Welcome to the 27th Annual Seattle Polish Film Festival

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Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF) is an annual event showcasing the best of Polish cinema since the early 1990s. The SPFF is produced and presented by the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association.

2019 Highlights

Drama

Mr. Jones Oct. 20

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.

Comedy

Planet Single 3 Oct. 18

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.

Drama

Dolce Fine Giornata Oct. 20

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.

Drama

The Messenger Oct. 20

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.

Documentary

Modjeska-Woman Triumphant Oct. 20

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.

Documentary

Bridging Urban America: The Story of Ralph Modjeski Oct. 20

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.

Drama

Solid Gold Oct. 19

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.

Drama

Forbidden songs Oct. 19

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.

Drama

Memories of Summer Oct. 19

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?

Drama

A Coach’s Daughter Oct. 18

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.

Drama

Love in the City of Gardens Oct. 16

"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.

Drama

Back Home Oct. 15

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.

Drama

53 Wars Oct. 13

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.

Thriller

Werewolf Oct. 13

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.

Comedy

Rock’n'Roll Eddie Oct. 13

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.

Documentary

WHO WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY Oct. 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.

Drama

Playing Hard Oct. 12

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.

Documentary

ALL ON A MARDI GRAS DAY Oct. 12 , Oct. 20

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.”

Comedy

Planet Single 2 Oct. 12

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...

Documentary

The Signs Oct. 12

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.

Drama

Sasha Oct. 12

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.

Drama

7 Emotions Oct. 12

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.

Drama

Politics Oct. 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.

Adventure

Vodka and a Drop of Art Oct. 10

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.

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The 2019 Viewers' Choice Award

We have the pleasure to announce the 2019 Seattle Spirit of Polish Cinema - Viewers' Choice Award winner: The Butler directed by Filip Bajon.

Congratulations to the winner and a big thank you for all your votes.

About the SPFF

Seattle Polish Film Festival (SPFF) is an annual event showcasing the best of Polish cinema since the early 1990’s. The SPFF is produced and presented by the non-profit Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association.

SPFF was started in 1992 by Polish community leaders Tom Podl and Dr. Michal Friedrich. Mr. Podl and Dr. Friedrich were inspired by other notable Polish Film festivals in the U.S. and in Poland. They wanted to share this special part of Polish culture with the greater Seattle community. SPFF is the second longest running Polish film festival in the United States. 2017 marked its 25th anniversary.

From 2002 to 2005, local attorney Krys Koper directed the SPFF. Mr. Koper ushered in a new era of procuring high quality films and guests. Under his direction, SPFF presented such films as Revenge and When the Sun was God, as well as classics such as The Promised Land and Woman Alone.

From 2006, local patent attorney Greg Plichta directed SPFF. Under Mr. Plichta's leadership, the SPFF showcased critically acclaimed films alongside independent films, shorts, animations, and documentaries. During this time, the SPFF hosted a wide variety of guests and luminaries from Polish cinema. In 2010, Dr. Michal Friedrich returned to SPFF as the Artistic Director, with Greg Plichta as Managing Director.

As of 2011, former Solidarity activist and local film fanatic Zbigniew Pietrzyk has run SPFF, and in 2012 was joined by his son Michal, a television industry professional, as the Artistic Director. Since then, every edition of SPFF is scheduled to reach new heights in terms of film quality, diversity, and sophistication – in large part due to the generous support of its patrons, and the selfless contributions of its dedicated staff.

Sponsors

When you sponsor our cultural exhibition of Polish films your financial support helps cover the costs of film royalties, theater rental, airfare and accommodations for our guests, advertising, and printing. You can participate at different levels, all with added benefits! Review the options for Signature Sponsorship.