Fôco Polônia will be one of the highlights of the 40th edition of the International Film Festival in São Paulo. A total of 46 films, including the latest productions as well as the works of the masters of Polish cinema – Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieślowski – will be screened.
At the retrospective of Andrzej Wajda works, 17 movies will be shown – both the artist's earlier (Canal, A Generation, Ashes and Diamonds) and later works (Walesa: Man of Hope, Wróblewski According to Wajda). Wajda will be also awarded for lifetime achievement with the Prêmio Humanidade award, granted every year to artists whose works touch social issues and politics in a special way.
The Krzysztof Kieślowski special screening will feature the Decalogue series and five digital reconstructions of his early documentaries: Talking Heads, From the City of Lodz, Curriculum Vitae, Seven Women of Different Ages, From the Night Porter’s Point of View.
Polish masterpieces will be shown along with the newest productions of Polish cinema. The audience will see 14 films awarded at festivals worldwide – All These Sleepless Nights by Michał Marczak and The Lure by Agnieszka Smoczyńska (awarded at the Sundance Festival), United States of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski (awarded the prize for best script at the Berlin International Film Festival), The Last Family by Jan Matuszyński (awarded best actor at the Locarno International Film Festival), and Baby Bump by Kuba Czekaj (awarded at the Venice Film Festival).
Programme of the Fôco Polônia (26th October 2016):
- Augusta Hall 1:
2 pm – Man of Marble, dir. Andrzej Wajda
5 pm – Without Anaesthesia, dir. Andrzej Wajda
7 pm – Debate: ‘Andrzej Wajda and the legacy of the cinema of moral anxiety’ (guests: Tadeusz Lubelski, Luis Carlos Merten, moderated by Ela Bittencourt)
8:30 pm – Prêmio Humanidade award ceremony (the award for Andrzej Wajda will be received by Tadeusz Lubelski)
8:30 pm – Baby Bump, dir. Kuba Czekaj (after a meeting with the director)
10:10 pm – United States of Love (dir. Tomasz Wasilewski)
- Augusta Hall 4:
9.30 pm – Decalogue 5 and 6 (dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski)
7 pm – Decalogue 7 and 8 (dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski)
9:30 pm – Decalogue 9 and 10 (dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski)
3 pm – Krzysztof Kieślowski’s documentaries session:
Seven Women of Different Ages
From the City of Łódż
From the Night Porter’s Point of View
Venues: Espaço Itaú de Cinema (hall 1: Rua Augusta 1475, hall 2: Rua Augusta 1470, São Paulo), CineSesc ( R. Augusta, 2075 - Cerqueira César, São Paulo).
The Polish film showcase at the São Paulo International Film Festival is co-organised by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute under the Culture.pl brand within the framework of a project to present Polish culture in Brazil in 2016.
Read more about Polish culture in Brazil here.
Sources: Culture.pl; ed. and trans. by AZ, October 2016.