KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival – journey from classics to erotica

This year’s KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival will be held in London from 7th to 17th March.

The festival returns with an exceptionally diverse line-up ranging from restored Wajda work, sexually themed films, live psychedelic film scores, Polish culinary delights and a diverse range of interactive film workshops and much more.

Now in its 11th successful year, the festival is proud to be celebrating the best of Polish International Cinema, including award-winning films from Poland’s great authors to cutting edge, exciting work from a new generation of Polish film-making talent.  

The festival is presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in association with the festival sponsor, MyFerryLink, screening across British cinema venues including: the Barbican, Riverside Studios, Tate Modern, Curzon Soho, The National Gallery, Queens Film Theatre Belfast, FACT Liverpool and Edinburgh Filmhouse.

The Opening Night film will be the UK premiere of the re-mastered classic, “Promised Land” (Ziemia Obiecana), directed by legendary author, Andrzej Wajda which will be held at the Barbican. A tale of three young friends, a Pole, a Jew and a German who pool their money together to build a factory and their ruthless pursuit of fortune.

KINOTEKA will also present new remastered copies of Krzysztof Zanussi’s “Illumination” and “The Escape From Liberty” by Wojciech Marczewski, all screened at the Barbican and released during the festival on DVD.

Highlights in the Contemporary Polish Cinema section, screening at Riverside include “Imagine”, by Andrzej Jakimowski, a Polish/UK production starring Brit actor, Ed Hogg.  Also, Katarzyna Roslaniec’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut Mall Girls, “Baby Blues”, which explores teenage pregnancy; in addition, Wojciech Smarzowski’s “Rose” and Marcin Krysztalowicz’s gritty WWII drama, “Manhunt”, both starring the renowned actor, Marcin Dorocinski.

There will also be an unexpected shift into erotic thriller territory with director Jan Jakub Kolski’s “Killing a Beaver” whose “Eryk Lubos”, was the recipient of the Best Actor Award at 2012 Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

Still hot from its win at the recent Warsaw Film Festival, the Centre Piece Gala and UK premiere, “F**k For Forest”, directed by Michał Marczak promises to raise eyebrows as well as people’s awareness. Can sex save the world? This Berlin NGO thinks so and raises funds for its environmental causes by making and selling amateur porn on the internet.

In order to celebrate this year’s sensual theme, KINOTEKA have proudly commissioned one of Hollywood’s most prolific movie poster designers, Polish artist, Tomasz Opasinski to create his own interpretation of Polish cinema adding one more unique piece to his legendary body of work which includes iconic posters for “Bourne Ultimatum” and “The Devil Wears Prada”.

There will be an accompanying exhibition of Opasinski’s original posters at the Riverside Studios.

This year the Tate Modern in collaboration with LUX will host a series of screenings from Polish revered artist and filmmaker, Wojciech Bruszewski, featuring a fascinating retrospective of his ground-breaking moving image experiments, deconstructing the mental clichés of perception and laying bear the power of media manipulation

Also at the Barbican, this year’s unique Closing Night event is Project Kleksploitation, a musical and visual feast based on the film music of Andrzej Korzynski (Everything For Sale, Possession), composer of more than 120 films including the cult children’s classic, ‘Pan Kleks’.

It will be presented by Andy Votel from Finders Keepers, in conjunction with the Unsound Festival in Krakow. Votel describes the event as Polish psycho-disco re-explored.

KINOTEKA will be presenting a number of interactive cinema workshops for writers and directors in partnership with the London Film Academy and New Horizons, Poland and also for children with a number of free animation workshops inspired by Witold Giersz’ work, in collaboration with the London International Animation Festival.

The festival will launch a national short filmmaking competition inspired by Roman Polanski’s work and in conjunction with the BFI’s upcoming Polanski Retrospective, which will be judged by a panel of film professionals who worked with Polanski.

As a follow up to the BFI retrospective, KINOTEKA will also present a master class with Polanski’s regular DoP, Pawel Edelman, at the BFI Southbank and organised in conjunction with BAFTA.

Finally, to accompany the cinematic treats at the Riverside this year, there will be a chance to discover some culinary delights from the Polish Society of Chefs and Pastry Chefs.
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