2014 was a big year for Polish film and then Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida won the Oscar for the best foreign film and now the spotlight is rightly focused Polish cinema.
Kinoteka – the 13th Polish Film Festival is coming to London and from the 8 April until 29 May will be made up of new releases, retrospective of Masterpieces of Polish Cinema personally chosen by Martin Scorsese, talks one of which is to be at the Frontline Club, masterclasses to be held at the BFI as well as performance art at various London venues. However, certain screenings will also happen at the Edinburgh Filmhouse.
Last night BRWC was invited to the press launch and given an exclusive look at the programme of events. There is so much choice and everything looks good. However, I know that I’m looking forward to seeing Citizen directed by Jerzy Stuhr. A screening of the latest film, Foreign Body, by a titan of Polish cinema Zanussi who will also be present on 12 April after the screening at the ICA to do a Q&A. There are two Oscar nominated documentaries included in the programme and a retrospective look at Pawlikowski’s early documentaries before his foray into feature films that are also on my list of must sees. If I’m lucky enough to secure a seat I will certainly be heading to the BFI masterclass with Slawomir Idziak acclaimed cinematographer whose work on a variety of productions (Black Hawk Down and Harry Potter) but it’s his work on Three Colours: Blue that has stayed me with me years later. The cinematography transported me and provided another dimension to the narrative aside from Juliette Binoche’s astounding portrayal of a woman in the midst of grief.
For more details of the various screenings and events included in the festival see: www.kinoteka.org.uk
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