Poland

Juliusz Machulski – Pieniadze to nie wszystko AKA Money Is Not Everything (2001)

A 50-year old philosopher-turned-businessman wants to give up his business in the wine industry and just live off the wealth he has accumulated. He has a car accident though, and ends up in a liquidated state farm. He’s taken hostage by fans of the cheap wine his company makes. The social helper present in the farm comes up with the mediating idea of giving him a month to create a company and take the ex-farmers out of unemployment. After all, he publicly boasted one only needs a good idea to create a company…. Read More »

Adrian Panek – Wilkolak AKA Werewolf (2018)

Children liberated from a Nazi concentration camp have to overcome hunger, thirst and vicious dogs in an abandoned mansion surrounded by the forest. Read More »

Janusz Morgenstern – Zólty szalik AKA The Yellow Scarf (2000)

The Yellow Scarf is a film by Janusz Morgenstern from 2000. Janusz Gajos plays its protaganist, a man fighting with alcoholism, and is proof that television productions do not have to be worse than feature films.

The protagonist – a middle-aged man at the top of his career – does not have a name, nor a surname; he is a universal character, an everyman that everyone can identify with. On the Christmas Eve he consecutively meets with his employees, his ex-wife, his son and his present partner. His persistently prolonged rambling is meant to postpone the inevitable Christmas visit to his mother. Read More »

Bohdan Poreba – Droga na zachód AKA Road to the West (1961)

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During the last days of WWII, an old railroad worker and his assistant guide a train liaded with explosives to the Western front. The journey is a perilous trek through rough terrain, occupied by ruthless German soldiers, desparate deserters, and dangerous gangs seeking easy money. Read More »

Andrzej Munk – Czlowiek na torze AKA Man on the Tracks (1957)

In 1950, at night, a passenger train kills a man on the tracks. He is Orzechowski, an engineer since 1914. An inquiry immediately follows. Testimony takes the form of flashbacks. Tuszka, the station master, believes Orzechowski was a saboteur; at least one on the inquiry panel agrees. Zapora, the young engineer on the train that hit Orzechowski, gives more complicated testimony about the dead man – stiff-necked, proud, imperious, critical of Zapora and other younger workers. The signalman at the crossing where Orzechowski died also testifies. Can the panel arrive at the truth in a world where workers unite, inferior coal is a badge of honor, and the old order is suspect? Read More »

Jerzy Hoffman – Potop AKA The Deluge (1974)

Nominated for a Best Foreign Film Oscar in 1974, this follow-up to WITH FIRE AND SWORD is set in the 17th century during the Swedish invasion and occupation of Poland, known as The Deluge, which left the country in ruins.
Based on a novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, Deluge follows the romance between a violent soldier and the young woman who tries to tame him. Read More »

Andrzej Wajda – Kronika wypadków milosnych AKA Chronicle of Amorous Accidents (1986)

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Set in the summer months preceding the September 1939 outbreak of World War II in Polish part of Lithuania. A young highschool lad, Witek, is hoping to pass the entrance exams to the university. His love interest is Alina, his high-school colleague. Read More »