Polish Monthly Film Series

 

The Austin Public Library has partnered with the Austin Polish Society to present free screenings of Polish films on the first Sunday of each month at 3:30pm. All films have English subtitles and are open to the public.

2017

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February 5, Sunday at 3:30 pm

WHAT: “General Nil”, 2009, historical drama,English subtitles, 125 min.

WHERE: 5500 Manchaca Rd. Austin Public Library. Tel: 512-974-8700

WHEN: Sunday, February 5, 2017 at 3:30pm

COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Director: Ryszard Bugajski
Screenplay: Ryszard Bugajski, Krzysztof Łukaszewicz
Cinematography: Piotr Śliskowski
Music: Shane Harvey

Cast: Olgierd Lukaszewicz, Alicja Jachiewicz, Magdalena Emilianowicz, Anna Cieślak, Zbigniew Stryj, Jacek Rozenek, Maciej Radel, Krzysztof Franieczek, Maciej Mikołajczyk, Stefan Szmidt

Synopsis:
The story of Emil Fieldorf, known by the pseudonym Nil, a member of the Polish secret army during the Second World War. He planned the assassination of Nazi general Franc Kutchera. Arrested accidentally in March 1945, Fieldorf was exiled in the Ural Mountains and returned to Poland in 1947. Falsely accused by the communists, he was later sentenced to death and executed in 1953.

Excertps from a review on Culture.pl (by Konrad J. Zarębski)
This is how Bugajski explains why he has chosen to make a film about August Emil Fieldorf:
The film about Fieldorf is an attempt to remind or inform the wider audience that there was someone like that. One of the top commanders of the Home Army (AK), founder of Kedyw and of the organization NIE, he was murdered by the communist authorities and wiped out from Polish history. His role was not mentioned until 1989 – and, regrettably, the name Fieldorf still means nothing to lots of people.” (“Kino” no. 4/2009)
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Bugajski’s film focuses on the final period of General Fieldorf’s life, the time when he returns from exile and, realistic about the political situation, not only refuses to return to underground activity but also discloses his identity when amnesty is declared in expectation that the authorities will take note of his military status. However, the Security Office’s plans for him are different, and he is the only Home Army general in Poland to be made an offer to head a Security Office-controlled clandestine organization through which other resistance groups could be exposed. When Fieldorf refuses, he gets punished by incarceration in a water-flooded cell without a bed and a trial which defies the law and ends in a death sentence.

Bugajski’s film is, however, not so much about the workings of the Stalin regime as about the General himself. Although the way in which the screenplay shows Fieldorf was challenged by his family (and resulted in the credits saying “a film based on August Fieldorf’s biography”), you cannot deny this picture a credibility. After all, thousands of people took the same ‘wait-and-see’ approach when the war had ended. But more important is compelling acting by Olgierd Łukaszewicz, whose ‘Nil’, who seems like a man from a different world in the harsh post-war realities, has no intention of giving up the principles which have shaped him.
“What intrigued me about Nil”, says Olgierd Łukaszewicz, “was why someone so aware and so afflicted by the Soviet Union did not escape to the West. The screenplay has a scene with Major Bajer, who had worked with Nil and who asks him after the war what he would be doing now. The answer is: I will have a piece of cake and a coffee. To me, this was the key. This simple answer contains a possibility of suicide. To maintain a certain image, Fieldorf did take such a sacrifice into account. His commitments to his next of kin as well as his former reports make him face all this. Not only was the world around him changing, but all values burst, too. In General Nil’s case one talk about a kind of a self-immolation” (from the distributor’s materials).

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March 5, Sunday at 3:30 pm

WHAT: My Father’s Bike, 2012 ‧ Drama film/Comedy ‧ 1hr 34 min – English subtitles.

WHERE: Austin Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745, Tel: 512-974-8700

WHEN: Sunday, March 5 at 3:30

COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

Director: Piotr Trzaskalski
Screenwriters: Wojciech Lepianka, Piotr Trzaskalski
Director of photography: Piotr Śliskowski
Music: Przemysław Stangierski, Wojciech Lemański

Cast: Artur Żmijewski, Michał Urbaniak, Krzysztof Chodorowski, Anna Nehrebecka, Witold Dębicki

Trailer (subtitled)

Synopsis:
My Father’s Bike centers on three men from the same family: the grandfather (played by a Polish jazz luminary, Michał Urbaniak), his son and grandson. Their relationship isn’t harmonious to say the least. The three men, who haven’t seen each other for years, have to meet and learn how to communicate again. There is pain, tenderness, misunderstandings, humor, and love. And passion for music that both divides and bonds them.

