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Films From Pola

A gritty portrayal of a young Polish couple's lifestyle. An alarm clock heralds their shift work and their inability to spend time with one another ... Read more
Likes bees in a hive, people live in apartment houses. The ingenious shooting plan of the film removes walls at will and allows us to observe the lives of the inhabitants. ... Read more
Can a fly generate nuclear war? This psycho­analytic, political parable suggests it can. Around the domestic dinner table, during the soup course, sinister subterranean tensions - signalled by close ups of smacking lips, flashing eyes and tapping spoons - erupt into murderous host­ilities ... Read more
When a little boy is in love with a little girl, what better present could he make than a bird out of newspaper? But a cat interrupts the festivities and the bird takes flight.... ... Read more
With the playful combination of 3,500 images taken on separate pinhole cameras and a dissonantly commanding soundtrack, A Man That Sink His Head manages to dive onto the screen with an irrepressibly rhythmic charm. ... Read more
Set in contemporary Poland, this is the story of a thirteen-year-old boy who attempts to hide the fact that his father beats him. Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Film. ... Read more
The adventures of the owners of a new book, shown on nine screens simultaneously ... Read more
The viewpoint of the workmen is taken in this ... short, lyrical study of the sights and sounds associated with the building and launching of a great ship. Grand Prix at Leipzig, 1961. ... Read more
Fourteen-year-old Maurice likes filming his family with an old super 8mm camera: his sick father his stressed mother and his younger brother Casper. But while he's documenting the everyday, he's quietly aware how sick his father actually is. ... Read more
A Slip-Up bears a number of resemblances to Le Depart (1967), and the reason for this is probably the involvement of Jerzy Skolimowski in the two films. He was director on the latter film, and he has written the screenplay for the former which is directed by Jan Lomnicki. ... Following an affair ... Read more
A visual joke about the relativity of seeing and feeling. ... Read more
An untrained child is very sensitive to all sorts of sounds of the world. Here we see an attempt to transmute the sound impressions of the child to music, and this is the main motif which permits us to accompany a little girl on her walk along the streets of the old town - the most beautiful Warsaw ... Read more
A surrealistic joke about two people quarrelling, in which stilis of actors appear against an animated background. ... Read more
A rescue team manages to reach the spot where a wounded mountain climber is lying, and after a hard struggle with various obstacles, the rescuers take the wounded man down to the valley. The film was given an Award at the International Festival of Tourist and Folklore Films in Brussels. ... Read more
The most controversial film of Cannes 2009. The latest feature from Lars von Trier (Dancer in the Dark, Breaking the Waves) is a harrowing depiction of marital breakdown starring a grieving couple, Willem Dafoe and Charlotte Gainsbourg (who won Cannes's best actress award for her harrowing ... Read more
In this startling piece, a boy - a self-proclaimed demon - terrorises and thrills his friends, always taking things a step too far. Eventually the children are whipped into an uncontrollable frenzy by him and events grow dangerously out of control. Screened at Telluride and Rotterdam. ... Read more
There is another form of archaeology: digging up the recent past. This film is a concise account of some Polish excavations on the site of the gas chamber at Auschwitz. ... Read more
An unknown virus has destroyed almost the entire human population. Oblivious to the true nature of the disease; the only remaining survivors escape to the sea. In great ships; they set off in search of uninhabited land. So begins the exodus; led by one man ... ... D/S Grzegorz Jokajtys P Marcin ... Read more
We see the outlines of figures from the Stone Age, carved on rocks. These are battle scenes. The figures begin to move and the movement turns into a fierce battle... ... This is an experimental film picturing the develop­ment of weapons of total destruction, beginning with the prehistoric age ... Read more
Avalon is an illegal and potentially lethal computer game - a battlefield simulation where players win money to support themselves in a cold, dystopic future. Ash has reached the exalted warrior class with aspirations to penetrate the much rumoured 'Class: Special A' level where players eliminate ... Read more
A banquet comes to an unexpected climax. ... Read more
”The moment I accepted the scholarship, I sold myself to the Government - lock, stock and barrel . . . ! And so now I may just as well sell myself to anyone I choose . . . !" These are the first words of the film &ndash a young man suddenly decides to leave behind everything he has been living by ... Read more
"The moment I accepted the scholar­ship, I sold myself to the Government — lock, stock and barrel . . .! And so now I may just as well sell myself to anyone I choose . . .!" These are the first words of the film — a young man suddenly decides to leave behind everything he has been ... Read more
The film is a trilogy of stories concerning ihe Second World War in Poland. Unlike many war films, this one deals in no heroics, but shows the war from the viewpoint of the children of Poland who found themselves involved in events beyond their understanding. ... "On the Road," the first story, is ... Read more
'When Krzysztof Kieslowski finished the film in 1982, the curtain of martial law had already descended on Poland - so Blind Chance was immediately resigned to the shelves for the duration. ... The story is constructed on three possible episodes in the life of young Witek, beginning with a train he ... Read more
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