KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival to be held this week

The 11th edition of the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival will be held in the UK from 7th to 17th March 2013.

The festival announces an exceptionally diverse programme of films and events ranging from Polish cinema classics to live psychedelic film scores and challenging new works of brave ideas and sexual exploration.  

In addition, this year’s line-up boasts interactive film workshops for all ages, a national filmmaking competition inspired by the films of Roman Polanski, Women’s Day celebrations and Polish culinary delights.

The festival is proudly presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in association with the festival sponsor, MyFerryLink, and supported by the Polish Film Institute.

KINOTEKA will be screening across British cinema venues including: the Barbican, BFI Southbank, Curzon Soho, Riverside Studios, Tate Modern, Institute of Contemporary Arts, National Gallery, London Film Academy, Queens Film Theatre Belfast, FACT Liverpool and Edinburgh Filmhouse.

The Opening Night Gala is the UK premiere of a beautifully restored classic, “The Promised Land” (Ziemia Obiecana, 1974), directed by celebrated auteur, Andrzej Wajda. Screening at the Barbican on 7th March, Wajda's epic tale of three young friends in the ruthless pursuit of fortune is a wry, incisive, and elegantly realized Dickensian tale of greed, human cruelty, exploitation and betrayal.  

“The Promised Land” was recently voted ‘Best Film in the History of Polish Cinema’ in the Polish magazine FILM.

This year’s unique Closing Night concert event at the Barbican is Andy Votel presents: Kleksploitation, a vibrant sonic and visual journey, into the film music of prolific composer Andrzej Korzynski, who wrote soundtracks for more than 120 films including Wajda’s “Everything for Sale”, and Żulawski’s “Third Part of The Night” and “Possession”, and the cult children’s classic, Pan Kleks trilogy of films from the 1980s.

Presented by Andy Votel and his own Finders Keepers Records label, in collaboration with film editor Andy Rushton and Andrzej Korzynski, Kleksploitation is commissioned by the UNSOUND Festival in Krakow, and produced by the Barbican and the Polish Cultural Institute.

Votel describes the event as, “Reconstituted cinematic synth-pop from Communist Poland’s deepest hallucinogenic, hibernation period”.

The Centre Piece Gala is the UK premiere of “F**k For Forest”, directed by Michal Marczak. Winning at the Warsaw Film Festival, and included in the 2013 Berlinnale, it promises to raise a few 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. On general release 19th April, courtesy of Dogwoof.

Accompanying the screening of Wajda’s “The Promised Land”, KINOTEKA will also present newly restored versions of Krzysztof Zanussi’s idiosyncratic, engaging and insightful fusion of science and art, “Illumination” as well as Wojciech Marczewski's darkly comic, anti-totalitarian satire Escape From ‘Liberty’ Cinema. All three films will be released during the festival by Second Run DVD as the second volume of its critically acclaimed ‘Polish Cinema Classics’ series.

Highlights in the New Polish Cinema section, screening at Riverside Studios (8th – 10th March) include “Imagine”, by Andrzej Jakimowski, a Polish/UK co-production starring Brit actor, Ed Hogg; Katarzyna Roslaniec’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut Mall Girls, Baby Blues, a frank account of teen pregnancy and child rearing struggle of a 17 year old couple; Wojciech Smarzowski’s “Rose and Marcin” Krysztalowicz’s gritty WWII drama, “Manhunt”, both starring renowned actor, Marcin Dorocinski, who recently featured in the BBC 4 drama series ‘The Spies of Warsaw’.

Finally, in an unexpected shift from magic realism into erotic thriller territory, director Jan Jakub Kolski presents “To Kill a Beaver”, whose Eryk Lubos was the recipient of the Best Actor Award at last year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

In celebration of National Women’s Day on 8th March, a time-honoured tradition in Poland, there will be a special free presentation of Maria Sadowska’s ‘feminist western’ “Women’s Day”, at Riverside Studios followed by a discussion and after-party with live music played by 73 year-old Polish cult DJ – ‘DJ Wika’.

KINOTEKA has commissioned one of Hollywood’s most prolific movie poster designers, Polish artist, Tomasz Opasinski to produce the festival artwork. Opasinski has made a name for himself in Hollywood with an impressive resume, having worked on over 400 stunning film and gaming ad campaigns over the past decade including “Prometheus”, “Paris Je T’aime”, “The Bourne Ultimatum” and “King Kong” to name but a few.

There will be a chance to see some of Opasinski’s original posters at the Riverside Studios during the festival (1st – 15th March) as well as hear him discussing new graphic trends in Hollywood at the masterclass organised as part of the festival in collaboration with Blueprint Magazine.

Recognised as one of the masters of Polish animation Witold Giersz will be presenting his acclaimed films at the National Gallery including the UK premiere of his latest commission, ‘Signum’, an animated cave painting using traditional materials of charcoal on rock slabs, inspired by the Palaeolithic art at the caves of Lascaux and Altamira.

Witold Giersz will be talking about his esteemed career in conversation with writer Alison Frank following the screening. Inspired by the Giersz’ retrospective, KINOTEKA is presenting a free 4-day animation workshop for children in collaboration with the London International Animation Festival at the Riverside Studios.

This year the Festival is launching a new initiative, Kinoteka Studio, an intensive, lab-based programme aimed at Polish and British writer-directors who wish to develop their skills in story development, pitching and directing actors under the watchful eyes of industry professionals including; Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Zanussi, Wojciech Marczewski and Asif Kapadia.

Kinoteka Studio is organised in partnership with the London Film Academy and T-Mobile New Horizons Film Festival in Poland.

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

Artists Anka and Willhelm Sasnal present their latest feature ‘It Looks Pretty From A Distance’ as part of the ICA’s regular Artist’s Film Club series, followed by Anka and Willhelm in conversation with Steven Cairns, ICA Associate Curator of Artist’s Moving Image.

The festival has recently launched a national short filmmaking competition Frantic Films: a Competition for Films Inspired by Roman Polanski, which will be judged by a jury of film professionals who worked with Polanski including Timothy Burrill (producer “The Pianist”, “Oliver Twist”), Jerzy Skolimowski (scriptwriter “Knife in the Water”) and Pawel Edelman (DOP “The Pianist”, “Carnage”) as well as by the general public via

The award is sponsored by Project London Films, a distributor of Polish films in UK and Ireland. KINOTEKA will also present a masterclass with Pawel Edelman, at the BFI Southbank, organised in conjunction with BAFTA.

Finally, to accompany this unmissable line-up of cinematic treats, the Polish Society of Chefs and Pastry Chefs will be creating an array of Polish culinary delights, available throughout the festival at the Riverside Café.

This year’s KINOTEKA festival Special Guests include:
Pawel Edelman; Witold Giersz; Jan Jakub Kolski; Andrzej Korzynski; Wojciech Marczewski; Michal Marczak; Tomasz Opasinski; Wojciech Pszoniak; Anna and Wilhelm Sasnal; Wirginia Szmyt (DJ Wika), Krzysztof Zanussi and Andy Votel.

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