Excerpts from the review on culture.pl:
http://culture.pl/en/work/my-fathers-bike-piotr-trzaskalski

“The three men are unaware of how similar they are. What angers each in the attitude and behavior of the others sheds light on issues they face with themselves. They make the same mistakes and are unable to show empathy, understanding and sensitivity.”

“One of many issues dividing Włodek and Paweł is music, and it also brings them together. “Music is the food of family-bonding,” as the critic Young writes in the Hollywood Reporter. Paweł performs in the world’s prestigious music halls as a distinguished pianist, Włodek on the other hand, used to perform as a clarinetist. They disagree on their approaches to art. For Paweł, music halls are temples and music a mystery for the chosen few. Włodek stands up for egalitarianism and for playing to bring joy to people. In the final scene, Paweł starts believing his father was right all along. Włodek is fascinated by jazz, and is played by the legendary jazzman Michał Urbaniak .”

Urbaniak, the jazz star, said during the Tofifest Festival that, “For many months after the filming I couldn’t stop being Włodek. To find myself again, I had to reach for the help of a psychiatrist.”

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April 2, Sunday at 3:30 pm

WHAT: To Kill a Beaver / Zabić bobra, 2012 – thriller, 1 hr 38 min – English subtitles.

WHERE: Austin Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745, Tel: 512-974-8700

WHEN: Sunday, April 2 at 3:30 pm

COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

We have presented several films by Jan Jakub Kolski at the monthly screenings, the APFF, or both. You may remember “Jasminum”, “Pornography”,and “Venice”. We hope you can join us for the April screening on Sunday for his 2012 award winning thriller, “To Kill a Beaver”.


Director: Jan Jakub Kolski
Screenwriters: Jan Jakub Kolski
Director of photography: Michał Pakulski
Music: Dariusz Górniok

Cast: Eryk Lubos, Agnieszka Pawelkiewicz, Alexandra Michael , and others.

Trailer (subtitled)

Synopsis
A man returns home after a long time. The house is in a bad shape, ruined with graffiti on walls, but it doesn’t stop him from staying in. The man has an aim that requires complex preparations. The house has however already a new inhabitants that start to influence the man’s performance and to mingle with silhouettes from the character’s recent past, spent at the Central Asia border. Are the war prolonged tension and the man’s shattered emotionality possible to overcome, so that he may really re-locate in a peaceful surroundings of his home-village?

Reviews:
http://www.film-intel.com/2013/04/biff-2013-to-kill-beaver-cinema-review.html
http://www.the-totality.com/2013/04/biff-film-review-to-kill-beaver-zabic.html

Awards
• Camerimage 2012 – Golden Frog for best Polish film to Jan Jakub Kolski (director) and Michal Pakulski (cinematographer)
• Karlovy Vary International Film Festival 2012 – best actor for Eryk Lubos.

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May 7, Sunday at 3:30 pm

WHAT: Odd One Out / Nie ten czlowiek, 2010, comedy – 1 hr 28 min – English subtitles.

WHERE:  Austin Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745, Tel: 512-974-8700

WHEN: Sunday, May 7 at 3:30 pm

COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

Joins us for a comedy – a crazy, surreal story – with a truly great cast.

Director: Pawel Wendorff
Screenwriters: Pawel Wendorff, Piotr Chrzan
Director of photography: Pawel Wendorff
Music: Zygmunt Konieczny

Cast: Piotr Adamczyk, Jan Frycz, Wojciech Pszoniak, Kinga Preis, Lesław Żurek, Krzysztof Globisz and Jacek Braciak

Trailer (subtitles)

Synopsis:
Wendorff’s film “Odd One Out,” is a kaleidoscopic narrative revolving around a man who lands his first job as a delivery driver and inadvertently becomes a witness to a traffic accident. When he gives his statement at the police station, he finds himself suddenly entangled in a surreal web of intrigue. The movie has a quality of paradox and absurdity characteristic of the great tradition of literature from countries where oppressive bureaucracies assume the visage of labyrinthine nightmares.

