Browsing: Cinema

We are talking with Karolina Bielawska, the director of a documentary entitled Mów mi Marianna (Call me Marianna) – the film about a woman who made a dramatic choice between living in harmony with her sexual identity and being with her family. It has been widely recognised and received numerous awards at international festivals. This week the audience at the 5th Play Poland Film Festival will have a chance to see it.

The widely acknowledged documentary “Call me Marianna” by filmmaker Karolina Bielawska is, on the one hand, a strong statement on the controversial and contemporary issue of the possibility to obtain a legal sex change, and on the other hand, a universal story about humanist values.

The Play Poland Film Festival is held under Link to Poland’s media patronage.

The premiere showing of the documentary “Karski & The Lords of Humanity” directed by Sławomir Grünberg was held on November 5 at Georgetown University. The event, attended by over 300 guests, was co-organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC.

On October 22, at the Edinburgh Filmhouse a cultural feast was held, organized by Polish Art Europe. It tried to satisfy an appetite for cultural experience with support of the most outstanding representatives of the Polish School of Posters.

The Play Poland Film Festival is held under Link to Poland’s media patronage.

The third edition of the Emigrant Film Festival EMIGRA has ended. Prizes and awards were given at the Orangery of the King Jan III Sobieski Palace in Wilanów. The Grand Prix at this year’s festival was awarded for Andrzej Papuzinski’s film Counterpoint (Kontrapunkt).

Nearly seventy years ago Capitan Witold Aleksander Herbst stood on the sidewalk of the Oxford Street with notably absent Polish troops at the London Victory Celebrations, marking the end of World War II. As a result of shifting political alliances, the contributions of Polish forces, which so valiantly fought under British command during the war, were sadly forgotten.  For one man among those wronged in 1946, the long-awaited recognition arrived on a warm October evening at the Museum of Flight in Seattle, with a premiere of documentary film, “Spitfire Liberator: The Alex Herbst Story”. Dedicated to one of the last living pilots of the legendary 303 and 308 Polish Squadrons, Captain Alex Herbst, who was shot down three times but even mistakenly thought to have been killed in action, the film is the result of several years of work.

It has been thought that the film should be in the form of a feature presentation, with a duration of approximately one and a half hours. Such an attitude is often represented by viewers when choosing the direction of their focus. However, it is vital that we pay extra attention to the screenings of short films as what is often invigorating for Polish cinema is expressed precisely in a shorter form.

Since 2011, autumn becomes the background for the biggest Polish cinema event abroad – Play Poland Film Festival. This year, the festival begins on 15 October. Until the end of November, dozens of screenings, exhibitions and accompanying events will be held. What makes them worth penciling into your calendar?

The event is held under Link to Poland’s media patronage.

International film festivals, frequented by representatives of the entertainment industry and audiences looking for exhilarating audio-visual experience, have long played an important role not only in promoting the art of film itself, but also in supporting filmmakers and their projects. The importance of this influence cannot be overstated, particularly in today’s world, where films are consumed on a massive scale and through a great abundance of media. Camerimage festival organizers have been well aware of this from the very beginning, striving to gradually develop a globally recognized brand synonymous with cinematic quality and uncompromising integrity.