The KINOTEKA Polish Film Festiwal returns for its 7th edition presenting the best of Polish cinema. The flagship project of the Polish Cultural Institute in London.
The KINOTEKA Polish Film Festiwal returns for its 7th edition presenting the best of Polish cinema. The flagship project of the Polish Cultural Institute
Kinoteka's new programme is set to challenge UK audience perceptions by showcasing the very best of Polish culture, across visual arts, music and film. The programme selection offers something for everyone, including the latest features, documentaries and shorts retrospectives and special onstage events.
The Festival opens at the Riverside Studios with the highly anticipated sophisticated relationship drama 33 Scenes from Life
by Małgorzata Szumowska
, described by the Toronto Film Festival as one of Polish Cinema's rising stars.
The life and work of Krzysztof Kieślowski
is celebrated at the Riverside with an exhibition of the auteur's personal artefacts, photos and poster artwork, Krzysztof Kieślowski
taken from the Łódz Museum of Cinematography's major retrospective "Kieślowski: Traces and Memory". A uniquely personal insight into one of Poland's most revered filmmakers, the exhibition forms part of a 20th anniversary celebration of Kieślowski's acclaimed Dekalog series, with screenings from both the original Dekalog and new films commissioned by Polish TV with contemporary filmmakers personal response to Kieślowski's interpretation Dekalog after Dekalog (14th/15th March, Riverside Studios). Jerzy Skolimowski
Kinoteka also welcomes Polish cinema's former "enfant terrible", feted director/actor Jerzy Skolimowski
(most recently seen in David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises) back to London to talk about his long and illustrious career and to present the UK premiere of his latest film, Four Nights with Anna / Cztery noce z Anną
. Enigmatic, disturbing and tender, Skolimowski's darkly humorous tale of obsessive love and voyeurism marks an assured return as director after a 17 year absence (18th March, BFI Southbank).
Skolimowski's reputation is intrinsically linked with the new cinema of the 60s. In honour of his prestigious career, Kinoteka is holding a retrospective of Skolimowski's early work (21st/22nd March, Riverside Studios) including his influential feature debut, Identification Marks: None / Rysopis
, which also figures in the specially curated Polish New Wave season at Tate Modern.
This illuminating programme brings together a range of groundbreaking fiction, documentary and video art films, in an attempt to capture and define the phenomenon of Polish New Wave; Andrzej Żuławski
within a cinema of examination and experimentation. Visionary director Andrzej Żuławski
, a key figure in this New Wave, will be in attendance to open the season at Tate Modern and will present a newly-mastered version of his legendary, existentialist sci-fi epic On the Silver Globe / Na Srebrnym Globie, originally suppressed and almost destroyed by the Polish authorities (4 April, Tate Modern).
This year's Kinoteka also features the extraordinary films of award-winning documentarian Marcin Koszałka
, giving UK audiences an introduction to his playful and insightful filmmaking style. In addition to a special triple bill focusing on his earlier films (14th March, Riverside Studios) his latest film Till it Hurts / Do Bólu screens as part of the Dekalog after Dekalog series as well as Magdalena Piekorz's Drowsiness / Senność
which he shot (13th March, Riverside Studios).
There are also screenings from the cream of contemporary Polish filmmaking talent including the highly anticipated, The Offsiders / Boisko Bezdomnych
(14 March, Riverside Studios), a comedy drama following the ups and downs of a homeless football team, by Kasia Adamik
(daughter of Agnieszka Holland
, the Oscar-nominated director of Europa, Europa). Ahead of it's UK release a special preview of Tricks / Sztuczki
, Andrzej Jakimowski
's award-winning charmer, a nostalgic tale of childhood innocence, which was chosen as Poland's official entry for this year's Best Foreign Language film for the Academy Awards (15th March, Riverside Studios).
In addition Kinoteka will be holding Polish Shorts film club nights at Cargo (23rd/30th March) and a special preview of the recent Polish box office hit Ideal Boyfriend For My Girlfriend / Idealny chłopak dla mojej dziewczyny at the Prince Charles (16th March). Motion Trio
Kinoteka's festival programme culminates in a unique evening of film and music on 8th April at the Barbican with Michael Nyman, one of Britain's most celebrated and recognised contemporary composers. The Closing Night Gala concert brings together Michael Nyman, performing the world premiere of a new version of MGV (Musique à Grande Vitesse) in collaboration with Poland's cutting-edge accordion group, Motion Trio
as well as his latest work, a personal tribute to Polish cinema in honour of Kinoteka, alongside a montage of classic Polish films.
Kinoteka teams up again with the renowned independent filmmaking talents of the Quay Brothers, who are strengthening their support for the festival. The pair who have produced Kinoteka's Festiwal trailer have designed the eye-catching new poster artwork, with their own homage to the school of modern Polish poster design.
This year's Kinoteka will also go on tour traveling to Belfast (20 March), Canterbury, Edinburgh and many more cities across the UK.
More information: www.kinoteka.org.uk
| Danuta Szaflarska in Time to Die / Pora umierać|| The Offsiders / Boisko bezdomnych || Four Nights with Anna / Cztery noce z Anną |