Reviews:
http://culture.pl/en/event/odd-one-out-another-polish-film-garners-international-awards

Awards
2012 Long Island International Film Festival – Best Feature Film
2011 Columbia Gorge International Film Festival – Best Foreign Film
2011 World Music and Independent Film Festival, Washington – Best Director / Feature film

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June 4, Sunday at 3:30 pm

WHAT: One Way Ticket To the Moon / Bilet na ksiezyc, 2013 – comedy, period drama, 120 min – English subtitles

WHERE(different location!) Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX, 78756, tel: 512-974-8820

WHEN: Sunday, June 4 at 3:30pm

COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

Director: Jacek Bromski
Screenwriter: Jacek Bromski
Director of photography: Michał Englert
Music: Luděk Dřízhal, Aaron Frescas, Spencer Gibb

Synopsis
One Way Ticket to the Moon is a coming of age road film set in 1969, the year when Neil Armstrong landed on the moon. The script follows the cross-country trip taken by two brothers – the younger getting ready to join the army and the older trying to prepare him for the rough life ahead. While they travel they meet old friends and make new acquaintances, resulting in a comic story set in the reality of the communist People’s Republic of Poland. In the last phase, Bromski ‘s light-hearted comedy shifts into a melodramatic hostage caper in edgy Berlin, in a bizarre, but true-story ending.

Trailer (subtitled)

Awards
2013 – Best Screenplay at Gdynia Film Festival
2013 – Project London Award for the film with the largest potential for distribution in Great Britain and Ireland
2014 – Best Director at the Tiburon International Film Festival
2014 – Audience Award at the Toronto Polish Film Festival

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July 2, Sunday, at 3:30 pm

WHAT: The Quack / Znachor, 1982 – melodrama, 128 min., English subtitles.

WHERE(different location!) Yarborough Branch of the Austin Public Library, 2200 Hancock Dr., Austin, TX, 78756, tel: 512-974-8820

WHEN: Sunday, July 2 at 3:30pm

COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@gmail.com

Director: Jerzy Hoffman
Screenwriter: Jerzy Hoffman, Jacek Fuksiewicz
Director of photography: Jerzy Gościk
Music: Piotr Marczewski

Cast: Jerzy Bińczycki, Anna Dymna, Tomasz Stockinger, Bernard Ładysz, Artur Barciś, and others.

Synopsis

Abandoned by his wife and daughter, a famous surgeon drowns his despair in alcohol walking from one bar to another. Attacked and robbed, he sustains serious injuries to his head and falls into an amnesia. He does not remember who he is, wanders from place to place. His medical knowledge becomes useful again in different circumstances and he becomes a village healer.

“The Quack”, based on a novel by Dołęga-Mostowicz, is the second film adaptation of the story – the first with the same title was released in 1937.  This touching story features some of the most wonderful Polish actors of the 20th century.

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August 6, Sunday at 3:30 pm

WHAT: AmbaSSada / EmbaSSy, 2013 – comedy, 1 hr 45 min., English subtitles.

WHERE: Austin Public Library, 5500 Manchaca Rd, Austin, TX 78745, Tel: 512-974-8700

WHEN: Sunday, August 6 at 3:30 pm

COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr  AT  gmail.com

Director & Writer: Juliusz Machulski
Director of photography: Witold Adamek
Music: Bartosz Chajdecki

Cast: Magdalena Grąziowska Bartosz Porczyk, Robert Więckiewicz, Ksawery Szlenkier, Adam Darski, Aleksandra Domańska, and others.

 

Synopsis:

Something silly to escape the heat outside – a Polish fantasy-comedy film involving time travel.

The whole story seems to start in August of 2012. A young married couple, Melania , an actress, and Przemek, a writer, house-sit a luxurious flat in a building situated in the heart of Warsaw’s finest district. Before the war, it had been the site of the German embassy. Soon strange things start to happen. They discover that the house’s main elevator not only transports people up and down the floors but also is a time machine between the 21st century and year 1939, just days before the outbreak of World War II. To their astonishment, they find an operating German Embassy and Nazi headquarters of August 1939. So, they decide to change the course of history and prevent Germany from attacking Poland.

Trailer (in Polish)

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2016 Austin Polish Society Film Series
 

January| February| March| April| May| June| July| August| September| October| November| December

Sunday, January 3, 2016 at 3:30PM

This year we are starting our monthly screenings in February.

