2019 Schedule

October 10


Vodka and a Drop of Art 6:00PM Polish Home

Seattle Polish Film Festival invites everyone to the festival kick-off party/fundraising event at the Polish Home in Seattle. Vodka and a Drop of Art is an annual event with music, food, red carpet photos, vodka tasting and a chance to meet Polish filmmakers coming to this year's SPFF. First time this year we will be showcasing art from local Polish artists from and around Seattle. This year we are also a part of the Capitol Hill Art Walk. Come to enjoy the art and spirit of the Seattle Polish Film Festival.

October 11


Politics 8:00PM AMC Pacific Place 11

The film portrays the political environment in Poland that arouses widespread and extreme emotions in the country and divides Poles. Patryk Vega, in his production exposes the ugly truth of the politicians of all political groups. The movie presents politics as a world of frustrated, mutually conflicted people who will do anything to achieve power, money and their pursued objectives.

October 12


7 Emotions 1:00PM SIFF Film Center

Fear, anger, sadness, joy, disgust, jealousy, shame. Adam Miauczyński known primarily from "Day of the Wacko"("Dzień Świra"), incompatible with the world, torn by fears and psychoses, returns to the times of his childhood, when, like most of us, he had a big problem naming the emotions that accompanied him. To improve the quality of his adult life, he decides to return to that not-so-carefree period, to learn to experience seven basic feelings.


The Signs 3:15PM SIFF Film Center

The story of deaf Iwona is a modern Cinderella fairy tale. A life of a seemingly ordinary woman turns upside down when the Miss Deaf International crown lands on her head. While being in the spotlight, she has to face numerous miss duties, travels around the world, participating in a TV talent show, fighting for the rights of the deaf - and in the middle of it all, unexpectedly, a new love is born. From month to month, the media carousel spins faster and faster.


Sasha 3:15PM SIFF Film Center

Sasha, a young Ukrainian, receives a message about death of a man with whom she took a fictional marriage to get Polish VISA. The funeral of her husband gives her an opportunity to meet her beloved Piotr, who arranged her marriage years ago and decided to leave her with no explanation.


Planet Single 2 5:15PM SIFF Film Center

Planet Single 2, a continuation of the hit that millions of viewers fell in love with. It is a story of Ania and Tomek, whose paths crossed thanks to Planet Single dating application. Their relationship is experiencing a considerable crisis. He, the celebrity showman, does not intend to settle down at all. She on the other hand, wants that very much. Things get worse when Alexander, the owner of the Planet Singles application takes an interest in Ania. Thanks to his love algorithm, he is convinced that no one else suits him more than a romantic music teacher...



In a gentrifying New Orleans, Demond sacrifices to be Big Chief in a secret 200-year culture known as Mardi Gras Indians: African-American men from the city’s roughest neighborhoods who spend all year sewing feathered suits they’ll wear only once, in a battle to decide who’s “the prettiest.”


Playing Hard 8:00PM SIFF Film Center

Dorota, the high-powered prosecutor, easily avoids legal repercussions. Magda is the successful grad student with the great job: she likes to party. And then there’s Teresa, respected pediatric surgeon, now divorced. A drama about three women whose drinking gets out of control.

October 13



In November 1940, days after the Nazis sealed 450,000 Jews in the Warsaw Ghetto, a secret band of journalists, scholars, and community leaders decided to fight back. Led by historian Emanuel Ringelblum and known by the code name Oyneg Shabes, this clandestine group vowed to defeat Nazi lies and propaganda not with guns or fists but with pen and paper. They detailed life in the Ghetto from the Jewish perspective.


Rock’n'Roll Eddie 3:00PM SIFF Film Center

Two teenagers, Franek and Izka, punch a hole to another dimension and accidentally let in Rock’n’Roll Eddie – a fugitive from a mysterious realm of Oblivio hunted down by the ruthless Head-hunters. If the kids want to save him, they need to find a way to send Eddie back before the Head-hunters catch him and punish for escaping.


Werewolf 5:00PM SIFF Film Center

Summer of 1945. Eight children who have just survived the Holocaust and were liberated from the Gross-Rosen camp find a refuge in a temporary orphanage established in an abandoned palace surrounded by forests. 20 year old Hanka, also a former inmate, becomes their guardian.


53 Wars 7:00PM SIFF Film Center

Anna, whose husband Witek is an acclaimed 1990s war correspondent, keeps waiting for him to return safely from each war he reports from. But soon she gets overwhelmed by fear and anxiety.

October 15


Back Home 7:30PM Polish Home

Inspired by real events, the story of 19-year-old Ula, a girl from a small town who was kidnapped and forced into prostitution in Germany. After 2 years, she manages to escape and returns to her hometown, where she faces social rejection. She doesn't get support even from her immediate family. Ula, despite being hurt mentally and sexually, does not intend to play the role of victim. She rebels against the ubiquitous hypocrisy of the community.

