The 7th Kinoteka Polish Film Festiwal in London

The full programme with all important details about the festival

17th March 2009: Here’s the full programme of the 7th Kinoteka Polish Film Festiwal in London organized by the Polish Cultural Institute.

Wednesday 18 March
at 6.30pm at BFI Southbank
Four Nights with Anna / Cztery noce z Anną
dir. Jerzy Skolimowski
cast. Artur Steranko, Kinga Preis
Małgorzata Burczkowska
2008, 91 min

Enigmatic, disturbing and tender, Four Nights with Anna marks Skolimowski’s return as a director after a 17-year absence. The film
opened the Directors’ Fortnight at Cannes last year, attracting comparisons with his 1971 masterpiece Deep End. Artur Steranko
plays the loner Leon, who becomes obsessed with a nurse in a small provincial hospital.
What is his motivation and how far will his obsession take him?
Followed by a Q&A with Jerzy Skolimowski

Saturday 21 March
at 2.30pm at R
Jerzy Skolimowski’s retrospective
Identification Marks: None / Rysopis
cast. Jerzy Skolimowski, Elżbieta Czyżewska
1964, 80 min

This revolutionary film was immediately acclaimed by critics as heralding a ‘Polish New Wave’. Made piece-meal budget during hisyears at the Łódź Film School, Skolimowski used the film stock available to him for student exercises to complete his feature directorial debut. The film features Skolimowski himself in the main role, as the immature and purposeless Andrzej Leszczyc. Skolimowski exploited the system of the Polish film industry to make his film, utilizing the amateurishness of student-filmmaking as a subversive tool.
The film might be percieved as a first independent production in socialist Poland.

at 4.10pm
Walkover / Walkower
cast. Jerzy Skolimowski, Aleksandra Zawieruszanka
1965, 77 min
Skolimowski returns as Andrzej Leszczyc, the restless, alienated outsider from his first feature Identification Marks: None. Andrzejdecides to enter a boxing tournament despite the fact that odds are very much against him. The night before the fight he encountersTeresa, a girl he knew at University before he was expelled.

Sunday 22 March
at 2.00pm at Riverside Studios
Double Bill: Jerzy Skolimowski’s retrospective

Barrier / Bariera
cast. Jan Nowicki, Joanna Szczerbic
1966, 84 min
Barrier is Skolimowski’s third and the most acclaimed of his early films. A university graduate leaves a cold campus for a new lifearmed with a suitcase, a coin he won from a friend, and the old sword given by his father.
It is a film about two generations who have different feelings about the war; the older generation keeps imposing their emotionson the young, like passing on the sword once used in battles.

at 3.45pm
Hands Up! / Ręce do goÅLry
cast. Jerzy Skolimowski, Joanna Szczerbic
Tadeusz Łomnicki,
1967/1981, 90 min
Censored by the Polish authorities Hands Up! can be seen as a direct provocation for change. The film begins with a sci-fi motif:abstract images and electronic music. Then the viewer is taken from the ruins of Lebanon back into the past, featuring a score of Polishactors in a setting resembling Kantor’s experimental theatre. The story is a probing investigation of a group of young physicianswho recall their university days during the Stalinist period while meeting at a class reunion. Originally completed in 1967, thefilm was not released in the West until 1981 after Skolimowski reedited it and added new colour footage.

Monday 23 March
at 7pm Cargo Club
Programmed by Jan Naszewski, Shorts International and hosted by Polish DeConstruction

Loneliness Of The Short Orders Cook /
Samotność kucharza szybkich zamowień
dir. Marcel Sawicki, 2008, 25 min
A Japanese expat in New York is looking for love and understanding in this original, sophisticated piece of filmmaking.

Take a Look / Popatrz
dir. Adam Palenta, 2008, 4 min
Two blind kids try to describe an abstract painting by touching it.

What Nobody Knows / Czego nikt nie wie
dir. Maciej Prykowski, 2008, 23 min
Romantic comedy. A city boy falls in love with a country girl desperate to leave her father.
Their move to town leads to an unexpected finale.

The Well / Studnia
dir. Andrzej Gosieniecki, 2008, 9 min
Animation. There is a belief among desert tribes that water can be obtained from clouds. During a drought a group decides to hunt for clouds with air baloons.

Joyets / Radostki
dir. Magda Osińska, 2008, 10 min
Animation about the power of a child’s imagination.
Followed by a Q&A with Magda Osińska.

Monday 30 March
at 7pm Cargo Club

Aria Diva
dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska, 2007, 30 min
When an opera diva moves into a flat above a middle-class family a special relationship develops between her and her housewifeneighbour in this electrifying and sensual drama.

Glass Trap / Szklana pułapka
dir. Paweł Ferdek, 2008, 15 min
Documentary. Young gangster-wannabies lead their lifes like action film heroes. Cars, drugs and… fish fights are their daily bread.

Mr. Owl And The Barber From Targowek /
Pan Sowka i fryzjer z Targowka
dir. Lesław Dobrucki, Marzena Popławska,
Joanna Pawluśkiewicz, 2008, 10 min
Stylised comedy written by children from Warsaw’s Praga district. In a society ruled by an obsessed barber a group of youngsters decides to rebel.

