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Polish Film Festival in the Central Library

Polish film festival poster

Do you like European cinema? Do you want to see some European films?

Polish Film Festival is a great opportunity to see some recent Polish productions.

On two January Wednesdays, one Saturday and two Thursdays we will screen in the Wolf Performance Hall five recently made Polish films.

The Festival will open with Ida by Pawel Pawlikowski, which already made its entrance in the North American film scene. Shown and awarded on many film festivals  Ida has been nominated to the Academy Award in the Foreign Language category

On January 7,  Ida will take us into the 1960’ – difficult times after war in Poland. Young novitiate nun has been sent to her aunt, the only family she has, to learn about her and her family history.

Baby Blues, on January 14- shows a teenager, Natalia who wanted to have a baby. She is not prepared for motherhood, not prepared for an adult life. There will be consequences of her decision and a lot of questions for us, who watch the film.

Papusza is a portrait of a little-known Polish-Romani poet Bronislawa Wajs. It will be screened on Saturday January 17 at 2 pm.  The film shows the gypsy community in Poland in the 20 century on a background of exquisite black-and-white photographs and beautiful Roma music soundtrack.

On January 22 we will screen The Welts – a story of a parental abuse and its effects in an adult life of the abused child.

The last film, My Father’s Bike,  will come on  January 29. It shows lack of communication between father and son, husband and wife and unsolved family problems.

Ida and Papusza take us for a journey back in time and show some pictures from Polish history.

Baby Blues, My Father’s Bike and the Welts show three dysfunctional families, which may look from outside as “normal”. All those difficult family and social problems can be found probably with any society. They are not country and time specific.

How to deal with family problems,  how to forgive and accept and live happily after all – these are some of the questions the audience may want to answer along with those three movies characters.

The films are subtitled and therefore available for the English speakers to watch.

Polish Film Festival is accompanied,  for the month of January,  by the display “Many Faces of Agnieszka Holland” on the 2nd and 3rd floor of the Central Library, a display which belongs to the Cinematography Museum in Lódz.

This very impressive display consists of  photographs from film sets from Holland's archives, material lent by Andrzej Wajda, Zebra Film Studio, Tor, Best Film and film institutions from Frankfurt, London, Berlin and Prague.

The festival and the display are organized in cooperation with the Polish consulate in Toronto.

Polish Film Festival is Free, no registration needed.

Polish film festival poster