FILMS

HATRED | Wołyń | 2016 | 143 min | Drama | War | History | Friday, October 20 | 6PM

A small village in the south-western part of Volhynia, populated by Ukrainians, Poles and Jews. 1939. Zosia Glowacka is in love with a Ukrainian boy from her village. But her father decides to marry her off to the richest farmer, a Pole, Maciej Skiba, a widower much older than her and with two children. The life of the village is altered, first by the Soviet occupation and nearly two years later by the German attack on the USSR. The following year sees the hunt and brutal killings of Jews. Meanwhile, although not supported by the Germans, the Ukrainian aspirations to establish a sovereign country are constantly rising. The tension between the Polish and Ukrainian neighbors increases, as well. There are quarrels, people disappear. News of the bloody events from Eastern Volhynia reach the village. Finally, in the summer of 1943, there’s an outbreak of murders and cruelty. Troops of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) attack Polish settlements and often equally ruthless Poles take revenge on the Ukrainians. Amongst this sea of hatred Zosia’s trying to save her children.

WARNING: Film contains graphic violence.

Director: WOJCIECH SMARZOWSKI
Screenplay: WOJCIECH SMARZOWSKI
Cinematography: PIOTR SOBOCINSKI JR.
Music: MIKOLAJ TRZASKA
Art Director: MAREK ZAWIERUCHA
Producer: DARIUSZ PIETRYKOWSKI, ANDRZEJ POLEC

CAST
Zosia Glowacka-Skiba: MICHALINA LABACZ
Maciej Skiba: ARKADIUSZ JAKUBIK
Glowacki, Zosia’s Father: JACEK BRACIAK
Glowacka, Zosia’s Mother: IZABELA KUNA
Helena Glowacka-Huk, Zosia’s Sister: MARIA SOBOCINSKA
Petro: WASYL WASYLIK
Antek Wilk: ADRIAN ZAREMBA
Priest Jozef: JANUSZ CHABIOR

AWARDS
2017 Polish Film Awards “Orly”—Best Film; Best Director; Best Cinematography; Best Art Director; Best Wardrobe for Wanda Kowalska, Pawel Grabarczyk, Magdalena Rutkiewicz-Luterek, Agata Drozdowska; Best Music; Best Sound for Jacek Hamela i Katarzyna Dzida-Hamela; Best Editing for Pawel Laskowski
2016 Gdynia Film Festival—Best Cinematography for Piotr Sobocinski Jr.; Best Debut for Michalina Labacz; Best Make-up for Ewa Drobiec

BODO | 2017 | 106 min | Musical | Friday, October 20 | 8:45 PM

What could be a better way of depicting a biography of a cabaret and movie star than a musical drama? Glitter, scandals, roaring twenties’ music and amazing acting: the film contains all that and much more.  It depicts the life of the Polish star of the interwar period called Eugeniusz Bodo, who was a man of many talents, and presents his pathway to success. His career was international, just like his origin—his father was Swiss while his mother was Polish. In the interwar period, Bodo was a major star of Europe since he was an actor, a director, a producer, a businessman and the central figure of numerous gossips and scandals.

Director: MICHAL KWIECINSKI
Screenplay: PIOTR DEREWENDA, DOMAN NOWAKOWSKI
Cinematography: KAMIL PLOCKI
Music: ATANAS VALKOV
Art Producer: ANNA GRONOWSKA
Producer: MICHAL KWIECINSKI

CAST
Eugeniusz Bodo: TOMASZ SCHUCHARDT
Young Eugeniusz Bodo: ANTONI KROLIKOWSKI
Jadwiga Anna Dorota Dylewska-Junod: AGNIESZKA WOSINSKA
Teodor Junod: MARIUSZ BONASZEWSKI
Moryc Blum: PIOTR ZURAWSKI
Antek Piekutowski: JOZEF PAWLOWSKI
Konrad Tom: WOJCIECH SOLARZ
Nora Ney: ANNA PROCHNIAK
Ada: ANNA PIJANOWSKA

The Convoy | Konwój | 92 min | Action | Crime | Thriller | Saturday, October 21 | 1PM

A murder of a convict held in custody seems to be connected with dark and mysterious events from two years back. Can a crime justify a crime?