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Sunday, February 7, 2016 at 3:30PM

Bariera
WHAT: Bariera, 1966, psychological drama, English subtitles, 76 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, February 7 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE
CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Direction: Jerzy Skolimowski
Screenplay: Jerzy Skolimowski
Photography: Jan Laskowski
Music: Krzysztof Komeda

Cast: Joanna Szczerbic, Jan Nowicki, Tadeusz Łomnicki, Zdzisław Maklakiewicz, Ryszard Pietruski, Stefan Friedmann, Ryszarda Hanin, Stanisław Tym, Janusz Gajos, Marian Kociniak, and others.

Awards: 1966 – Bergamo, International Art Film Festival – Grand Prix; 1968 – Valladolid, IFF – Jury Special Prize.

A floating, dream-like film, Barrier embraces bizarre and surrealist-inspired imagery to tell the story of a former medical student trying to diagnose his own gradual detachment from the world. Barrier reveals Skolimowski’s more romantic side in its depiction of love as a willfully illogical force and in its touching, vivid portrayals of the young women in the hero’s life. For Skolimowski the eponymous barrier is most clearly inter-generational – embodied in the distance between the young man and his elderly pensioner father who remains far closer to his memories of the war than to the realities of Sixties Poland. Barrier’s striking expression of the emergent new current in postwar Polish cinema and its break with more traditional narrative conventions, is made clear by its unexpected use of abrupt slap-stick to satirize corporate and military culture, as well as by the improvised feel of the dialogue and the innovative jazz score by the legendary Krzysztof Komeda.

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Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 3:30PM

Jeziorak 3
WHAT: Waterline / Jeziorak, 2014, thriller, English subtitles, 1 hr 34 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, March 6 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE
CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Direction: Michal Otlowski
Screenplay: Michal Otlowski
Cinematography: Lukasz Gutt
Music: Cezary Skubiszewski

Cast: Jowita Budnik, Sebastian Fabijanski, Mariusz Bonaszewski, Lukasz Simlat, Michal Zurawski, and others.

Policewoman in a provincial town, Iza Deren, investigates a crime that connects two missing policemen, a young woman’s corpse, and a bootlegger. She uncovers a decades-long conspiracy that involves her more intimately than she could imagine.
A dark and rewarding crime thriller that displays its influences without mindlessly imitating them, Waterline stands out as both an impressive feature debut for writer-director Michal Otlowski and a fine showcase for its star. Right on the cusp of taking leave to give birth to twins, policewoman Iza Deren (Jowita Budnik) enters the woods to help the search for two fellow officers gone missing, one of whom is Iza’s fiancé and father of her unborn children. Her hunt produces nothing but a shootout with a bootlegging hermit who escapes in the surrounding swamp, but the discovery nearby of a young woman’s corpse, laid out in a canoe in her underwear, brings a new urgency to tracking down the fugitive. Partnered with Marzec (Sebastian Fabijalski), a young cop not nearly so helpless as her first impressions suggest, Iza pieces together a crime whose roots stretch to the town’s most powerful forces, and back decades; a crime, it emerges, she is involved with more intimately than she could possibly imagine. Budnik’s measured anxiety, aware that grief’s the likeliest outcome but withholding it till she gets the job done, anchors the film’s mounting revelations to a soulful, human core.

Director Biography
Michal Otlowski is an independent writer, director and producer. He graduated from the acclaimed Polish National Film School in Lodz (Directing Department) and Andrzej Wajda Film School (Creative Producers Course). His previous work, the short film Ein Kleid Aus Warschau (2006), was written in collaboration with the award-winning German writer Esther Dischereit. Waterline is his feature debut. From SIFF.

Trailer (in Polish)

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Sunday, April 3rd, 2016 at 3:30PM

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WHAT: Father’s Law / Prawo ojca, 1999, crime drama, English subtitles, 98 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, April 3 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE
CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Direction: Marek Kondrat
Screenplay: Michał Szczerbic
Photography: Paweł Edelman
Music: Marcin Pospieszalski

Cast:
Marek Kondrat, Nina Roguż, Szymon Bobrowski, Piotr Machalica, Jeremi Jemiołowicz

Awards:
1999 – Gdynia Polish Film Festival – audience award and jury award.
2001 – 4 nominations for the Eagle awards in different categories including best male actor role.

Marek Kondrat is mainly known as an award winning actor. This film is his directorial debut.

