London welcomes KINOTEKA 2018: Polish Film Festival for 16th year running
It’s that time of year again! KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival returns to London’s festival scene from 7th – 29th March to bring you what’s new in Polish film and culture, as well as some lesser known archival gems ripe for rediscovery. Hosted by some of London’s most prestigious cultural institutions, this year will celebrate the 100-year anniversary of the emancipation of Poland. This year also includes masterclasses, workshops, and musical entertainment.
The festival offers unique insights into Poland’s rich history and culture.
KINOTEKA 2018 PROGRAMME
Opening Night Gala – at BFI Southbank: KINOTEKA begins at BFI Southbank, commemorating the life of Krzysztof Krauze and his partnership with wife/co-director, Joanna Kos-Krauze with a screening of Birds Are Singing in Kigali. The film studies the life of two women who escape the genocide in Rwanda and will be followed by a Q&A with director Joanna Kos-Krauze.
New Polish Cinema is a Woman: This year, New Polish Cinema presents ten new films, half of which are directed by women. Anna Jadowska’s Wild Roses depict a mother’s loneliness and struggle to come to terms with her life. Kasia Adamik’s Amok follows the true story of a man who committed murder and then incriminated himself by writing a novel about it. The biopic of Polish sexologist Michalina Wislocka, who wrote the bestselling The Art of Loving (the first published guide to sexual health in communist countries) will also feature.
#PL100 – 100 Years of Polish Independence: As part of this unique celebration, KINOTEKA has curated a programme including dramas, comedies and rare Polish silent films. Love Manoeuvres follows two people who seek to get out of their arranged marriage, double-billed with Is Lucyna A Girl? about a young woman who defies social norms to become an engineer. The celebration will also include an immersive 1920s style ballroom party, featuring special cocktails and a DJ.
Celebrating Jewish-Polish Cinema: Over the last 16 years, Jewish-Polish history has been a considered part of KINOTEKA’s programme. This year, in partnership with the National Center for Jewish Film, KINOTEKA screens 1937 Yiddish film, The Jester. The special story of a wanderer who settles in a small village as a shoemaker will transport the audience to the world of interwar Southern Poland and a complicated love triangle. This year’s programme also includes screenings of The Reconciliation, Maciej Sobieszczański’s post-war drama.
Masterclasses with two of Poland’s most revered creatives: Featuring two of Poland’s most prolific and inventive creatives, the masterclass will include a screening of one of Krzysztof Zanussi’s earliest films, The Structure of Crystal (1969) (17 March, ICA) followed by an ‘In Conversation’ event with the multi-award-winning director Krzysztof Zanussi. Audiences fascinated by Polish film poster design are in for a visual treat with Commissioned: The Art of the Polish Film Poster, an in-depth look at the posters of Andrzej Klimowski, one of the most acclaimed Polish poster artists. The Masterclass is aimed at new and emerging filmmakers looking to create poster artwork, including a one-off workshop with Klimowski himself.
Supper Club Cinema: All foodies will have a chance to enjoy the delectable banquet served up as part of Supper Club: film screening of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s classic Double Life of Veronique. KINOTEKA joins forces with KinoVino and Sezonowik for a themed dinner created by Flavia Borawska a rising star of Polish cuisine on 23rd March.
Theatre – Bruno Schulz’s The Comet at The Coronet, Print Rooms: The Coronet Print Rooms hosts the UK premiere of The Comet, from acclaimed Polish directors Teresa and Andrzej Welminski. Based on ‘The Comet and Other Stories’ by Polish surrealist author Bruno Schulz, this new production brings Schulz’s mythical, absurdist tale to life with extraordinary humor and stagecraft and will be accompanied by an animation by Quay Brothers “Street of Crocodiles” based on Schulz’ piece.
Closing Night Gala – Screening with live score at the Barbican Centre:KINOTEKA closes with a special gala screening of a digitally restored Polish classic, Henryk Szaro’s The Call of the Sea (1927). The film is an epic love story combining maritime cinema and romance, featuring stars of the silent era and officers and gunmen of the Polish Navy and Air Force. To mark Piano Day 2018, a specially-commissioned live score will be performed live to the film by a five-piece ensemble led by pianist and composer Taz Modi, and including award-winning Matthew Bourne, Duncan Bellamy from Mercury-nominated Portico Quartet, and Chris Hargreaves and Simon Beddoe from Submotion Orchestra.
Jakub Gierszał (TBC)
The leading man in three films in this years’ New Polish Cinema segment. In 2012, he won the EFP Shooting Star prize at the Berlin International Film Festival and since then has worked steadily in both Poland and abroad.
With only four director and writer’s credits in her dossier, Kos-Krauze is already one of the most talked about Polish filmmakers working today. She tells truthful stories about times gone by and people who made a small but culturally significant impact. Kos-Krauze will introduce Papusza (2013) and take part in a Q&A following a screening of My Nikifor (2004) at BFI Southbank on Thursday 8 March.
Director, writer and actress, Sadowska is a triple threat in the industry today. Her latest film, The Art of Loving will be screened at Regent Street Cinema on 11th March. The Story of Michalina Wisłocka (2017) was nominated for a Golden Frog and Golden Lion at the Camerimage and Polish Film Festivals respectively.
Director, writer and Polish film legend, Krzysztof Zanussi has been making films since he was nineteen-years-old and now at seventy-eight, he’s showing no signs of stopping. The director has eighty-one credits to his name so far, including Ether which he’s currently filming.
For further information, go to website: http://kinoteka.org.uk/
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