Poland

Witold Leszczynski – Siekierezada AKA Axiliad, or The Winter of Forest People (1986)

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A young, idealistic poet, turns his back on civilization and goes to small, backwood village, rents a bed in the house of an old woman, and decides to make his living as a lumberjack. Soon he realizes that the world around him is far from perfect. He does not make any real contact with the people in the village. And then another outcast like him rents a bed in the same house. Read More »

Kazimierz Karabasz – Muzykanci aka The Musicians (1960)

A short documentary about a group of musicions on a factory. This is one of the most famous polish short documentarys and one of Karabasz student; Krzysztof Kieslowskis favorite movies. Read More »

Wojciech Has & Stanislaw Rózewicz – Ulica Brzozowa AKA Brzozowa Street (1947)

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The film shows the revival of Warsaw after the war. The city slowly rises from the fall, mainly thanks to the people who work hard to rebuild their capital. The documentary, despite its obvious propaganda message, has been made for heart-rending, and today its paintings represent an undeniable historical and archival value. Read More »

Roman Polanski – Gdy spadaja anioly AKA When Angels Fall (1959)

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A woman working in the municipal toilet recalls her youth. Colourful images of life in the countryside, first love, lancers intertwine with a gloomy image of reality. The film is the diploma work by Roman Polański. Read More »

Various – Dekalog 89+ AKA Decalogue 89+ [Official Dekalog Remake] (2010)

This is a very rare and obscure official remake of Kieslowski’s Decalogue.

Episodes:
I: The Scent of Flowers Does Not Blow Against the Wind (You shall have no other gods before me)
II: Newbie (You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain)
III: Overboard (Remember the Sabbath day and keep it holy)
IV: My Poor Head (Honour your father and your mother)
V: Janusz W. Case (You shall not kill)
VI: The Lodger (You shall not commit adultery)
VII: Street Feeling (You shall not steal)
VIII: The Fence (You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour)
IX: Yoko Ono’s Cups (You shall not covet your neighbour’s wife)
X: Real (You shall not covet your neighbour’s goods) Read More »

Andrzej Wajda – Popiól i diament aka Ashes and Diamonds [+Extras] (1958)

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On the last day of World War Two in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar. But a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a beautiful barmaid who gives him a glimpse of what his life could be. Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time. Read More »

Jerzy Skolimowski – Essential Killing (2010)

allmovie wrote:
A pair of American security operatives (Zach Cohen and Iftach Ofir) are on patrol in Afghanistan when they stumble upon a Taliban fighter (Vincent Gallo), who kills them despite his terror and nervousness. While trying to escape, the Afghan is captured by American forces; he’s tortured during interrogation, but doesn’t tell the Americans anything, in part because an explosion has made it difficult for him to hear what they’re saying. The Americans ship the Afghan off to a detention facility with a number of other Taliban soldiers, but upon arrival he’s able to escape. However, the Afghan finds himself in a forbidding snowbound climate, and with no provisions or warm clothing he struggles to simply survive as he avoids his pursuers and struggles to find some way to get home. Read More »