The Splinter / Drzazga
dir. Wojtek Wawszczyk, 2008, 17 min
The Splinter is a story about a wooden park bench, unhappily in love with a girl. Desperate and hurt it decides to have its revenge.
Followed by a Q&A with Paweł Ferdek

POLISH New wave:

Friday 3 April
at 7pm at Tate Modern
All screenings of Polish New Wave
– Starr Auditorium
Through And Through / Na Wylot
dir. Grzegorz Królikiewicz
1972, 70 min
Królikiewicz’s radical debut is representative of his parallel pursuits – as a filmmaker as well as a film theorist – and employs his crucial
theory of ‘out-of-frame cinematic space’.
The first film in his trilogy (together with Dancing Hawk and Endless Claims) portraying typical Polish anti-heroes imprisoned by reality, Through and Through criticized the nihilism and depravity created by the sociopolitical system.

Saturday 4 April
at 3pm at Tate Modern
Jerzy Skolimowski
Identification Marks: None / Rysopis
1964, 78 min

kinoteka_glowna__w250.jpgSaturday 4 April
at 7pm at Tate Modern
On The Silver Globe / Na Srebrnym
dir. Andrzej Żuławski
1976/1987, 155 min
One of the earliest cosmic odysseys, and science fiction superproductions the film begins and ends with off-screen commentary by Żuławski on the failure of the film’s 12-year-long production, left unfinished due to bureaucratic intervention. The film’s selfreferential commentary, amazing costumes, hysterical and ecstatic cinematography and montage, and unforgettable performances, are all typical of Żuławski’s unique and shamanic film language.
Dir. Andrzej Żuławski introduces the screening

Sunday 5 April
at 12.00 at Tate Modern
The Illumination / Iluminacja
dir. Krzysztof Zanussi
1973, 87 min

Sunday 5 April
at 3pm at Tate Modern
The Hydro-Riddle / Hydrozagadka
dir. Andrzej Kondratiuk
1970, 70 min
A superhero comedy modelled on detective films and comic strip parodies, The Hydro- Riddle begins during a Warsaw heat-wave,in which the city’s water supply has inexplicably vanished. Scientists and a detective desperately try to solve the mystery.
With its gleeful deconstruction of film heroes and icons, its unapologetically inappropriate quotations from Shakespeare, Goethe and others, and terrific camera-work, it’s hardto believe The Hydro-Riddle was made in communist Poland.

Skiing Scenes With Franz Klammer /ceny Narciarskie Z Franzem
dir. Bogdan Dziworski, Gerald Kargl,
Zbigniew Rybczyński
1980, 22 min.
One of the best examples of ‘creative documentary,’ the paradoxical genre examined and expanded by artists from the Łódź Film School, the film presents a biographical-visual impression of an Austrian skier-celebrity of the late-70’s.

Wanda Gościmińska. A Textile Worker/Wanda Gościmińska. WłoÅLkniarka
dir. Wojciech Wiszniewski
1975, 21 min
The film focuses on a symbol and product of communist propaganda of the 50’s – the famous labor leader Wanda Gościmińska from Łódź, deconstructing the false mechanisms, beliefs and ritualsof the totalitarian era. This ‘creative documentary’ was shaped in unusual visual and cinematic structure: combination of set design by conceptual artist Ewa Partum and cinematography by Zbigniew Rybczyński.
Project co-organized by:
Filmoteka Narodowa in Warsaw, Center
for Contemporary Art (CSW) in Warsaw,
Polish Film Institute

Wednesday 8 April
Closing Gala
at 7.30 pm at the Barbican
The Michael Nyman Band + Motion Trio
Films to write Music To

Nyman is one of Britain’s most celebrated composers and his recently discovered Polish roots have led him to seek inspiration from the visual history of Polish cinema.

The Barbican and KINOTEKA are proud to present a very special evening of film and music, offering a unique collaboration between the Michael Nyman Band and the cutting-edge Polish accordion group, Motion Trio.

The evening begins with Nyman revisiting some of his most celebrated scores for Peter Greenaway’s films including The Draughtsman’s Contract (1982), Drowning by Numbers (1988) and Prospero’s Books (1991) and includes the world premiere of a new ersion of MGV (Musique a` Grande Vitesse) performed with Motion Trio. The phenomenal technique, imagination and avant-gardeapproach of the Motion Trio adds a totally new aural dimension to these classic Nyman scores.

The climax to the evening is the World Premiere of Nyman’s latest musical work, a personal celebration of classic Polish cinema.

Nyman has composed his new work to a montage of extracts from the Polish films which have inspired him, featuring many remarkable and visually stunning images from great Polish filmmakers such as Andrzej Wajda, Andrzej Żuławski, Krzysztof Kieślowski and Andrzej Munk.


Riverside Studios
Crisp Road
London W6 9RL
020 8237 1111

Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 4141

Prince Charles Cinema
7 Leicester Place
London WC2H 7BY
0870 811 2559

Tate Modern
London SE1 9TG
020 7887 8888

Cargo club
83 Rivington Street
London EC2A 3AY
020 7739 3440

BFI Southbank
Belvedere Road
South Bank
London SE1 8XT
Box Office: 020 7928 3232

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