Polish cinema wins hearts of British cinema-goers

Play Poland Film Festival, the biggest event which promotes Polish cinema in the UK has managed to win hearts of British cinema-goers.

More than 10,000 people came to watch screenings of the best Polish films from September to December 2012, during the second 4-month edition of the festival.

“We are extremely happy that we have managed to attract such a huge audience to festival events as this means that our goal to promote Polish films has been accomplished,” said Mateusz Jarza, the founder and main organiser of the festival.

Mr. Jarza is also the head of the Polish Art Europe, a non-profit organisation which promotes Polish culture and art abroad.

The mobile film festival was held in seven British cities, namely Glasgow, Edinburgh, Oxford, Sunderland, London, Liverpool and Newcastle.

Last year, cinema-goers watched, among others, “80 Millions” (“80 milionów”) by Waldemar Krzystek, “Joanna” by Feliks Falk, “Fear of Falling” (“Lęk wysokości”) by Bartosz Konopka, “The Canadian Dresses” (“Kanadyjskie Sukienki”) by Maciej Michalski and “Elles” (“Sponsoring”) by Małgorzata Szumowska as well as the best films and animations created by the National Film School in Łódź, Wajda School, Munk Studio and Platige Image Studio.

The exhibitions of film posters allowed cinema-goers to see the works of famous Polish poster designers such as Andrzej Krajewski, Andrzej Pągowski and Eryk Lipiński.

“Special screenings were watched mainly by young people and students, while feature films were attended by a more mature audience and connoisseurs of world cinema,” Mr. Jarza said. “It seems that our idea for the festival continues to perform well. There is an increased interest in ambitious cinema in the United Kingdom and such films are created in Poland.”

Mr. Jarza said this year they will organise trainings led by filmmakers. “There are going to be more concerts and exhibitions, too. We are planning to ask even more British and Canadian cities to cooperate with us,” he said.

He revealed that they are holding talks with Shanghai, Malta and Lisbon for support in organising the next festival.

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