KINOPOLIS Polish Film Festival, the longest-running and largest Polish film festival in Ireland, returns for its 8th edition to the Irish Film Institute with some of the best Polish productions. The festival takes place from 5 – 9 November and will be showing 12 contemporary titles, cult animations, a mini-poster gallery in Filmbase and Q&As with world- renowned animator Piotr Dumała and award-winning film director Andrzej Jakimowski.
Venue: The Irish Film Institute (IFI), Screen 2, 6 Eustace St, Temple Bar, Dublin
Dates: 5-9 November 2013
Tickets: from €5.90 – €10
‘When I think of Polish cinema, I think of passion, tradition and craft.’ Tamsin Lyons, Producer & Owner at Ink and Light Studio
KINOPOLIS 2013 showcases productions which tackle every-day struggles of contemporary Poles such as self-defining personal identity and sex orientation or fighting with and winning over physical impairements. Poland is undergoing much sociocultural changes at present, and budding filmmakers have utilised this shift to analyse and redefine the make-up of modern Poles in their work, along with adopting the themes of Western liberalism, traditions of religious obedience and unspoken taboos.
This year’s festival opens with ‘Imagine’ by Andrzej Jakimowski, starring Edward Hogg (‘White Lightnin’ (2209), ‘Bunny and the Bull’ (2009)) and Alexandra Maria Lara (‘The Reader’ (2008), ‘Rush’ (2013)) an inspirational love story set in Portugal. Jakimowski beautifully captures the sensual chemistry of two people with visual impairment, in a search of happiness. The film has received Best Director and Audience Award at the Warsaw Film Festival (2012). After the screening the audience will have a chance to see behind the camera, in the company of the director himself during a Q&A session.
For more details, please visit www.kinopolis.com.pl and follow KINOPOLIS Polish Film Festival Dublin on Facebook and Twitter (@KINOPOLIS_PFF).
Since 2006, KINOPOLIS Polish Film Festival has been promoting the culture of one of the biggest minorities living in Ireland. It is directed towards Irish people and foreigners, including the Poles who, living abroad do not always have a chance to familiarise themselves with the most recent achievements of their native cinematography.
Andrzej Jakimowski is a Polish film director, writer and producer, best known for directing the films ‘Squint Your Eyes’ and ‘Tricks’.
Festival goers will also see ‘Olena’ by Elżbieta Benkowska, nominated to the Best Short Award at the Cannes International Film Fest, and ‘In the Name of’ by Małgorzata Szumowska who, having co-produced Lars von Trier’s ‘Antichrist’ (2009) and directed ‘Elles’ with Juliette Binoche (2011), focuses on the issue of homosexuality, confused emotions and loneliness. The animation segment brings Piotr Dumała retrospective populated with exclaimed classics such as Franz Kafka and Little Black Riding Hood. Dumała will also attend a special Q&A with Irish students of the Irish School of Animation at the BFCE. The 8th edition offers also an insight into Polish jazz scene with such movies like ‘Komeda, Komeda’ (2012) about the renowned Polish jazzman Krzysztof Komeda Trzciński who wrote the music for such films as Rosemary’s Baby by Roman Polański an Le Départ by Jerzy Skolimowski. Photography fans will be treated with ‘A Diary of Journey’, a film portrait of Tadeusz Rolke, Polish photography genius, whose works have been presented in prestigious galleries worldwide.
The full programme can be found below:
5th November, 8.45pm – ‘Imagine’ by Andrzej Jakimowski, w/ director Andrzej Jakimowski in attendance
6th November, 6.20pm – ‘Traffic Department’ by Wojciech Smarzowski
7th November, 6.30pm – ‘Women’s Day’ by Marysia Sadowska
7th November, 8.30pm – ‘Love’ by Filip Dzierżawski
8th November, 6.30pm – ‘In The Name Of’ by Małgorzata Szumowska
9th November, 12pm – Dreams and Nightmares / Animations by Piotr Dumała, Q & A with Piotr Dumała after ‘Komeda, Komeda’
‘Little Black Riding Hood’
‘The Gentle One’
‘Freedom of the Leg’
9th November, 12pm – ‘Komeda, Komeda’ by Natasza Ziółkowska – Kurczuk
9th November, 2.45pm – ‘Olena’ by Elżbieta Benkowska
9th November, 2.45pm – ‘A Diary Of A Journey’ by Piotr Stasik
The 8th edition is being co-financed by the Pomeranian Film Foundation, the Polish Embassy in Dublin and the Polish Film Institute, with support of Lycamobile and CRH. The festival is being supported by the IFI, Pegbar, ISA (BFCE), Dublin Community TV, Nasz Glos Polish Weekly Newspaper and Dublin City Council.