evils / Mniejsze zło by Janusz Morgenstern,
- Limo Driver / Limousine by Jerome Dassier,
- Little Moscow / Mała Moskwa by Waldemar Krzystek,
- Love and Dance / Kochaj i tańcz by Bruce Parramore,
- Love on the Catwalk / Miłość na wybiegu by Krzysztof Lang,
- My Flesh My Blood / Moja krew by Marcin Wrona,
- Operation Danube / Operacja Dunaj by Jacek Głomb,
- Pixels / Piksele by Jacek Lusiński,
- The Reverse / Rewers by Borys Lankosz,
- The Snow Queen / Królowa śniegu by Maciej Michalski,
- Snow White and the Russian Red / Wojna polsko-ruska by Xawery Żuławski,
- Trick by Jan Hryniak,
- Zero by Paweł Borowski.
To celebrate the 200-year anniversary of Frederic Chopin's birthday there will be following films presented: Impromptu (2001) by James Lapine, Chopin. Desire for Love / Chopin. Pragnienie miłości
(2002) by Jerzy Antczak
and the documentary Chopin's Afterlife (2005) by Ophra Yerushalmi.
For the young audience:
In the documentaries segment:
- Balcerowicz. All or Nothing / Balcerowicz. Gra o wszystko by Andrzej Fidyk and Anna Więckowska,
- The City With No God / Miasto bez Boga by Jacek Petrycki,
- Getting On / Pogodna by Renata Gabryjelska,
- Journey to the Green Shadows / Podróż do zielonych cieni by Alicja Schatton,
- Komeda - A Soundtrack For A Life / Komeda - muzyczna ścieżka życia (more...) by Claudia Buthenhoff-Duffy,
- Life Is Bearable. At Time / Chwilami życie bywa znośne by Katarzyna Kolenda-Zaleska,
- My Houston / Moje Houston by Edyta Sewruk,
- Polish Eaglets Over Pakistan / Polskie orleta na pakistanskim niebie by Anna Teresa Pietraszek,
- Rabbit à la Berlin / Królik po berlińsku (2010 Oscar nominee) by Bartosz Konopka,
- Yodok Stories by Andrzej Fidyk.
Among guests invited from Poland there are numerous actors including Mateusz Damięcki, Marcin Dorociński, Karolina Gorczyca, Olgierd Łukaszewicz
, Antoni Pawlicki, Adam Woronowicz and Lesław Żurek.
The detailed program could be found on: www.polishfilmla.org