2022 Schedule

October 14


Silent Land 6:00PM SIFF Film Center

A perfect couple rents a holiday home on a sunny Italian island. The reality does not live up to their expectations when they find out that the pool in the house is broken. Ignorant of the fact that the island faces water shortage, they ask for someone to fix it.


The Tenant 8:00PM SIFF Film Center

The peace of mind of a tenement house in Warsaw’s Mokotów district is shattered by the appearance of the alleged legal owner of the building. Using ruthless methods, the man starts forcing more families to move out. Janina Markowska is the most determined in her fight for the right to her apartment.

October 15


25 Years of Innocence 2:00PM SIFF Film Center

"25 Years of Innocence” is a moving action drama based on real events that were followed closely by whole Poland. It is a story about the life of Tomasz Komenda, a young man wrongly sentenced to 25 years in prison for raping and murdering a teenage girl. The filmmakers make an attempt to find answers to all the burning questions on everyone's mind. How could this happen? Why did an innocent man have to wait 18 years in a cell to be served justice?


The Sculptor 4:15PM SIFF Film Center

When a retired Polish sculptor is diagnosed with a degenerative eye disease, his wife and former muse re-inspires him to sculpt her one last time, opening his eyes for the first time to her age-defying beauty.


Ceremony 4:15PM SIFF Film Center

Joanna returns to her home village for her father’s funeral. On the night of her arrival, an explosive argument breaks out in the family. Joanna wants to fullfil her father’s wish for a secular funeral, but her mother is categorically opposed to the very idea.


All Our Fears 6:00PM SIFF Film Center

Daniel, an artist, comes from the countryside and was brought up within the structures of the Catholic Church. His relationship with Olek is evolving in secret. The suicide of a religious queer girl from his village pushes him to fight for tolerance. He tries to unite the community, but everyone turns his back on him. The story is based on real-life events.

October 16


Orchestra of Exiles 2:00PM SIFF Film Center

Orchestra of Exiles explores Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman 4-year odyssey, which culminates in the founding of the orchestra that would become the Israel Philharmonic. Huberman's personal transformation and subsequent heroic struggle to get Jewish musicians out of Europe to found this orchestra will be at the heart of this film.


Triple Trouble 4:00PM SIFF Film Center

When Claude Monet's "Beach in Pourville" disappears from the National Museum in Poznan, and Julka's aunt is falsely accused of theft, Julka and her friend Olek must find the painting.


On the Frontline. Fleeing Irpin and The Defenders of Kharkiv 5:45PM SIFF Film Center

Putin's aggression against Ukraine is the most terrifying attack on a European state since the Second World War. Images of bombed cities and people fleeing shook the entire civilized world and shattered our sense of security.


Chopin. I Am Not Afraid of Darkness 5:45PM SIFF Film Center

“Chopin. I'm Not Afraid of Darkness" is a documentary that weaves the stories of three outstanding pianists, a Pole - Leszek Możdżer, a Korean Won Jae - Yeon, and a Syrian immigrant, half a Pole - Fares, who, apart from their passion for Chopin's music, combine the difficult historical experiences of countries, they come from.


Maryla. That’s How I Loved 8:00PM SIFF Film Center

The story about the colorful live of the queen of the Polish musical scene – Maryla Rodowicz – is a biographical and musical journey that shows the artist’s passions and loves.

October 21


Ania 6:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

“Ania” is a touching story about the prematurely deceased, at age of 36, Polish actress Anna Przybylska, the unforgettable Marylka from the TV series “Złotopolscy”.


Black Sheep 8:00PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Arek and Magda are a married couple from 25 years, caring for their sick grandfather. They live with their son, Tomek, who has been in a long-term relationship with his girlfriend Asia. It is a typical family and seemingly everything is fine. And yet...

October 22


Leave No Traces 1:20PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Political thriller is based on a true story about a young student beaten to death by the police in 1980s Communist Poland.


Love on the first page 4:15PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

She is an ordinary girl from the neighborhood, he is the best party of the Republic. They say opposites attract, but love can sometimes be unpredictable. Especially when paparazzis are overly interested in their lives. "Love on First Page" is the story of Nina (Olga Bolądź) - a modern-day Cinderella and Robert (Piotr Stramowski) - the son of a presidential couple.


Girls To Buy 6:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Based on a true story, Emi - a young, ambitious girl, dreams about life outside her small town. When a tempting madam offers her a chance to escape, she doesn't hesitate and quickly becomes an exclusive escort. Soon enough she climbs the ranks and starts her own VIP escort service -- recruiting Polish celebrities, actors, singers, and models.

October 23


Carol of the Bells 1:30PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Adapted from a popular Ukrainian folk melody, the Christmas classic “Carol of the Bells” came to represent the spirit of brotherhood over the world. Set in pre and postwar Ukraine, this ultimately life-affirming film centers on three families - Polish, Ukrainian and Jewish - who share a large house and musical evenings. Their peaceful existence is shattered by the Nazi and Soviet occupations


March 1968 4:15PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Warsaw, 1968. Students are protesting against the unlawful expulsion of their colleagues from the university and in defense of the "Dziady" (Forefathers' Day) poster, directed by Kazimierz Dejmek, and staged at the National Theater.


Lullaby Killer 6:45PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

After a series of mysterious disappearances in 1950s Kraków, young investigator Karski believes he's on the trail of a vicious serial killer.


Back Then 8:45PM SIFF Cinema Uptown

Marta is a romantic and a school loser. She shares a room with her sister Kasia and her grandma who tells her granddaughters stories from the Warsaw Uprising instead of fairy tales.

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