Tag Archives: Polish

Stanislaw Rózewicz – Westerplatte (1967)

Westerplatte is a small peninsula at the entry to the Gdansk Harbour. Before World War II, it functioned as a Polish ammunition depot in the Free City of Danzig/Gdansk. Its crew consisted of one infantry company and a group of civilians, 182 people in total. It was the only Polish guard-post at the mouth of the Vistula River, with as little as five sentries, one field cannon, two anti-armour guns and four mortars. It was the first obstacle to Hitler’s predatory march across Europe. The first shots of World War II were fired here. This film tells the story of Westerplatte’s courageous defenders. Read More »

Grzegorz Królikiewicz – Na wylot AKA Through and Through (1973)

“Through and Through” is a legendary feature focusing on radicalization of cinematic language. The film transgresses traditional methods of narrative construction, which is characteristic of its genre. This non-conentional treatment of the cinematic form places this film somewhere between experimental art and cinema, in a domain that does not properly belong to either field. Krolikiewicz’s radical debut is representative of his parallel pursuits – as a filmmaker as well as film theorist – and employs his crucial theory of “out – of – frame cinematographic space.” The first film in his trilogy (together with Dancing Hawk and Endless Claims), which portray typical Polish anti-heroes imprisoned by reality, “Through and Through” criticizes the nihilism and depravity created by the socio-political system. Read More »

Janusz Majewski – Sprawa Gorgonowej aka The Gorgon Case (1977)

Dramatic reconstruction of the case of a Polish woman named Emilia Margerita Gorgonowa who was tried for the murder of Elzbieta Zarembianka, the sixteen year old daughter of a successful architect in Lvov at the beginning of the 1930’s. Based on material in the Cracow archives, pertaining to the two trials as well as the diaries and notes of people closely connected to the case. The film attempts to discover why Gorgonowa was vilified and condemned by the public which had an effect on the outcome of the trial. It aims to present a faithful and documented picture of the events accompanying both trials. Read More »

Barbara Sass – Rajska jablon AKA Apple Tree of Paradise (1986)

The novels “Dziewczęta z Nowolipek” and “Rajska jabłoń” by Pola Gojawiczyńska were published in the middle of the 1930s. The author, using her own experience and memories, described the childhood and youth of several friends, residents of the Warsaw district of Nowolipki. The novel “Dziewczęta z Nowolipek” was first screened in 1937 by Józef Lejtes. This film adaptation was highly acclaimed. There were even voices that the film was artistically superior to Gojawiczyńska’s prose. The novel was adapted for the film for the second time at the beginning of the 1970s. This television adaptation also included “Rajska jabłoń” (“Paradise Apple”). The director Stanisław Wohl cast Emilia Krakowska, Elżbieta Kępińska, Zofia Kucówna and Ewa Wisniewska in the leading roles. Barbara Sass’ film is the third adaptation of Gojawiczyńska’s novel. Read More »

Andrzej Baranski – Pare osób, maly czas (2005)

The friendship of the eccentric poet Miron Białoszewski and the blind Jadwiga Stańczakowa changes the lives of both heroes. In the leading roles, Krystyna Janda and Andrzej Hudziak. Read More »

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 »