Official program of the 33rd Polish Film Festival in America is announced. This attractive line-up includes over 50 feature films, documentary films and animations.
The Opening Night film is BACK THEN (ZUPA NIC), a hilarious comedy by Kinga Debska about times of the Communist Poland starring Kinga Preis, Adam Woronowicz, Ewa Wisniewska (Saturday, 11/6 8:00 PM., AMC Village Crossing 18). For the Official Closing Night, a drama by Jan P. Matuszynski LEAVE NO TRACES (ZEBY NIE BYLO SLADOW) has been selected; the movie is Polish entry for the Academy Awards this year, and the cast includes best Polish film actors: Tomasz Zietek, Sandra Korzeniak, Agnieszka Grochowska, Robert Wieckiewicz, Tomasz Kot (Sunday, 11/21 3:00 PM., AMC Village Crossing 18)
Among many splendid feature selections are: 25 YEARS OF INNOCENCE, inundated with awards film by Jan Holoubek based on shocking facts; the best Polish film of 2020, KILL IT AND LEAVE THIS TOWN by Mariusz Wilczynski; pre-premiered FOR NOW, FOR EVER by Piotr Trzaskalski; touching modern drama THE TENANT by Michal Otlowski; comedy/western genre film MAGNESIUM by Maciej Bochniak; CUDAK by Anna Kazejak on Poles saving Jews in WWII; recently premiered in Toronto SILENT LAND, a debut film by Agnieszka Woszczynska; interesting costume piece THE CONTRACT by Bruno Brejt.
In documentary film section you must watch premiere screenings of HERBERT. BARBARIAN IN THE GARDEN by Rafael Lewandowski, intimate portrait of great contemporary Polish poet; sensational DON STANISLAO. THE OTHER FACE OF CARDINAL DZIWISZ by Marcin Gutowski uncovering infamous role of John Paul II’s right hand in His pontificate; KRAFFTOWNA. AN ACTRESS IN WONDERLAND by Maciej Kowalewski and Piotr Konstantinow, an homage to one of the most legendary Polish actors; poignant LONG DAY TOMORROW by Pawel Wysoczanski who will meet the audiences; FOR GOLD. STORY OF WLADYSLAW KOZAKIEWICZ by Ksawery Szczepanik on unknown facts of life and career of Polish Olympic champion; TALKING HEADS by Jan P. Matuszynski which refers to a famous film by Krzysztof Kieslowski; and ORDINARY COUNTRY by Tomasz Wolski who depicts white-black everyday reality of Poland under the communism. A spotlight of this program are films from extraordinary series “Geniuses and Dreamers” about often barely recognized Polish inventors, creators and discoverers who impacted the world history.
Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Tod Lending will introduce and take part in Q&A following showing of his new SAUL AND RUBY. HOLOCAUST SURVIVERS BAND among a band of 90-year-old Jewish artists of Polish decent who survived Nazi concentration camps. They collect funding by playing concerts for a trip to Warsaw and play in former Ghetto to huge enthusiastic crowds.
Out of animated films, there is a must-see series of short films based on TALES FROM LAILONIA KINGDOM by Leszek Kolakowski from TV Animated Film Studio in Poznan, five works of masters of Polish animation.
A Polish classic BAD LUCK (1960) by Andrzej Munk, one of the best comedies in Polish Cinema will be presented after its digital reconstruction. Main protagonist is played by Bogumil Kobiela which is one of the most famous roles in Polish film. Digital reconstruction took many years to complete.
At a popular request, two winning films of the 2020 PFFA edition are showed: ICARUS by Maciej Pieprzyca (Golden Teeth of Camera for the Best Feature Film) and THE PORTRAIT OF THE PAST 1920 by Robert Wichrowski (Golden Teeth Award for the Best Documentary Film), comprising incredible archival material, the film unavailable for showing last year due to theatres’ closures by the State of Illinois.
Program is a subject to change without a prior notice.
All invitations, festival passes, and tickets are already on sale. Passes for 7 selected films cost $ 85.00 and can be purchased HERE (a pass does not include Opening & Closing Nights as well as Special Screenings in the Copernicus Center). Tickets and Passes are available online at www.pffamerica.com or by phone at 773-486-9612.
2021 PFFA takes place in three main locations: AMC Village Crossing 18 (7000 N. Carpenter St. by Central Ave., Skokie), Copernicus Center (5216 W. Lawrence Ave. by I-94, Chicago), Gallery Theatre (1112 Milwaukee Ave., Chicago).
The 33rd Polish Film Festival in America is possible thanks to a generous support from the Ministry of Culture, National Heritage and Sport of the Republic of Poland, Polish Film Institute, Star-Tech Glass, Inc., Hilton Hotels, Copernicus Foundation, Society for Arts, and numerous other prestigious individual and corporate donors.
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