Michael used to be a winner, a champion race driver, until an accident shook his life. Today he still earns his living by driving, but now he is behind an 18 wheeler big rig truck, traveling throught Europe. Michael leaves his only daughter alone at home when he is on the road, and he constatntly worries about her safety.
It’s Martha’s 16th birthday and dad is away for the event. Against her father’s orders, Martha and her boyfriend celebrate with a night on the town and take in the thrills at a local dance club. Martha is brutally raped and the perpetrators, in spite of clear evidence, are not arrested. In the face of the failure of the justice system, the father decides to take it into his own hands.

Where is the line between the impulse of protecting your own child and a bloody revenge?

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Sunday, May 1 at 3:30pm

Wenecja - Film Jana Jakuba Kolskiego

WHAT: Venice / Wenecja, 2010,English subtitles, 110 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, May 1 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE
CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Direction: Jan Jakub Kolski
Screenplay: Jan Jakub Kolski
Cinematography: Artur Reinhart
Music: Dariusz Górniok

Cast:
Marcin Walewski, Magdalena Cielecka, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska, and other.

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/12451934

Awards:
Cameraimage, 2010 – Golden Frog for cinematography
Montréal World Film Festival 2010 – Best Artistic Contribution for the director
Eagle – Polish Film Awards 2011 – Best Production Design, Best Cinematography, Best Sound, Best Costume Design

When the outbreak of the WWII in Poland in 1939 crushes 11-year-old Marek’s dream of a summer trip to Venice, he tries to escape the frightening reality into which he’s suddenly been thrown by hiding in his aunt’s basement—until it’s flooded by a violent storm. Devising a plan to distract her nephew from the horrors outside, she helps him undertake his journey after all as they construct a replica of Venice, its islands rising out of the water. Together they enter into a subterranean dream world—which begins to seem more real than the one aboveground.

Director Jan Jakub Kolski shows his mastery of magic realism with Venice, which is based on a novel by the prolific writer Wlodzimierz Odojewski, who has said that his aim in writing is to preserve the memory of a bygone world: “I have summoned up a past full of human emotions, human suffering, fear, love and hatred—but a past rooted in historical fact.” Seeking likewise to balance the mythical with the authentic, Kolski did a national talent search to cast Marek, finally settling on young veteran television actor Marcin Walewski.
(By Juliet Sherwood , In cooperation with Kosciuszko Foundation)

Interesting review here: www.theskykid.com/venice-2010-review

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Sunday, June 12, 2016 at 3:30PM (This is a changed date)

Marcowe migdaly - 1
WHAT: March Caresses / Marcowe migdały, 1990, English subtitles, 89 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, June 12 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE
CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Direction: Radosław Piwowarski
Screenplay: Radosław Piwowarski
Cinematography: Zdzisław Najda
Music: Stanisław Syrewicz

Cast:
Małgorzata Piorun, Monika Bolibrzuch, Robert Kowalski, Robert Gonera, Maciej Orłowski, Olaf Lubaszenko, Piotr Siwkiewicz, Igor Przegrodzki, Zdzisław Sośnierz, Stanisław Brudny, Hanna Skarżanka, Jolanta Nowak, and others.

Awards:
International Cultural Forum award (1990)
Best film award– Lubuskie Lato Filmowe – Cinematography of the Eastern and Central Europe (1990)

The heroes of the film are teenage students at a school in the provinces somewhere in Poland. They experience youthful emotions, first loves, family troubles, school friendships. Suddenly the dirty side of politics enters their lives: the communist regime is “cleansing” Poland of Jews. One of their friends, Marcyś – must leave the country.
Although the impulse to start the anti-Semitic campaign stemmed from a rivalry between various factions in the government apparatus, its deplorable effects touch all of society. The anti-Semitic propaganda aimed at “agents of Zionism” bears poisonous fruit, creating an atmosphere of collective aggression. Piwowarski’s film paints the absurdity and meanness of these political machinations from the perspective of a small town where some were told they were good Poles and some that they weren’t because they were Zionists. Piwowarski recalls the massive exodus from Poland of 1968 and he bases Marcyś on a real person, his school friend, who did not want to leave. He remembers dramatic scenes at the Gdański train station in Warsaw where large groups of students were bidding farewell to their classmates and teachers. On the screen, we can read addresses of the old school friends – Marcyś Siedlecki – Israel, Wojtek Marciniak – West Berlin, Jacek Zybiga – USA, Maciek Ankiewicz – Paris, Ola Kos – address unknown.

