The 7th Annual Polish Film Festival (8-11 November 2012, IFI, Dublin)
The IFI is once again collaborating with KINOPOLIS, Dublin’s 7th annual Polish Film Festival from 8-11 November with four days of screenings from one of Europe’s richest film cultures.
Opening on 8th November, the programme’s key strand focuses on ‘the dark side of the Polish soul’, as represented by the work of director Wojciech Smarzowski. The three films from Smarzowski Rose (2011), The Wedding (2004), and The Dark House (2009) portray the darker elements of the national psyche with vicious satire and an unflinching examination of the damage inflicted on Poland by its own people. The programme’s excellent Opening Film Rose, focusing on the little-known persecution of the Masurian people of north-eastern Poland, triumphed in a number of major categories at this year’s Polish Film Awards, including Best Film and Best Director.
The enviable history of Polish cinema is celebrated with films from Andrzej Wajda (Danton) and Filip Bajon (Aria for an Athlete), a tradition continued in the selection of new films such as The Mole and Black Thursday. Wajda’s Danton, set in the aftermath of the French Revolution, constructs a brilliant allegory of the political situation of 1980s Poland. Bajon’s Aria for an Athleteis a period biopic of legendary Polish wrestler Zbyszek Cyganiewicz that blends high and lowbrow elements to create an engrossing and enjoyable film.
The continuing strength of Polish animation is also showcased this year with a selection of internationally-garlanded short films that show the full range of techniques and voices currently at work in the field.
Special guests of the IFI and KINOPOLIS will this year include actors of the calibre of Marian Dziedziel (Rose), Arkadiusz Jakubik (The Dark House) and Wojciech Pszoniak(The Mole) who will all take part in Q&As after their respective films.
For full programme details, please see the Festival’s website (www.kinopolis.com.pl).
KINOPOLIS: 7thPolish Film Festival – A Schedule
Opening Film: Rose Nov 8th 18.30
Black Thursday Nov 9th 18.30
Polish Animation: Various Nov 10th12.00
The Wedding Nov 10th14.00
The Dark House Nov 10th16.00
Aria for an Athlete Nov 11th 12.00
Danton Nov 11th14.00
The Mole Nov 11th18.00
Tickets are available from Friday, 26th October online at www.ifi.ie, in person at the IFI Box Office or on 01 679 3477.