2017 Films



Animation

Loving Vincent

The world's first fully oil painted feature film, brings the artwork of Vincent van Gogh to life in an exploration of the complicated life and controversial death of one of history's most celebrated artists.

Drama

Volhynia

Despite being in love with a Ukrainian boy from the same village, Polish girl, Zosia, is forced to marry a wealthy widower. Soon World War II begins, and ethnic tensions arise. Amidst the chaos Zosia tries to survive.

Thriller

Amok

Based on the true story of Krystian Bala, an ambitious novelist who becomes the central suspect of a police cold case after it's discovered his book "Amok" includes hidden details of a brutal murder identical to those of a man killed in Wroclaw years earlier.

Drama

Stars

"Stars" is the story of Jan Banaś - the famous Polish national team right-wing midfielder whose goal gave Poland the lead against England and helped them secure passage to the 1974 World Cup.

Drama

The Reconciliation

A love triangle in early 1945, Poland. In the newly liberated areas, the Communist Security Service eliminates its enemies under the pretext of punishing "national traitors." It organizes a labor camp for Germans, Silesians and Poles at the site of a former Nazi concentration camp, named Zgoda (Reconciliation). Franek, who is in love with a Polish prisoner, Anna, joins the camp crew to rescue her. He doesn't know that one of the inmates is Erwin, his German friend, who, like himself, has also loved Anna for a long time.

Drama

The Last Family

The story of the Beksinski family. The father, Zdzislaw, a Polish surrealist painter famous for his eerie post-apocalyptic works; his suicidal son, Tomasz, a radio DJ and translator; and the mother, Zofia Beksinska, a devoted Catholic. As the parents try to prevent their son from hurting himself, their lives are defined by painting, a series of near-death experiences, funerals, and changing trends in dance music.

Comedy

The Eccentrics: On the Sunny Side of the Street

The Eccentrics is an incredible story of a jazzman, Fabian, who comes back to Poland from England at the end of the 1950s. With a group of eccentric musicians he starts a swing big-band.

Short

A Celebration of Yiddish Film and Klezmer Music

Experience the Golden Age of Yiddish film with a special screening of a classic Yiddish talkie with a live musical performance by Klezmer Local #206!

Animation

70 Years of Polish Animation

The 70-year jubilee of Polish animation is an opportunity for celebration, and there is a lot to be proud about as it has been a well-known brand since the late fifties and sixties of the last century, the birth of what is known as the Polish school of animation, as evidenced by the two Oscars won – for "Tango" by Zbigniew Rybczyński in 1983 and for "Peter and the Wolf" by Suzie Templeton (a Polish-British co-production) a quarter of a century later.

Action

Secret Screening

It's a secret...

Documentary

Brother Karel

This is the story about Karel Kryl, the bard of two Czech revolutions – The Prague Spring in 1968 and The Velvet Revolution in 1989.

Drama

Bodo

What could be a better way of depicting a biography of a cabaret and movie star than a musical drama?

Short

Unstoppables + On the Road

Unstoppables The story of the Seahawks that play American football representing the Polish city Gdynia. On the Road. A woman picks up a hitchhiker. Find out what secrets they each hide from the other?

Documentary

Autor Solaris + Layer Cake

Autor Solaris, a biographical documentary about Stanislaw Lem.

Layer Cake (Przekładaniec), Stanisław Lem's collaboration with Andrzej Wajda in transposing his own hilarious radio play to the screen.

Short

Shorts & Independents Pt. 2

We’ve selected some of the best films from the submissions we received from independent filmmakers and emerging artists both locally and internationally and have crafted two very special programs.

Short

The Tenants + First Pole on Mars + Best Fireworks Ever

Three great shorts. One that'll scare you, one that'll inspire you, and one that'll captivate you.

Documentary

Don’t Cry When I Am Gone + Exodus

Don't Cry When I'm Gone: The film is about Wanda Sieradzka, the author of many Polish pop hits. The film’s title comes from the popular song, performed by the Italian singer Marino Marini, who visited Poland in the 60s.
Exodus: A theatre company faces a highly contentious and politicized climate when they decide to stage a controversial play in the public square.

Independent

Shorts & Independents Pt. 1

We’ve selected some of the best films from the submissions we received from independent filmmakers and emerging artists both locally and internationally and have crafted two very special programs.

Drama

Cursed

Set in the second half of the 1940’s, the film follows a small band of underground paramilitaries as they attempt to fight back against the Soviet-backed security ministry in post-war Poland.

Drama

Karbala

Karbala, Iraq, was the largest battle fought by Polish soldiers since the end of World War II.

Thriller

Humble Servants

A young German girl jumps off a Wroclaw church tower. She is a member of a women's Gregorian Choir, which the community disapproves of. What connects the suicide of a German student, a German police officer's investigation, and a Vatican envoy arrival? To find an answer to this question, Ana Wittesch and Superintendent Warski will have to learn how to cooperate and trust each other. In the meantime another girl jumps off the Wroclaw church tower....

Comedy

The Art of Loving

Michalina Wislocka, the most famous and recognized sexologist of communist Poland, fights for the right to publish her book, which will change the sex lives of Polish people forever.

Thriller

Convoy

A murder of a convict held in custody seems to be connected with dark and mysterious events from two years back. Can a crime justify a crime?

Drama

The Crystal Girl

The film follows a few people in their twenties experiencing young love – Adrian, Jacus, Wasyl, and Wiesia, the Crystal Girl.

Drama

I, Olga Hepnarova

On July 10, 1973 20-year-old Olga Hepnarova deliberately drove a rented truck into a tram station in the center of Prague. Eight died and eleven were severely injured.

Thriller

A Simple Story About Murder

Jacek is a young policeman who tries to protect his mother and brothers from their despotic father, also a policeman but with illegal business dealings. When the father is murdered, Jacek becomes the main suspect. While trying to prove his innocence, he discovers, to his horror, that he is becoming more and more like his father.

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