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Sunday, July 3, 2016 at 3:30PM

kolysanka 1
WHAT: Lullaby / Kołysanka 2010, English subtitles, black comedy, 95 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, July 3 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Director: Juliusz Machulski
Screenplay: Adam Dobrzycki, Juliusz Machulski
Cinematography: Arkadiusz Tomiak
Music: Michał Lorenc

Cast:
Robert Więckiewicz, Krzysztof Kiersznowski, Małgorzata Buczkowska, Janusz Chabior, Filip Ochiński, and others.

“Lullaby” is a menacing story full of humor and suspense from the master of the genre, Juliusz Machulski. Two policemen investigate mysterious disappearances in a small scenic town. People keep disappearing, but the investigation brings no results. The tension grows and step by step a dark mystery unravels.

Trailer.

Awards: Best Director Award – 1st International Film Festival in Odessa

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Sunday, August 7, 2016 at 3:30PM

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WHAT: Symmetry / Symetria 2003, English subtitles, drama/thriller, 99 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, August 7 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Director and screenwriter: Konrad Niewolski
Cinematography: Arkadiusz Tomiak
Music: Michał Lorenc

Cast: Arkadiusz Detmer, Andrzej Chyra, Janusz Bukowski, Borys Szyc, Mariusz Jakus, Marcin Jędrzejewski, Paweł Szczęsny, and others.

One rainy day, a young man, Łukasz, a recent college graduate, is coming back home from a movie. Right outside the movie theater a police car blocks his way, officers jump out, handcuff him, and drive him to a police station. He stands as one of the suspects of assaulting an elderly and the victim incorrectly identifies him as the attacker. The matters take a new turn when the old woman dies soon after. Łukasz is put in prison where he receives a life lesson that changes his understanding of the world and destroys his notions of good and evil.
The picture of Konrad Niewolski, who himself served time in prison, is most of all a traumatic story of a young person whose life overnight turns into an inescapable horror. All he learned in college or from his parents turns useless and meaningless in the face of a new reality. Behind the prison walls, he learns different laws and principles and to survive he has no other choice but accept them as his.

Should a single accusation of an old, limited in her perceptions, woman suffice to destroy a life of an innocent young person?

Awards & Nominations:
Karlove Vary International Film Festival 2004, nomination: Crystal Globe for Konrad Niewolski
Polish Film Awards 2005, nomination for the Eagle Award: Best Supporting for Borys Szyc, Best Supporting Actress for Kinga Preis, Best Cinematography for Arkadiusz Tomiak
Polish Film Festival 2003, won Critics Award for Konrad Niewolski
RiverRun International Film Festival 2005, won Jury Price for Arkadiusz Detmer

Trailer.

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Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 3:30PM

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WHAT: How I Unleashed World War II / Jak rozpetalem II wojne swiatowa, part 1 (The Escape), 1970, English subtitles, action/comedy, 80 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, September 4 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Director and screenwriter: Tadeusz Chmielewski
Cinematography: Jerzy Stawicki
Music: Jerzy Matuszkiewicz

Cast: Marian Kociniak, Janina Boronska, Adam Cyprian, and others.

Part one of trilogy which follows Franek Dolas through World War II. It is 4:00 AM, September 1st, 1939. The German troops are about to invade Poland. Private Franek Dolas overslept his train stop and instead of protecting Poland’s border finds himself on the German side. Suddenly awakened, Dolas notices a German soldier, makes his one and only shot… and all hell breaks loose. From this time on Private Dolas is convinced that he single-handedly started the World War II. He will now desperately try to return to his Polish unit traveling across the war-ridden Europe. This popular Polish comedy, is full of laughter and amazing landscapes. Based on the novel, Przygody kanoniera Dolasa by Kazimierz Sławiński.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016 at 3:30PM

boisko 1

WHAT: Offsiders / Boisko bezdomnych, 2008, English subtitles, drama, 123 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, October 2 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Director: Kasia Adamik
Screenwriter: Przemysław Nowakowski
Cinematography: Jacek Petrycki
Music: Antoni Łazarkiewicz

Cast: Marcin Dorociński, Marek Kalita, Maria Seweryn, Krzysztof Kiersznowski, Jacek Poniedziałek, Rafał Fudale, Piotr Jagielski, Eryk Lubos, Marek Nowak.

