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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Angie gets the sack from a recruitment agency for bad behaviour in public. Seizing the chance, she teams up with her flatmate, Rose, to run a similar business from their kitchen. With immigrants desperate to work the opportunities are considerable, particularly for two girls so in tune with these times.
Jasminum (2006) Jan Jakub Kolski, Justyna Bartoszewicz, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Marta Dabrowska, Comedy, Romance
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.
Poszukiwany – poszukiwana / Man – Woman Wanted (1973) Stanislaw Bareja, Wojciech Pokora, Jolanta Bohdal, Mieczyslaw Czechowicz, Comedy
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.
Smierc rotmistrza Pileckiego / The Death of Captain Pilecki (2006) Ryszard Bugajski, Marek Probosz, Marek Kalita, Andrzej Niemirski, Drama
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.
Daleko od okna / Keep Away from the Window (2000) Jan Jakub Kolski, Dorota Landowska, Dominika Ostalowska, Bartosz Opania, Drama
Second World War. In a small village a couple fails to conceive. One day the man brings home to hide a Jewish woman whose family was murdered. The wardrobe that hides the fugitive is becoming obsessed wife until the worst happens to her, the husband leaves the Jewish pregnant …
Wszystko, co kocham / All That I Love (2009) Jacek Borcuch, Mateusz Kosciukiewicz, Olga Frycz, Jakub Gierszal, Comedy, Drama, Music
Follows four friends in their quest to form a punk band. As workers protests sweep across the country, Janek and Staszek, the sons of a navy man, the rebellious Kazik, and the affluent Diabel gel as a band, but their disparate lives are touched by social turmoil and outside perceptions.
Przypadek / Blind Chance (1987) Krzysztof Kieslowski, Boguslaw Linda, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Drama
Izolator / Warsaw Dark (2008) Christopher Doyle, Anna Przybylska, Adam Ferency, Leslaw Zurek, Thriller
Prominent cinematographer Christopher Doyle continues to hone his talents as a director with this thriller set in Eastern Europe and inspired by the as-yet-unsolved murder of a Polish politician in 2001. A young prostitute is spending the evening with a prominent Polish official when he’s suddenly assassinated in Warsaw. In the aftermath of the hit, the triggerman takes the prostitute to an apartment and subjects her to a complex personality replacement program designed to wipe out any memories she may have retained about the evening’s events.
Pod gwiazda frygijska / Under the Phrygian Star (1954) Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Józef Nowak, Lucyna Winnicka, Halina Przybylska, Drama
Based on the writings of Igor Newerly, Kawalerowicz’s epic chronicles the romance between Szczesny and the charismatic Madzia (Lucyna Winnicka), as the ill-fated pair fall in love amid the social and political upheaval of their homeland.