The Polish Cultural Institute New York, in partnership with BAMcinématek in Brooklyn, NY and the Polish Film Institute are proud to present a New York City showcase of new Polish film, featuring the very best productions of 2012 and 2013.
The event will run from 19 February to 23 February, 2014. Opening with the official New York premiere of Andrzej Wajda’s acclaimed Wałęsa: Man of Hope (Wałęsa: Człowiek z nadziei), the film series will include a variety of other highlights such as Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze’s cinematographic masterpiece Papusza; Paweł Pawlikowski’s Ida; Montreal Film Festival multiple prize winner Life Feels Good and others.
Kino Polska: New Polish Cinema is presented by BAMcinématek, Polish Film Institute and the Polish Cultural Institute New York.
Culture.pl presents you a detailed survey of the upcoming program:
Wed, Feb 19, 7pm
WAŁĘSA: MAN OF HOPE (Poland, 2013, 127’) dir. Andrzej Wajda
This is the story of a contemporary hero – Lech Wałęsa (Robert Więckiewicz). The movie begins with Oriana Fallaci (Maria Rosaria Omaggio) arriving at Wałęsa’s apartment in Gdańsk, Poland, to interview the future Nobel Prize winner. Posing questions no one else dared to ask the legendary leader of the Solidarity movement, Fallaci uncovers the truth of a man gifted with charisma and amazing political intuition.
Thu, Feb 20, 7pm
LASTING (Poland/Spain, 2012, 93’) dir. Jacek Borcuch
Lasting is the emotional story of Michał and Karina, Polish students whose idyllic love affair is disrupted by a tragic event that takes place while Michał is on a solo scuba diving trip at a nearby lake. This traumatic incident leads to gradual alienation and tension between the two. Official selection of Sundance Film Festival 2013.
Thu, Feb 20, 9pm
FLOATING SKYSCRAPERS (Poland, 2013, 93’) dir. Tomasz Wasilewski
An aspiring swimmer, Kuba (Mateusz Banasiuk) lives an uneventful life in an apartment that he shares with his mother and his girlfriend. Kuba’s mundane existence changes when he meets Michał (Bartosz Gelner) at a gallery opening one night. Their casual acquaintance quickly turns into deep fascination.
Mateusz Banasiuk in Floating Skyscrapers directed by Tomasz Wasilewski. Photo: Anna Tomczyńska
Fri, Feb 21, 4:30pm
IMAGINE (Poland/France/United Kingdom/Portugal, 2012, 105’) dir. Andrzej Jakimowski
Ian (Edward Hogg) arrives at a world-renowned Lisbon clinic for the visually impaired. Ian is a spatial orientation instructor: it will be his task to teach the patients how to explore their surroundings on their own without feeling vulnerable or afraid. The doctor in charge of the clinic hires Ian on the condition that the patients won’t be exposed to danger as they learn to move around by themselves.
Alexandra Maria Lara and Edward Hogg in Andrzej Jakimowski's "Imagine", photo: Kino Świat
Fri, Feb 21, 7pm
IDA (Poland, 2013, 80’) dir. Paweł Pawlikowski
18-year old Anna (Agata Trzebuchowska), a sheltered orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to become a nun when the Mother Superior insists that first she visit her sole living relative. Naïve, innocent Anna is soon confronted with her aunt Wanda (Agata Kulesza), a worldly and cynical Communist Party insider, who shocks her niece with the revelation that her real name is Ida, and her Jewish parents were murdered during the German occupation.
Agata Trzebuchowska in Ida directed by Paweł Pawlikowski, photo: Gdynia Film Festival.
Fri, Feb 21, 9pm
THE CLOSED CIRCUIT (Poland, 2013, 110’) dir. Ryszard Bugajski
The story follows three high-profile businessmen from Gdańsk who attract the attention of the district attorney when they open a successful, modern industrial plant. One of the highest-grossing productions of 2013 in Poland, the story is based on true events.
Still from Ryszard Bugajski's "Closed Circuit", photo: Krzysztof Kowalski/ Kino Świat.
Sat, Feb 22, 6:30pm
LIFE FEELS GOOD (Poland, 2013, 107’) dir. Maciej Pieprzyca
With director Maciej Pieprzyca & lead actor Dawid Ogrodnik in person
The film tells the story of Mateusz (Dawid Ogrodnik), a boy born with cerebral palsy and diagnosed at a very young age as mentally disabled with no ability to communicate. Now 30 and institutionalised, he faces a committee of physicians who will decide his future. We watch in flashback as Mateusz struggles to prove to everyone that despite his physical handicap, he is in fact intelligent.
Sat, Feb 22, 9:30pm
LOVING (Poland, 2012, 106’) dir. Sławomir Fabicki
Maria (Julia Kijowska) and Tomek (Marcin Dorociński) are in their thirties and are expecting a baby after ten years of marriage. But everything changes one grim day when Maria is raped by the mayor of the town, who has long lusted after her. Maria does not report the incident to the police or tell her husband - but from that point forward, the couple’s love is put to the test.
Julia Kijowska and Marcin Dorociński in Sławomir Fabicki's "Loving", photo: Warsaw Film Festival
Sun, Feb 23, 7pm
PAPUSZA (Poland, 2013, 131’) dir. Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze
With directors Joanna Kos-Krauze & Krzysztof Krauze in person
Papusza (Jowita Budnik) was the first Roma woman in Poland to publish her poetry, confronting the traditional image of women in her community. We follow Papusza’s life from birth to old age: her arranged marriage, life in a traditional caravan through World War II, and finally forced settlement into urban poverty under Communism.
All films will be shown in Polish with English subtitles.
KINO POLSKA: NEW POLISH CINEMA
Wed, Feb 19 – Sun, Feb 23, 2014 / BAMcinématek, 30 Lafayette Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11217, Tel. 1-877-789 MOVIE
General admission: $13, BAM Cinema Club members: $8
Source: Press Release by KINO POLSKA, Brooklyn –NY, The Polish Cultural Institute NY
Edited by E.M. 24.01.2014