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.
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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.
Pierwszy dzien wolnosci / The First Day of Freedom (1964) Aleksander Ford, Tadeusz Lomnicki, Beata Tyszkiewicz, Tadeusz Fijewski, Drama, War
Freed Polish soldiers are trapped in a small town in Germany during the last days of World War II. After a doctor’s daughter is raped by a concentration camp worker, the Poles allow her and her father to stay in the house that is their temporary quarters. While waiting to be repatriated, the war-weary group is forced to fight some German soldiers who invade the town. The war brings out conflicting emotions of the Poles who find themselves trapped in the house and once again under fire from the enemy.
Osobisty pamietnik grzesznika przez niego samego spisany / Memoirs of a Sinne (1986) Wojciech Has, Piotr Bajor, Maciej Kozlowski, Janusz Michalowski, Drama
Prawdziwy koniec wielkiej wojny / Real End of the Great War (1957) Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Lucyna Winnicka, Roland Glowacki, Andrzej Szalawski, Drama
Sweethearts Juliusz (Roland Glowacki) and Roza (Lucyna Winnicka) meet just prior to the global conflict, fall deeply in love, and get married. Tragedy strikes, however, when the Nazis invade and occupy Poland, and set into motion Hitler’s “Final Solution.” On an unthinkable note, the Holocaust not only transpires but strikes close to home – Juliusz gets deported to a concentration camp. Meanwhile, Roza, naturally assuming that Juliusz is dead, grows unshakably convinced that he will never return. She thus lets go of him in her heart, falls in love with another man, and starts a new life.
Jak daleko stad, jak blisko / How Far, How Near (1972) Tadeusz Konwicki, Andrzej Lapicki, Gustaw Holoubek, Maja Komorowska, Drama
The film tells a story of two scrap pickers – the title hero Edi and his friend Jureczek. Edi is wrongly accused of having raped the girl whose brothers have got the control over one of the city areas. Edi is severely punished for that but he accepts his fate taking care of the girl’s child.
Cialo / Body (2015) Malgorzata Szumowska, Janusz Gajos, Maja Ostaszewska, Justyna Suwala, Comedy, Drama
A busy attorney, worried that his anorexic daughter Olga might try to harm herself, since she’s still grieving over her recently deceased mother, sends her to see a psychiatrist, Anna, who’s dealing with her own loss in an unusual way.
Zycie rodzinne / Family Life (1971) Krzysztof Zanussi, Daniel Olbrychski, Jan Kreczmar, Halina Mikolajska, Drama
A young engineer is called back home, which he had left years before. The house is a crumbling, old mansion in which his father still works, illegally distilling vodka, much of which he drinks himself. He is alcoholic and unhappy. His sister is cynical and disturbed, had attempted suicide. His aunt is tired and sour. Their purpose to bring him there is to play on his sympathies and eventually make stay, to make him work and take care of them. He refuses and returns back to the city.