Tag Archives: Polish

Wladyslaw Slesicki – Ruchome piaski AKA Shifting Sands (1969)

Autotranslated from Filmpolski:
A lyrical story about a holiday adventure of a man camping with his son at a lake: the unexpected appearance of a girl shatters the previously carefree mood. Father and son are vacationing on a deserted beach. The appearance of the girl shatters their peace and harmony. The father becomes more and more interested and affectionate towards the girl.. Read More »

Kuba Czekaj – The Erlprince (2016)

A startling new vision of genius teenage angst.

The exceptionally gifted 15-year-old Staszek is about to start studying physics at a university specializing in the theory of parallel worlds. He has an extraordinary mind and a wounded soul, which his mother, who steers his life, seems incapable of healing. Then a Man appears in their lives and, as the Boy passes from the hands of the Mother into his care, a new order is established. Their torturous road forms a bond between the three central characters, but their shared happiness is not to last long. Read More »

Kuba Czekaj – Baby Bump (2015)

If Walt Disney, Todd Solondz, and David Lynch were to collaborate on a film, it might resemble Kuba Czekaj’s Baby Bump, a gruesome coming-of-age story that is never afraid to test the limits of cinema. Completely disregarded traditional filmmaking rules, the film finds its deranged cast interacting with its sarcastic quasi-narrator for a unique result.

It takes around ten minutes for Baby Bump to venture into immensely inappropriate territory, as a pre-teen girl offers to show a boy her “tits” in exchange for some marshmallows. The film only gets weirder and wilder from there, with Mickey House (Kacper Olszewski) trying and failing to grow up without horribly embarrassing himself. There isn’t much of a narrative. Instead, Baby Bump is comprised of a collection of somewhat intertwining scenes dealing with adolescence, body image, sexual identity, and mental health. Read More »

Jan Jakub Kolski – Jasminum (2006)

Minowo monastery is a modest place of poverty, yet full of magic. Five monks live here, three of them have qualities: each body radiates a different fruit.
One day, Natasha and five year old daughter Gienia visit the monastery. Natasha has a fix old painting talent. Little girl with one of the monks forged friendship. Monk quiet life becomes the girl’s curiosity and unrest.
This is a movie about love, full of sweet and fragrant … … Read More »

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

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

Marta Jazowska for culture.pl 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 loneliness Read More »

Krzysztof Kieslowski & Tomasz Zygadlo – Robotnicy 1971 – Nic o nas bez nas AKA Workers ’71: Nothing About Us Without Us (1971)

“We tried to draw a broad picture showing that the class which, theoretically at least, was said to be the ruling class, had somewhat different views from those which were printed on the front page of the Trybuna Ludu.”
— Krzysztof Kieslowski Read More »

Marek Piwowski – Rejs AKA The Cruise (1970)

Life in Poland is satirized in this standard comedy drama about a group of people who take a short cruise together, a brief vacation along a river before the demands of life and work are faced again. The wide mix of passengers goes from one end of the personality spectrum to the other, and the close quarters make mingling, talking, and interacting all the easier. Sight gags and sharp wit keep the cruise, and the comedy, rolling along at a good pace. Read More »