Director: MACIEJ ZAK
Screenplay: MACIEJ ZAK
Cinematography: MICHAL SOBOCINSKI
Music: ANTONI KOMASA-LAZARKIEWICZ
Production Designer: EWA SKOCZOWSKA
Producer: JACEK RZEHAK

CAST
Prison Warden Nowacki: JANUSZ GAJOS
Police Sergeant Zawada: ROBERT WIECKIEWICZ
Police Sergeant Berg: PRZEMYSLAW BLUSZCZ
Maciag: LUKASZ SIMLAT
Kulesza: IRENEUSZ CZOP
Feliks: TOMASZ ZIETEK
Ewa: AGNIESZKA ZULEWSKA

Summer Solstice | Letnie Przesilenie | 2015 | 96 mins | Drama | War | Saturday, October 21 | 2:45PM

Poland, 1943. Four young characters are connected through a series of unusual events: ROMEK, a Polish boy from the village in which action takes place; GUIDO, a German soldier serving in the village during occupation; FRANKA, the daughter of a well-to-do local farmer; and BUNIA, a Jewish girl that escaped from a train on its way to a death camp. Each of them come across something that at the time is simultaneously a danger to and escape from their harsh reality: love. Will they be able to hold on to their dreams while facing the horrors of their day and uncertainty of future?

Director: Michal Rogalski

Between the Worlds | Miedzy Światami | 45 mins | Documentary | Saturday, October 21 | 4:30PM

The suicide rate for Inuit peoples living in Northern Canada has recently been among the highest in the world. No-one knows why people for centuries inured to extremities are now disappearing along with the Arctic ice cover. Suicides are predominantly young. As trees in Arctica are scarce, many of them hanged themselves in closets. BETWEEN THE WORLDS is a tale about a unique place in which the past and the present, the spiritual and the material coalesce. The border between the two is inhabited by the Northerners who still hear the voices of Arctic spirits. Among them lives a young Polish missionary who, like once a shaman, is a connection with the spiritual world, a bond between heaven and earth, between life and death. And the border is as fragile as ice here.

Director: KATARZYNA DĄBKOWSKA – KUŁACZ

Clearcut | 1991 | 100 min | Drama | Thriller | Western | Saturday, October 21 | 5:30PM

Clearcut is a 1991 Canadian drama film about clearcutting in a Canadian province. This motion picture stars Graham Greene, Floyd Red Crow Westerman, Tom Jackson, and Raoul Trujillo. It is directed by Ryszard Bugajski. The filming location was in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

When a lawyer loses an appeal to stop a logging company from clear-cutting Native American land, Arthur, an Indian militant drags him and the kidnapped logging mill manager into the forest. The lawyer’s empty talk about how the company’s greed should be punished is put into brutal action by Arthur, who tortures the manager in allegorical ways mimicking what loggers do to the forest.

Director: Ryszard Bugajski

The Art of Loving | Sztuka Kochania | 2017 | 121 min | Biography | Comedy | Drama | Romance | Saturday, October 21 | 7:40PM

Michalina Wislocka, the most famous and recognized sexologist of communist Poland, fights for the right to publish her book, which will change the sex life of Polish people forever.

Director: MARIA SADOWSKA
Screenplay: KRZYSZTOF RAK
Cinematography: MICHAL SOBOCINSKI
Music: RADZIMIR DEBSKI
Production Designer: WOJCIECH ZOGALA
Producer:KRZYSZTOF TEREJ

CAST
Michalina Wislocka: MAGDALENA BOCZARSKA
Stach Wislocki: PIOTR ADAMCZYK
Wanda: JUSTYNA WASILEWSKA
Jurek: ERYK LUBOS
Young Editor Tereska: JASMINA POLAK
Patient Karolina Siwicka: KAROLINA GRUSZKA
Krystian, Head of the Publishing House: BORYS SZYC
Zbigniew Religa / Journalist: TOMASZ KOT
Eugeniusz, Official of the Central Committee: ARKADIUSZ JAKUBIK
General’s Wife: DANUTA STENKA

Polandja | 2017 | 104 min | Drama | Comedy | Sunday, October 22 | 1PM

The film takes place within 24 hours, during which the characters are going through band entertaining twists and turns, dramatically changing their lives. It’s sharp, funny and touching and ambiguous situations play into tears.

