Marek Kondrat

  • Wojciech Marczewski – Dreszcze AKA Shivers (1981)

    1981-1990DramaPolandWojciech Marczewski

    Shives is a coming-of-age story set in the 1950s at a Stalinist youth camp. 13 year old Tomek is sent to a camp where he falls under the spell of a an idealistic but manipulative young woman. His captivation with this woman parallels his growing enchantment with Stalinist ideology, and Marczewski s film daringly explores themes of erotic and political fascinations, and of institutional indoctrination and manipulation.Read More »

  • Wladyslaw Pasikowski – Psy AKA Pigs (1992)

    1991-2000ActionCrimePolandWladyslaw Pasikowski

    Franz (B. Linda), a former officer of the Security Service disbanded in 1990, after verification, joins the police together with his colleagues. Abandoned by his wife, the daughter of a former deputy minister, he became bitter and distanced himself even more from women and the state. Working as a cop, attempts to stop a gang of car thieves lead to a tragedy, his colleagues die. Franz turns to his former Security Service friend for help. Soon, it turns out that Olo (M. Kondrat) most likely works for the criminals. The friends find themselves on opposite sides of the barricade, Franz’s young mistress crosses the line too. A cult film by Władysław Pasikowski, which met the expectations of the Polish audience and made Bogusław Linda, an outstanding actor of the cinema of moral anxiety, an icon of Polish cinema of the transformation period. Read More »

  • Janusz Majewski – Diabelska edukacja AKA Devilish Education (1995)

    1991-2000ArthouseJanusz MajewskiPolandShort Film

    Once upon a time, back at the turn of the century, the milkmaid Gosia is caring for her cows on an idyllic rural countryside. The afternoon is hot, so she bathes naked in the river. The next day, a stranger-in-black appears on the scene and shows her a painting he had done of her in the nude. Embarrassed, but hardly offended, she makes his acquaintance and is soon introduced to the secret pleasures of life: love-making, the beauty of art, the music of Mozart, the delights of the dining table. The meadow becomes a natural backdrop for her lessons in life’s mysteries, in contrast to the moral concerns of her mother, the puritanical ethics of the church, and the puzzling medical diagnosis of the country doctor. “Maybe it’s something the devil told her,” they conclude. (Ziegler Film)Read More »

  • Marek Koterski – Dzien Swira aka Day of the Wacko (2002)

    2001-2010ComedyDramaMarek KoterskiPoland

    24 hours in the bitter life of a frustrated divorced teacher who stays in the vicious circle of his numerous obsessions.

    Marta Jazowska for wrote:
    Afilm portraying the painstaking life of a 44 year literature professor with obsessive-compulsive behaviour. Divorced, pedantic and frustrated his life consists of a series of rituals performed around the simplest every tasks. Capturing his unbearable stagnation and anger, the film is about isolation and lonelinessRead More »

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

    2001-2010ComedyJuliusz MachulskiPoland

    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 »

  • Krzysztof Zanussi – Slaba wiara z cyklu ‘Opowiesci weekendowe’ AKA Weekend Stories: Little Faith (1997)

    1991-2000DramaKrzysztof ZanussiPolandTV

    A rational young man and his devoutly Catholic wife believe their sickly son may have leukemia. As they await further tests over a weekend they both struggle with a crisis of faith in both science and Catholicism.Read More »

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