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Films From Poland

The silence is that kept by an old priest. The film is set in a small Polish town suffering ibe immediate pri­vations of the aftermath of the war. A rebellious young teenager taunts and abuses the old priest: then, the following day, has an accident. The village people turn against him in their ... Read more
A few years back, Poland led the Eastern European countries in forthright themes in films, but has, of late, mainly concentrated on large scale epics. This film marks a return to smaller themes, concentrating on a group of itinerant workers who are outspoken about the omnipresent Party. ... Set in ... Read more
A curious essay about the romantic musings of a young girl sitting alone in a vast empty arena waiting for her beloved. A new experimental film from Poland. ... Read more
Whatever became of Sisyphus? Perhaps this little film may suggest an answer through its allegorical account of a little man mounting a vast, monumental staircase. ... Read more
A documentary description of a steel factory at Nowa Huta near Crakow, made on the tenth anniversary of its foundation. ... Read more
Modern man is being inundated by an ever-growing flood of information, which threatens to engulf him. ... Read more
A group of American tourists visit a Russian-like Disneyland wherein they physically interact with the famous Odessa Steps sequence from Eisenstein's Battleship Potemkin. The scenes of tourists were shot and edited live, using a complex method of matting the videotape with film footage, there was ... Read more
This ornate period melodrama, set in Poland at the turn of the century, is based on a novel by Stefan Zeromski, author of 'Ashes'. A teenage girl, strictly brought up, confesses her sins and is warned by the priest against impure thoughts. Soon afterwards she falls in love with a young man who is ... Read more
The beautiful 22-year-old Eva is stuck in a go-nowhere job and the lout to whom she has become pregnant has left her. With few options open, she chooses to terminate the pregnancy. On her way to the clinic, Eva is mugged by a desperate junkie, Michal, who makes off with her money and thus directs ... Read more
Director Pacek gives a group of pre-adolescents a quick lesson in filmmaking, then hands over the camera. The group's ensuing rampage and street savvy antics are captured with compelling naturalism yielding some chilling images of childhood in poor, suburban Warsaw. ... Read more
“A small gemstone that glistens in the memory long after the lights come up.” - Hollywood Reporter ... The story of a middle-aged woman finding sexual reawakening with a young man after losing her sons during the war is intermingled with an affecting exploration of the nature of loss and grief ... Read more
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Krzysztof Zanussi's film explores an area of contemporary family and sexual life that has been opened up by Bergman's Scenes from a Marriage. Marta is forty, married with a son, and quietly unhappy with it all. Her husband, a scientist, is faithful and dull; she begins to ponder whether her life ... Read more
Can somebody love a camel? This question, posed in a script written by a young Krzysztof Kieslowski, compelled renowned Polish actor/director Jerzy Stuhr to make a fable exploring just that. Abandoned by a departing circus troupe, the camel of Stuhr's film wanders into the home of a middle aged ... Read more
Shot in 1981, The Big Race was understandably shelved during martial law, being an extremely frank criticism of Communism in Poland in the early 50s. As scripted by Feliks Falk, it's a relentless and very witty catalogue of corruption, cosmetics and ineptitude. The scene is a Peace Run. Under ... Read more
A rat gnawing at the bars of a cage, frantically trying to cut through .. a pointed look at liberty (and its illusions). ... Read more
Zanussi's latest film is a departure for him in two ways. Firstly, it is a comedy, a lighter and more sprightly film that the intense dramas of conscience for which he is best known (Camouflage, Illumination, Family Life, Spiral, etc) Secondly, rather than focusing on one central character, it ... Read more
In a lonely part of the forest lives Matthew, cared for by Olga, his sister. He is a grown man, but as helpless as a child, alienated and alone. He takes work in an endeavour to make contact with others, but all his attempts fail. When a stranger enters their home, Matthew sees that he is about to ... Read more
One of the most ambitious, monumental and remarkable achievements of filmmaking of the past decade is The Decalogue, Kryzstof Kieslowski's adaption of the Ten Commandments. The project arrives with numerous prestigious international awards, including the inaugural European Film Prize and the jury ... Read more
Based on an ancient legend, this film is the ... story of a great dragon who preyed upon the ... people of Cracow. The king offered the hand ... of his daughter to anyone who could slay the ... dragon. A young cobbler from Cracow freed ... the city and the princess and her husband lived happily ... Read more
Inspired by the famous exhibition of photographs, "The Family of Man", the camera records the life of a peasant family during a working day. ... Read more
A black animated allegory about gratitude. ... Read more
The atrocities of the Bosnian war live on in the hearts and minds of those who survived, and those that took part. ... --- ... D Bartek Cierlica P Jacek Wosiewicz S Bartek Cierlica, Mojca Tir L Serbian w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2008 ... --- ... D Bartek Cierlica P Jacek Wosiewicz S Bartek ... Read more
In the style of popular woodcuts, this cartoon tells the story of Prot and Cyry!, and their wicked and quarrelsome wives. ... Read more
A black joke about a day that starts as any other. . . ... Read more
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