Director: Cyprian T. Olencki

Afterimage | Powidoki | 2016 | 98 min | Biography | Drama | History | Sunday, October 22 | 3PM

A story of Władysław Strzemiński, an avant-garde painter, who did not give in to socialist realism being ruthlessly enforced by Communist regime in the post-war Poland. The tragic consequences of a struggle for artistic freedom in the totalitarian system of power unfold at first slowly, but gradually lead a charismatic, defiant man into the abyss.
Afterimage becomes a multilayered, intellectual battle on a role of art and freedom of expression; a film – caution; a film about a man / an artist destroyed by the system; a film on how dangerous it is to fuse political power with a will to shape people’s consciousness.

Director: ANDRZEJ WAJDA
Screenplay: ANDRZEJ MULARCZYK
Cinematography: PAWEL EDELMAN
Music: ANDRZEJ PANUFNIK
Art Director: MAREK WARASZEWSKI
Producer: MICHAL KWIECINSKI

CAST
Wladyslaw Strzeminski: BOGUSLAW LINDA
Nika Strzeminska: BRONISLAWA ZAMACHOWSKA
Katarzyna Kobro: ALEKSANDRA JUSTA
Hania: ZOFIA WICHLACZ
Madejski: MARIUSZ BONASZEWSKI
Wlodzimierz Sokorski: SZYMON BOBROWSKI

Fugazi. The Centre of the Universe | Fugazi. Centrum Wszechswiata | 2017 | 40 mins | Sunday, October 22 | 4:50PM

Fugazi – The Centre of the Universe is a documentary and animated film depicting the short, though eventful history of one of the first private, independent music clubs in free Poland, considered at that time the biggest of its kind in Central-Eastern Europe.

Director: Leszek Gnoiński
Pictures: Piotr Pawluk, Łukasz Piotrowski
Production: Fundacja Promocji Kultury W To Mi Graj, Stowarzyszenie Film Kraków

Awards
IFF Millenium Docs Against Gravity 2017: Polish premiere

A Simple Story About Murder | Prosta Historia o Morderstwie | 2016 | 89 min | Crime | Thriller | Sunday, October 22 | 5:45PM

Jacek is a young policeman who tries to protect his mother and brothers from their despot father, also a policeman with illegal business dealings. When the father is murdered, Jacek becomes the main suspect. While trying to prove his innocence, he discovers, to his horror, that he is becoming more and more like his father.

Director: ARKADIUSZ JAKUBIK
Screenplay: ARKADIUSZ JAKUBIK, IGOR BREJDYGANT, GRZEGORZ STEFANSKI
Cinematography: WITOLD PLOCIENNIK
Music: BARTOSZ CHAJDECKI
Art Director: JOANNA MACHA
Producer: WLODZIMIERZ NIDERHAUS

CAST
Jacek’s Father: ANDRZEJ CHYRA
Jacek: FILIP PLAWIAK
Jacek’s Mother: KINGA PREIS
Iza, Jacek’s Giirlfriend: ANNA SMOLOWIK
Pawel, Jacek’s Brother: PRZEMYSLAW STROJKOWSKI
Krystian, Jacek’s Brother: MATEUSZ WIECLAWEK

Stars | Gwiazdy | 2017 | 120 min | Biography | Drama | Sport | Sunday, October 22 | 7:45PM

A story of passion, rivalry, love, and friendship. Jan Banas, acclaimed Silesian football player of the 1960s and 1970s, struggles to makes his dreams come true on and off the field. Stars is the story of a great love between young people torn by passion and ambition.

Director: JAN KIDAWA-BLONSKI
Screenplay: JAN KIDAWA-BLONSKI, JACEK KONDRACKI
Cinematography: MICHAL ENGLERT
Music: DARIUSZ KOWALCZYK, PIOTR LAGOWSKI
Art Director: ELWIRA PLUTA
Producers: JAROSLAW PACHOWSKI, ANDRZEJ SERDIUKOW

CAST
Jan Banas: MATEUSZ KOSCIUKIEWICZ
Ginter: SEBASTIAN FABIJANSKI
Marlena: KAROLINA SZYMCZAK
Anna Banas: MAGDALENA CIELECKA
Hans Villmeier: PAWEL DELAG
General: MARIAN DZIEDIEL
Danisz: ERYK LUBOS
Jola: ALEKSANDRA GINTROWSKA
German Police Officer: ADAM WORONOWICZ
Peddler in Rio de Janeiro: JANUSZ CHABIOR