Jacek was once a promising player on Poland’s national soccer team. Long since sidelined by an injury, he’s now a bitter drunk. Banished by his wife and beaten by thugs, he takes up with a group of down-and-outers at Warsaw’s central train station. Against the odds he decides to establish a homeless soccer team with his fellow misfits. Slowly he realizes that this could be the turning point of his life when a TV journalist takes interest in his work.

“The cause of homelessness is usually alcohol, a woman, prison time, or depression”, says Kasia Adamik in an interview for “Kino” monthly (5/2008). “If you don’t have a family or friends – then it’s also loneliness. I wanted my heroes to be believable, but also interesting as film characters. I didn’t want to create a lyrical, fairy-tale, or poetic image of homelessness. I tell the story of several men whose lives have included a number of sometimes tragicomic twists. This could happen to anyone who simply doesn’t have the money to pay off their next loan instalment.”

Awards:
2008 Polish Film Festival in Gdynia
• Best supporting actor award for Eryk Lubos,
• Best costume design award for Katarzyna Lewińska and Magdalena J. Rutkiewicz,
• Silver Screen Audience Award for Kasia Adamik at the Polish Film Festival in Gdynia
2008 Polish Film Festival in Chicago
• Golden Teeth audience award for Kasia Adamik
2008 Camerimage International Film Festival of the Art of Cinematography in Łódź.
• Main Prize in the for Jacek Petrycki in the Polish Film Competition

Trailer (in Polish).

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Sunday, November 6, 2016 at 3:30PM

sennosc 2

WHAT: Drowsiness / Senność, 2008, English subtitles, drama, 105 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, November 6 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Director: Magdalena Piekorz
Screenwriter: Wojciech Kuczok
Cinematography: Marcin Koszałka
Music: Adrian Konarski

Cast: Małgorzata Kożuchowska, Michał Żebrowski, Rafał Maćkowiak,Bartosz Obuchowicz, Krzysztof Zawadzki, Joanna Pierzak.

This is how Magdalena Piekorz presents her film in an interview (available in the distributor’s materials):

” ‘Drowsiness’ is a story about people who realize at some point in their lives that they are shouldering a burden, a cross, which is weighing down on them too much. They feel at a dead end, but meeting others with similar problems makes them look differently at reality and decide to change something. The film has three main characters – Róża who suffers from narcolepsy and suspects her husband of cheating on her, Robert who is a writer and realizes that the relationship he’s been in for many years is an unfulfilling one, and the family into which he has married is completely different mentally from him – they are hard to live with and oppressive. There’s also the story of Adam who, though he has very good relations with his parents – simple people – decides to leave his family home and move to the city. First and foremost, though, he discovers his identity, his real self, and takes the first serious step towards being true to himself. And this is what the film is about – that it’s worth being true to yourself in life. The sooner you start acting in accordance with your own conscience and morals, instead of acting against them, the easier it becomes to achieve genuine happiness.”

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Sunday, December 4, 2016 at 3:30PM

Listy do M 2

WHAT: Letters To Santa / Listy do M, 2011, English subtitles, romantic comedy, 112 min.
WHERE: Austin Public Library at Manchaca Road Branch, 5500 Manchaca Road Tel: 512-974-8700
WHEN: Sunday, December 4 at 3:30pm
COST: FREE

CONTACT: joanna.guttlehr@austinpolishfilm.com

Director: Mitja Okorn
Screenwriter: Marcin Baczyński, Karolina Szablewska
Cinematography: Marian Prokop
Music: Łukasz Targosz

Cast: Maciej Stuhr, Roma Gąsiorowska-Żurawska, Tomasz Karolak, Agnieszka Dygant, Piotr Adamczyk, Agnieszka Wagner, Wojciech Malajkat, Paweł Małaszyński, Katarzyna Zielińska, Beata Tyszkiewicz, and others.

Billed as a Love Actually-style story of intertwining plots and coincidental love triangles, Letters to Santa features a trio of angelic children who, through a series of knowing antics, teach the adult characters what’s important at the holidays. Though it’s shot in Warsaw and the characters speak Polish, Letters to Santa seems as though it could take place in many major city, and with its humor and a feel-good, secular holiday message, it translates just about anywhere.

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