• Wojciech Has – Pismak AKA Write and Fight (1985)

    1981-1990DramaPolandWojciech Has

    Set during the World War I in a prison cell. A newspaper satirist, a safecracker and a clerical murderer have been loaded into a common cell until the investigation into their supposed crimes has been finished. The journalist takes copious notes on the situation hoping to publish them later as a novel. The writer catches typhus and in his feverish delirium is no longer able to distinguish between the reality and fantasy of his writing.Read More »

  • Lech Majewski – Rycerz AKA The Knight (1980)

    1971-1980DramaLech MajewskiPoland

    THE KNIGHT (RYCERZ), 1980. Poland.
    With Piotr Skarga, Daniel Olbrychski. A haunting, austere ballad about a knight’s quest for a gold-stringed harp whose sound is said to bring peace and harmony. The film’s imagery is inspired by medieval icons. 81 min.

    New York Film Festival
    London Film Festival
    Los Angeles Film FestivalRead 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 »

  • Bohdan Kosinski – Bieg AKA The Race (1969)

    1961-1970Bohdan KosińskiExperimentalPolandShort Film

    The race does not begin at the start line, it does not end at the finish line either. The camera observes the participants of the Polish 4×100 metres relay team, getting ready for the race and slowing down after the finish line. The competition would not exist without the following stages: mobilization, full of anxiety, and composure of the red-hot organism. Interestingly enough, they are observed really rarely. “Bieg” is a film directed by Bohdan Kosiński, a classic of the Polish school of documentary. Kosiński was associated with the Documentary Film Studios, he began his professional career with the so-called black series (“Miasto na wyspach”, 1958). Read More »

  • Andrzej Wajda – Polowanie na muchy AKA Hunting Flies (1969)

    1961-1970Andrzej WajdaComedyPoland

    The authors decidedly refute the myth of the woman – guardian of the hearth. Their heroine is a modern and an energetic girl who demands her partners to be successful in every field. A beginning writer and translator, running from his wife and mother-in-law, falls into her trap. What happens to a sensitive man in an encounter with overwhelming female force?Read More »

  • Unknown – Przed Bitwa o Warszawe AKA Before the Battle of Warsaw (1945)

    ?1941-1950DocumentaryPolandShort Film

    One of the few examples of Polish film production of the operation of entering Warsaw by the Soviet troops (with the Polish Army units)

    This short film depicting Bolesław Bierut and Michał Rol-Żymierski visiting the troops of the 1st Polish Army was produced by the Polish Army Film StudioRead More »

  • Mieczyslaw Krawicz – Jadzia (1936)

    1931-1940ComedyMieczyslaw KrawiczPolandRomance

    Two rival sports equipment companies and their heirs, Jadzia and Jan, whose meeting will become a source of funny misunderstandings.

    In 1936 “Wiadomości Filmowe” published an enthusiastic review of the comedy:

    “There is no doubt that the producers of the new Polish film with Jadwiga Smosarska in the lead role were the main actors of the comedy. “Jadzia” was a good fit with the tone and taste of the broadest layers of Polish film lovers. However, this picture, with its excellent screenplay design, is kept unpretentious in its unpretentious form with praiseworthy simplicity. The main goal of the producers, i.e. the scriptwriters, and especially director Mieczysław Krawicz, was for the audience to have a good time. And he achieved his goal”.Read More »

  • Janusz Morgenstern – Trzeba zabic te milosc AKA To Kill This Love (1972)

    1971-1980DramaJanusz MorgensternPoland

    Warsaw, the start of the 1970s. Two young people in love, Magda and Andrzej, are struggling not only with financial and housing problems but also with their feelings for each other. Their love is tested when confronted with the cynicism not only of older people but also of Andrzej, who plays according to the brutal rules of a game where nothing but money and connections matters, even though he believes he’s doing it in order to salvage his relationship with Magda.Read More »

  • Jerzy Skolimowski – Eo (2022)

    2021-2030ArthouseDramaJerzy SkolimowskiPoland

    The world is a mysterious place when seen through the eyes of an animal. EO, a grey donkey with melancholic eyes, meets good and bad people on his life’s path, experiences joy and pain, endures the wheel of fortune randomly turn his luck into disaster and his despair into unexpected bliss. But not even for a moment does he lose his innocence.Read More »

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