Poland

Aleksander Ford – Mlodosc Chopina AKA Chopin’s Youth (1952)

A story of the formative years in Chopin’s life between 1825 and 1831, a time of social unrest throughout Europe, of rising nationalism, and of cries for reform. Chopin, an outstanding student in music, and inflamed with the revolutionary spirit in his native Poland, gives a number of concerts which are praised by the aristocracy. His fame growing, he sets out on tour and, while in Vienna, hears of the November uprising in Warsaw. He makes an attempt to return and join the fight but his carriage breaks down, and his is brought back ill. Warned by his doctor, he settles down to a quieter life in Paris, and continues his work. Read More »

Aleksander Ford & Jerzy Zarzycki – Ludzie Wisly AKA The People of the Vistula (1938)

The history of watermen living on barges and floating on the Vistula. Anna has a deep affection petty thief who steals from her father in order to buy her Berlinka. Matyjaska a poor woman who has a damaged boat – it must get money from her former husband, and therefore resorts to blackmail. Soon fate will combine these two women. Read More »

Malgorzata Szumowska – Twarz (2018)

Jacek loves heavy metal, his girlfriend and his dog. His family, his small hometown, his fellow parishioners all see him as an amusing freak. Jacek works at the construction site of what it is supposed to become the tallest statue of Jesus in the world. When a severe accident disfigures him completely, all eyes turn to him as he undergoes the first facial transplant in the country. Read More »

Aleksander Ford – Majdanek – cmentarzysko Europy aka Majdanek – Europe’s Cemetary (1945)

A documentary record shot on the 24th and 25th July 1944 of the concentration camp in Majdanek. Comparable to Resnais’ Nuit et bruillard, it’s filled with images of such staggering awfulness that they take on an almost abstract quality – one might regard the images of mountains of shoes, spectacles and hairbrushes as beautiful if one was unaware of the horrifying reality behind them. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi – Skarby ukryte z cyklu ‘Opowiesci weekendowe’ AKA Weekend Stories: Hidden Treasure AKA Hidden Treasures of the Weekend Stories Cycle (2000)

Rose, an older woman living in Paris was born in Poland as a daughter of an aristocratic family. Her family house is now an impoverished home for the old people. Rose visited her property many times since the Berlin Wall collapsed and this time she arranged a meeting with an old palace employee, who earned big money having run a greenhouse business. Nevertheless, it remains a secret where the money to start this business came from. Not having a chance to speak to the employee, Rose meets his granddaughter – Jola – and enjoying her company, invites her to visit Paris. As Jola arrives in Paris, she gets acquainted with a young Arabian with whom she falls in love. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi – Linia opózniajaca z cyklu ‘Opowiesci weekendowe’ AKA Weekend Stories: Dilatory Line (1998)

A young TV producer struggles with his conscience when he becomes convinced that his TV program is covering up a lie, but the more he tries to reveal the truth the more uncertainty he discovers. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi – Dusza spiewa z cyklu ‘Opowiesci weekendowe’ AKA Weekend Stories: The Soul Sings (1997)

A classical singer who put his career on hold to raise a family gets a big break when a major company hires him for a televised New Year’s Eve concert, but his shot at fame is threatened when, against his better judgment, he goes out on a rainy night and gets a cold. Read More »