SIWFF will feature screenings of seven films by Polish female directors, a lecture on the work of filmmaker Wanda Jakubowska as well as a meeting with the authors of the films ‘Solidarity according to Women’ and ‘Women Power’.
According to the motto ‘separated by 7800 kilometers, connected by culture’, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Poland and the Republic of Korea, Seoul International Women's Film Festival will present films not only by the most acknowledged Polish female directors, such as Agnieszka Holland, Joanna Kos-Krauze or Wanda Jakubowska, but also representatives of the younger generation, such as Agnieszka Smoczyńska or debutant Jagoda Szelc.
The programme of the Polish focus includes the screening of the the acclaimed film The Last Stage directed by Wanda Jakubowska, a quasi-documentary from 1947 shot at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, based on the memories of former prisoners. The screening will be followed by a lecture by Monika Talarczyk on Wanda Jakubowska’s work and her contribution to Polish cinema.
Another film shown as part of the focus is a documentary Solidarity according to Women depicting the role of women in the Solidarity movement. It is a story of a dozen of brave Polish women whose wisdom, determination and commitment in the opposition movement of the 1980s helped bring about a change of the political reality in Poland. The festival audience will also have the opportunity to see the film Women Power, telling a story of Polish feminists fighting for women’s rights at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. After the screening, a meeting with the film directors Marta Dzido and Piotr Śliwowski will be held.
The 21st Seoul International Women’s Film Festival held under the slogan ‘20+1, Faces Breaking Down the Walls’ will present 119 films from 31 countries. Alongside the special section dedicated to Polish female directors, the festival programme will feature films of the recently deceased directors Agnès Varda and Barbara Hammer as well as the pioneers of women’s cinema: the Korean director Park Nam-ok, the French filmmaker Alice Guy-Blaché and the Korean collective Parituh.
Source: own materials, press materials, originally written in Polish by EC, 14 Aug 2019, translated by AW, 27 Aug 2019