Tag Archives: Poland

Ile wazy kon trojanski? / How Much Does the Trojan Horse Weigh? (2008) Juliusz Machulski, Ilona Ostrowska, Maciej Marczewski, Robert Wieckiewicz, Comedy

Ile wazy kon trojanski (2008)
At 40, Zosia (Ilona Ostrowska) has a happy second marriage, a well-adjusted daughter, a good career, and a comfortable home in Warsaw. But as she and her family usher in the year 2000, she wishes some things in her youth had happened differently, and she’s magically transported back to 1987, when she was still married to her womanizing first husband, Darek (Robert Wi?ckiewicz) and lived in the People’s Republic of Poland.

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Smierc prezydenta / Death of the President (1977) Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Zdzislaw Mrozewski, Marek Walczewski, Henryk Bista, Drama, History

Smierc prezydenta (1977)
Set at the historic moment of rebirth of Poland after World War I. The newly organized National Assembly elected Gabriel Narutowicz, a professor returning home from Switzerland to enter public life, as the first President in the history of Polish Republic. The film shows the turmoil leading to Narutowicz’s election by a National Assembly divided between Polish Nationalists and the minorities, comprising one third of the population. A few days after the election the President was assasinated by a fanatic Nationalist while opening an art exhibit.

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Jasminum (2006) Jan Jakub Kolski, Justyna Bartoszewicz, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Marta Dabrowska, Comedy, Romance

Jasminum (2006)
The peaceful world of a monastery, in a small town Jasmine, is destroyed by the arrival of monument restorers, Natasha, along with her daughter Eugenia. The legend associated with the monastery bode revelation in him a saint in the near future. Despite initial reluctance, Natasha starts the maintenance of the image stored there. The secrets of the monastery are unraveled: the unhappy lovers bodies placed in the catacombs, the secret elixir of love, created with the smell of the monks.

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Poszukiwany – poszukiwana / Man – Woman Wanted (1973) Stanislaw Bareja, Wojciech Pokora, Jolanta Bohdal, Mieczyslaw Czechowicz, Comedy

Poszukiwany - poszukiwana AKA Man - Woman Wanted (1973)
Stanislaw works in an art museum in Warsaw; it’s not a very well-paid job, and his boss is a bit of a martinet. When a painting is found to be missing from the store room, the boss accuses Stanislaw and gives him 24 hours to return it, or go to jail. Well, Stanislaw is innocent, so he can’t return it, and he decides to borrow some of his wife’s clothes and her wig, and go into hiding as a woman, Maria. He gets a job as housemaid, although his practical home skills are pretty well non-existent, but a succession of amorous husbands, difficult children, and eccentric bosses drives him from one job to the next. Meanwhile his efforts to keep in touch with his wife lead to her becoming suspicious of his involvement with another girl he is talking to, and then when he kisses his wife amourously, the girl is scandalised to see what appear to be two women kissing.

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Smierc rotmistrza Pileckiego / The Death of Captain Pilecki (2006) Ryszard Bugajski, Marek Probosz, Marek Kalita, Andrzej Niemirski, Drama

Smierc rotmistrza Pileckiego AKA The Death of Captain Pilecki (2006)
Captain Witold Pilecki was a Polish intelligence officer during WWII who volunteered for a Polish resistance operation to get imprisoned in the German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in order to gather intelligence and enable the Polish government-in-exile to inform the allies about the ongoing Holocaust in occupied Poland.

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Korczak (1990) Andrzej Wajda, Wojciech Pszoniak, Ewa Dalkowska, Teresa Budzisz-Krzyzanowska, Biography, Drama

Korczak (1990)
Account of the last days of life of the legendary Polish pedagogue Janusz Korczak and his heroic dedication to protecting Jewish orphans during the war. Jewish doctor Henryk Goldszmit, known also as Janusz Korczak, is a man of high principles. He is unafraid of shouting at German officers and frequently has to be persuaded to save his own life. His orphanage, set up in a cramped school in the Warsaw ghetto, provides shelter to 200 homeless kids. Putting his experimental educational methods into practice, he installs a kind of children’s self-government, whose justice is in a big contrast to what is happening in the outside world. Right in front of the school, dozens of kids are dying or being killed everyday and their naked bodies lie on the street unattended. Ghetto’s mayor assures Korczak that the orphanages will be saved. Korczak raises food and money for the orphanage from the rich Jews.

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