35th Polish Film Festival in America Program Is Announced! Tickets Are on Sale Now
Saturday, November 4 – Sunday, November 19, 2023
The 35th edition of Polish Film Festival in America (PFFA), the world’s most extensive showcase of Polish film and the largest annual Polish cultural event outside of Poland, will take place from Saturday, November 4 to Sunday, November 19, 2023, in three prominent venues in the Chicagoland.
The Official Program and schedule of screenings is announced, and can be found HERE. The program comprises of over fifty feature, documentary and animated films. Among them are the most recent pictures by masters of European cinema: GREEN BORDER by A. Holland, STRAWMAN by R. Glinski, THE SECRET OF LITTLE ROSE by J. Kidawa-Blonski as well as excellent debut films: DAD by A. Maliszewska, HUNTING by P. Chmielewski, DANGEROUS GENTLEMEN by M. Kawalski or HIDDEN NETWORK by P. Adamski. In addition, some long-awaited films by prominent filmmakers, many of which have been already internationally awarded should find passionate viewers: FEAST OF FIRE by K. Debska, FILIP by M. Kwiecinski. IMAGO by O. Chajdas, APOKAWIXA by X. Zulawski. In a section of documentary films one cannot miss FLEDGLINGS by L. Duda, THE PAWNSHOP by L. Kowalski, PHENOMENON by M. Kowalczyk, THE STORY OF ONE CRIME by M. Pilis, SILENT LOVE by M. Kozakiewicz, or ALWAYS FRESH MONEY by K. Talczewski.
One of gems in the program will be a retrospective of the best prewar comedies by Michal Waszynski, acclaimed director of ‘Dybbuk’ and the most prolific Polish prewar filmmaker. DADDY GETS MARRIED, ABC OF LOVE, 12 CHAIRS, DODEK AT WAR have been brilliantly restored digitally for this occassion by FINA, The National Film Archives. The accompanying photo exhibition co-organized by FINA is on view for a duration of the festival at the Society for Arts. Outstanding prewar Polish shorts will precede the feature films.
The PFFA program is a subject to change without a prior notice. There still may be late additions to the official line-up.
The Official VIP Opening Night Gala Screening is scheduled for Saturday, November 4, 2023 at 8:00 P.M. in AMC NewCity 14 (1500 North Clybourn Ave. by North Ave. in Lincoln Park, Chicago). Parking is discounted with validation. The Opening Night Gala Reception (full bar included) with stars of Polish film in attendance will proceed the screening from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. at the Society for Arts (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago). Free parking is limited. Outstanding local musicians will perform. Invitation to both events is $88.00 and can be purchased [HERE]. Number of invitations for sale is very limited.
The Closing Night Gala and Award Ceremony will take place in the same auditorium on Sunday, November 19 at 3:00 P.M. Invitation costs $35.00 and can be purchased [HERE].
In addition to AMC NewCity 14, regular PFFA screenings will be held in well-known AMC Village Crossing 18 (7000 N. Carpenter Ave. by Central Ave., Skokie), and Gallery Theatre (1112 N. Milwaukee Ave., Chicago), the festival’s primary location for showings of documentary films. The luxury screening place also hosts art gallery. The theatres offer a free parking.
Most popular among PFFA audiences Festival Pass valid for seven individually selected films in any theatre provides substantial savings compared to buying single tickets. Its price is $88.00 and is available for purchase [HERE].
The 35th Polish Film Festival in America is organized by The Society for Arts, a non for profit 501 c (3) organization. Major sponsors are Star-Tech Glass, Polish Film Institute, Chicago Tribune.
All donations to PFFA are tax-exempt.
*The films presented in the PFFA program represent trends in a contemporay Polish cinema and do not reflect any views or opinions of the organizers