October 16


Love in the City of Gardens 7:30PM Polish Home

"Love in the City of Gardens" is a story about freedom, love and the price that must be paid to achieve them. The movie portrays people and their deeply hidden secrets. It is political fiction, romantic, social and moral cinema. A multifaceted and captivating story of human passions, ambitions and dreams.

October 18


Planet Single 3 6:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

They came from two different worlds: he – a vainglorious showman, she – a modest music teacher. Connected through a dating app, later, as a celebrity couple in love, they hosted the biggest TV show in Poland. Now they face their greatest challenge. Getting married... and a life together.


A Coach’s Daughter 8:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Full of subtle humor, a sensual and striking story about finding your own way in life regardless of how bright and exciting a future your close ones have planned for you. It’s a scorching hot summer. Maciej Kornet and his beloved daughter Wiktoria set out on another journey across Poland. They are up for a long series of tennis tournaments. The two have been training together for twelve years and are inseparable. Wiktoria meticulously follows her dad’s programme: a strict diet, exhausting workouts, 100% focus.

October 19


Memories of Summer 12:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

The late 1970s, summer in a small provincial town. Twelve-year-old Piotrek has a very strong bond with his mother. While his father is away, his mother starts going out almost every night. Their simple and clear relationship starts to get complicated. Entangled in the affairs of adults, Piotrek feels lost and lonely. Spending time with his peers brings his first fascinations and disappointments. Upon his father's return, Piotrek must confront the uncomfortable truth. Will he support his mother? Will he be loyal towards his father? How will his painful and difficult experience influence his relationship with his mother?


Forbidden songs 1:45PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

A Polish musical directed by Leonard Buczkowski. It was the first feature film to be created in Poland after World War II. The film is set during the German occupation of Warsaw during the WW II and tells the story of the lives and deaths of heroic underground fighters. This is also a movie about the patriotic, defiant street songs that sustained the Warsaw inhabitants during the Nazi occupation.


Solid Gold 4:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Kaja Miller is a young and honest policewoman. During one of ineptly performed operations she is kidnapped and raped. Running away from her attackers, she kills them, but in her report she doesn’t mention the circumstances of the incident and leaves her job.


The Butler 7:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Inspired by true events and beautifully crafted, an epic tale spanning 45 years (1900-1945) that follows the fate of the Prussian von Krauss family. Set against the backdrop of tumultuous history of the Kashubian region and three nations inhabiting the former Polish-German borderland - the Kashubs, Poles, and Germans, The Butler is a remarkable story not to be missed.

October 20


Modjeska-Woman Triumphant 12:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

The American journey of the nineteenth century iconic Polish actress Helena Modjeska as she builds her own persona to become an icon on the American stage. The movie talks about her earliest impressions, influences, conflicts and desires as she leaves her war-torn Poland to become the voice of Poland and the voice of women.


Bridging Urban America: The Story of Ralph Modjeski 12:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Bridging Urban America: The Story of Ralph Modjeski is a documentary about one of America's greatest bridge designers. He was also a pioneer of the suspension bridges. Ralph Modjeski - a Polish-born and Paris-educated civil engineer - designed and built over 40 bridges over the period of 1896 through 1936.



In a gentrifying New Orleans, Demond sacrifices to be Big Chief in a secret 200-year culture known as Mardi Gras Indians: African-American men from the city’s roughest neighborhoods who spend all year sewing feathered suits they’ll wear only once, in a battle to decide who’s “the prettiest.”


Mr. Jones 3:45PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

The extraordinary untold story of Gareth Jones, an ambitious young Welsh journalist who traveled to the Soviet Union in 1933 and uncovered the appalling truth behind the Soviet “utopia” and Stalin’s regime.


The Messenger 6:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

The Polish Officer Jan Nowak (Philippe Tłokiński) is appointed for a secret mission and transferred immediately from London to Warsaw through allied transfer channels (Brindisi, Italy). He is to deliver confidential information directly to General Tadeusz “Bór” Komorowski and the Home Army’s leaders. His solitary mission was to be decisive in the fates of Poland and World War II. Tracked by all enemy intelligence, transferred from hotel Savoy to Żabno in the dead of night, he meets people who will change his life forever.


Dolce Fine Giornata 8:10PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Maria Linde (Krystyna Janda) is a respected Polish poet and Nobel Prize winner, who lives an idyllic life with her husband Antonio (Antonio Catania) and a daughter Anna (Kasia Smutniak) in a warm Tuscany until she meets a young Egyptian immigrant, the owner of a nearby beach bar.

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