Mobile Polish Film Festival Sets Out to Conquer the UK
In autumn, Polish films are going to win hearts of cinema-goers in the United Kingdom for the second time.
Online PR News – 17-September-2012 –Aside from carefully selected Polish feature-length films of the previous years, organisers also prepared special screenings and one of its kind exhibitions of Polish film posters taking back,
Play Poland Film Festival is a series of film screenings and accompanying events, which is distinguished in the autumn calendar of cultural events by the Polish flavour as well as the support of numerous reputed cultural institutions. Polish Art Europe, a non-profit organisation, which promotes the Polish culture and art has managed to find significant partners and see to the excellent selection of repertoire.
“Contemporary Polish cinema is an interesting phenomenon. Films created by directors, cameramen as well as soundtrack authors who received numerous awards worldwide revolve around fascinating histories perceived from the point of view of a resident of the country after a political transformation who tries to account for his legacy. This does not have to be a socially or historically committed cinema. This is frequently an author’s and intimate film in which a director talks about his own experience,” comments Mr Bartosz Konopka, a director of “Fear of Falling,” a drama which will be screened at the festival. According to Mr Konopka, Polish films should win the approval of spectators from the West, “because Polish cinema is full of humanism. An apocalyptic and melancholic trend as well as
Festival events will be inaugurated by a screening of “Joanna,” a film directed by Feliks Falk which was frequently awarded. This film
“80 Millions” by Waldemar Krzystek is another film at the festival which will be screened in Birmingham on 4 October and in Edinburgh on 18 October. This is
Another festival’s cherry is Małgorzata Szumowska’s “Sponsoring” (8th November Edinburgh) which has stirred controversies among European audiences. The film tells a story of girls who by selling their bodies can afford a higher standard of life. This fascinates Anne – a journalist of a well-known newspaper played by Juliette Binoche. The director avoids judging main characters leaving it open to the viewers as to whether sponsoring is a form of prostitution, act of feminism or maybe a way of making a living in tough times.
Enthusiasts of a more personal cinema will have an opportunity to watch
Finally, a daring Polish-American production “Wygrany” (eng. “The Winner”) which was directed by Wiesław Saniewski will be screened on 18 October in Birmingham, on 1 November in Edinburgh and on 15 November in Belfast. Shot on a grand scale, the film revolves around a story of a talented American pianist of Polish descent who lost everything in his life, namely love, recognition and career. Only after an accidental meeting with his former mathematics professor did he find his own way in life as well as true love. The excellent acting of the star-studded cast is complemented by a soundtrack featuring not only Chopin’s compositions, but also Elvis Presley’s hits.
Starting in September, special screenings of short, documentary as well as animated films will also take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast, Sunderland, Newcastle and London.
Owing to the depth and visual appeal, a particular attention should be drawn to films created in the Andrzej Munk’s Studio, including “Piece of Summer” by Marta Mironowicz, “Poza starością” (eng. “Beyond the Old Age”) by Grzegorz Wacławek which is an animation full of romantic mood and nostalgia, or frequently awarded “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark Room” by Kuba Czekaj and many more other films, not to mention the Oscar nominated picture by Tomek Bagiński, “The Cathedral.”
Spectators of this year’s edition of the festival will also have a chance to see
More information with regard to the programme of the festival which will run until December, venues and tickets may be found on the Internet website of
The project has been subsidised by the Polish Film Institute, the Polish Community,
Ryanair, MoneyGram, Justycja and Orfin Studio are also the official sponsors of Play Poland Film Festival 2012.
The following ones are the media patrons of this event: TVP Kultura, NK, Filmweb, Emito, Londynek, Fotka, Panorama, Polish Express, Dziennik Polski, Goniec Polski, Ipla, The Polish Observer, Magazyn Emigrant, Halo TV, Nowy Czas, Polacy, Strefa, Polska Plus, GazetaE, KobietaWUK, Doncaster4u, Nasz Express; this list also features the British media such as The Skinny, MovieScope Magazine, Screen International, Eyeforfilm, Film-News and Subtitledonline.
Festival events are supported by several dozen organisations of the Polish community, universities, festivals, film studios and film schools from the United Kingdom, Poland, Ireland, Canada and Norway.
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