This year’s edition of the KINOPOLSKA festival revolves around the 30th anniversary of the historic Solidarity movement. The aim of the festival is to promote contemporary Polish cinema, as well as the history and legacy of a field once considered as being one of the most interesting and innovative in Europe…
"All That I Love", dir. Jacek Borcuch
The aim of the festival is to promote contemporary Polish cinema, as well as the history and legacy of a field once considered as being one of the most interesting and innovative in Europe.
KINOPOLSKA celebrates the anniversary of the event that went on to become the stepping stone to the creation of a free and unified Europe, liberated from the division dictated by the iron curtain and the spectre of communist ideology. Young French people, like most of their Polish contemporaries, don't remember those times of constant terror, censorship and privations, when the omnipotent State was gambling the fate of its citizens, letting them starve while promising the rise of heaven on earth.
The sensation of living in an absurd reality was a feeling Polish youngsters, as well as Czechs and Russians lived with from a very early age. This anxiety, along with bouts of extreme despair are the themes presented in the programme of the festival, through a coherent selection of films from the era. Most of the features presented were made during the political thaw of the 1980s, which corresponds to the rising of the Solidarity movement. However, a great number of those films were kept under the seal of censorship for several years.
With the exception of Kieślowski's Przypadek" / "Blind Chance and Miś" / "Teddy Bear directed by Stanisław Bareja, the films display women in roles that are more vulnerable, but in many ways braver than those of men. Those images reflect the old myth of the prototypical "Polish Mother" ("Matka Polka"), a woman that resists and survives through all possible catastrophes orchestrated by men fighting for the cause.
Programme of the 2010 KINOPOLSKA festival:
November 24: Women In History and facing the Power:
- The Mother of the Kings" / "Matka Królów, directed by Janusz Zaorski, 1982, 127min (released in 1987 in Poland) at 18:00
- Reverse" / "Rewers, directed by Borys Lankosz, 2009, 96min, at 20:30 (screening followed by a meeting with the director)
November 25: Animation, Children at Risk - 30 years of Polish animation – a selection presented by the International Animation Festival in Annecy at 18:00
- Tango, directed by Zbigniew Rybczyński (1980, 8min)
- The Plowman" / "Oracz by Marian Cholerek (1982, 7min)
- The Race" / "Wyścig by Marek Serafinski (1989, 6min)
- Franz Kafka by Piotr Dumała (1991, 16min)
- Ichthys by Marek Skrobecki (2005, 16min)
- Chick by Michal Socha (2008, 5min)
- Esterhazy by Isabela Plucińska (2009, 25min, Poland, Germany)
- Piggies" / "Świnki directed by Robert Gliński, 2009, 93min at 20:30 (screening followed by a meeting with the main actor, Filip Gabacz)
November 26: Executioners and Victims, a Troubled Relationship.
- The Lonely Woman" / "Kobieta Samotna, directed by Agnieszka Holland, 1981, 92min (television film released 6 years after its production, in 1987) at 18:00
- Mother Theresa of Cats" ("Matka Teresa od kotow, directed by Pawel Sala, 2010, 94min, at 20:30 (screening followed by a meeting with the director)
November 27: Music Against Tanks
November 28: On the Path to Liberty
- Peter and the Wolf" / "Piotruś i wilk, directed by Suzie Templeton, 2006, 32min, Poland, Great Britain, at 16:00
- Teddy Bear" / "Miś, directed by Stanisław Bareja, 1980, 111min, at 18:00
- My Flesh, My Blood" / "Moja krew, directedby Marcin Wrona, 2009, 92min, at 20:30
November 29: The Master and the Debutants
A selection of first short films by up and coming directors, in association with the Cinéssonne European Film Festival in Essonne, the Era Nowe Horyzonty festival and the Andrzej Munk Foundation in Warsaw, at 18:00
- Don't Be Afraid of the Dark Room" / "Ciemnego pokoju nie trzeba sie bac, directed by Kuba Czekaj, 2009, 35min, fiction
- Hanoi-Warszawa, directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, 2009, 30min, fiction
- A Mother" / "Matka, directed by Jakub Piątek, 2009, 11min, documentary
- Wanted Woman" / "Kobieta poszukiwana, directed by Michał Marczak, 2009, 16min, documentary
A forum hosted by Elise Domenach from the magazine "Positif", with guest Marcel Łoziński, one o the most prominent documentary makers in Poland, in dialogue with young, up and coming directors, at 20:30, with the screenings of:
- Microphone Rehearsal" / "Próba mikrofonu, directed by Marcel Lozinski,1980, 19min
- Poste Restante, directed by Marcel Lozinski, 2008, 14min
- MC. Man of vinyl" / "MC. Czlowiek z winylu, directed by Bartosz Warwas, 2010, 21min
- Rabbitt à la Berlin" / "Krolik po berlinsku, directed by Bartek Konopka, 2009, 51min
November 30: Random or Destined?
- Blind Chance" / "Przypadek, directed by Krzysztof Kieslowski, 1981, 112min (the film was released in Poland in 1987) at 18 :00
- Zero, directed by Pawel Borowski, 2009, 110min (screening followed by meeting with the director)
The festival runs between November 24 - 30, 2010.
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