Tag Archives: Polish

Marcin Wrona – Czlowiek magnes AKA Magnet Man (2001)

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The film is inspired by the director’s unusual family history, which evokes childhood memories marked by specific relationships with parents.

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A true story about the filmmaker’s father, a mesmerist, exorcist, and healer who can help everyone but himself. Told from the point of view of his young son (the filmmaker as a boy), who both adores and abhors his father. Marcin Wrona uses a visually energetic collage technique to create what he calls “tragicomic kitsch,” one with a fantastical sense of Monty Python about it, like a missing Terry Gilliam project. Read More »

Marek Piestrak – Klatwa Doliny Wezy AKA Curse of Snakes Valley (1987)

An ex marine (Traven), a Polish professor (Tarnas) and a French journalist (Christine) are on the hunt for a treasure in this great Polish b-movie flick. Actually most of the contemporary Polish movies suck. But this one sucks so bad, that it’s enjoyable. You’ve got all the possible cliches here, plus cheesy stop-motion special effects, plus cheesy dialogues, plus nice landscapes, plus nice cast with some big names (Roman Wilhelmi, Leon Niemczyk and recently deceased Ewa Salacka). Polish-Soviet production, shot in Viet Nam/Paris. If you wet your pants watching the Nazis in the first Indiana Jones, who melted after opening the Ark, grab this one. Read More »

Krzysztof Zanussi – Serce na dloni aka And A Warm Heart (2008)

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In this moral fable from Poland, Konstanty (Bohdan Stupka) is a wealthy and amoral man who has made his fortune running a chain of supermarkets and has both the bank account and the lack of conscience to do anything he wants. One of Konstanty’s many employees is Stefan (Marek Kudelko), a kind and generous young man who runs a cash register at one of his markets. Stefan loses his job when a manager discovers he’s been undercharging groceries for senior citizens who can’t afford them; adding insult to injury, a few hours later Stefan loses both his girlfriend (Marta Zmuda-Trzebiatowska) and his flat. Falling into a deep depression, Stefan tries to kill himself, and is taken to the emergency room around the same time Konstanty is admitted to the hospital following a sudden heart attack. Read More »

Jerzy Stuhr – Duze zwierze AKA Big Animal (2000)

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Mr. Zygmunt Sawicki is a bank employee, who finds a camel in his yard one day. He decides to take charge of it and he and his wife Marysia take care of it. However, problems arise for both his fellow town-dwellers and the local authorities. Read More »

Stanislaw Bareja – Brunet wieczorowa pora AKA Brunet Will Call (1976)

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Modest editor, has shipped his wife and kids for the weekend, and is trying to relax in his house at the outskirts of Warsaw. His quiet evening is only disturbed by the accidental forecast made by a Gypsy woman, that at evening time he will murder a mysterious brunet. Read More »

Stanislaw Bareja – Poszukiwany, poszukiwana AKA Man – Woman Wanted (1973)

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Stanisław, a worker at an art museum in Warsaw, is accused of stealing a painting from the store room. His boss gives Stanisław a 24-hour deadline to return it, or face a jail sentence. Since he does not possess the painting, he decides to go into hiding – by dressing up as a woman, Maria. He gets a job as housemaid – despite knowing little about cleaning a house – but a succession of amorous husbands, difficult children, and eccentric bosses drives him from one job to the next. The film, a nudge at Polish society in communist times, is a tragic-comedic reminder of what it was like to live in those times. Read More »

Andrzej Zakrzewski – Szach i mat! (1967)

Short polish TV film made in 1967 by Andrzej Zakrzewski upon the story of Ludwik Niemojski of the same title. It was a part of the “Opowiesci niezwykle” (Incredible Stories).
It tells a story of Bartolomeo, brilliant chess player, who had ruined his private life because of his passion for chess. Read More »