On the centenary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and Japan, Poland Film Festival presents a special programme dedicated to relations between the two countries. The audience in Tokyo and Kyoto will have the opportunity to watch twenty two Polish films presented at the event.
At the core of this year’s festival programme are films related to connections between Poland and Japan. Among them are Gukoroku – Traces of Sin, a Japanese crime story created in collaboration with Polish cinematographer Piotr Niemyjski, and The Doll directed by Wojciech Jerzy Has. The choice to include the adaptation of Bolesław Prus’s famous novel in the programme becomes understandable in the context of last year’s release of its Japanese edition.
The face of Polish-Japanese collaboration in the field of culture is undoubtedly Andrzej Wajda, therefore it is not surprising that the upcoming edition of the Polish Film Festival will show both films he directed as well as devoted to him. The audience will be able to watch Wajda’s iconic Ashes and Diamonds alongside a documentary about the Manggha Museum in Kraków and short films created in the Wajda School. A nod to the theme of this year’s edition of the festival will be his film Nastasja based on Fyodor Dostoyevski’s novel The Idiot. In the film both leading roles, Mishkin and Nastasja, are played by the same person, Tamasaburo Bando III. He was an onnagata – an actor in the traditional kabuki theatre specialising in female roles (in traditional theatre women did not perform on stage).
Recent Polish productions shown at the festival include Paweł Pawlikowski’s Cold War which had its Japanese premiere only this year, The Butler directed by Filip Bajon and The Fastest by Łukasz Palkowski. In the lighter part of the programme two comedies will be screened: Juliusz by Aleksander Pietrzak and Tadeusz Chmielewski’s classic I Hate Mondays.
Music in the upcoming Poland Film Festival will be represented by a documentary dedicated to Krzysztof Komeda and four concerts of the duo SzaZa comprised of Paweł Szamburski and Patryk Zakrocki. The musicians will create live music for excerpts from early 20th century animations by Władysław Starewicz and Roman Polański’s early short films.
Concerts of the duo SzaZa – Szamburski/Zakrocki
Sza/Za Plays Polański
- 20th November 2019 8:00 pm Demachi-za, Kyoto
- 22nd November 2019 7:30 pm Tokyo Photographic Museum, Tokyo
Sza/Za Plays Starewicz
- 20th November 2019 6:30 pm Demachi-za, Kyoto
- 23rd November 2019 10:30 am Tokyo Photographic Museum, Tokyo
The project has been organised with the support of the Polish Institute in Tokyo.
Partners of the project are: Melody Tours, PLL LOT, KGHM Polska Miedź.
Source: promotional materials, originally written in Polish by AW, 4 Nov 2019, translated by AW, 8 Nov 2019