Lucek (Andrzej Chyra) is a shrewd but soulless debt collector who callously repossesses any item his job may require without a glimmer of sympathy. One day, a sudden inner awakening transforms the cruel government worker into a caring man who’s filled with remorse. This charming Polish film from director Feliks Falk depicts a complex world populated by characters who continually break free from their one-dimensional constraints.
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Lawa. Opowiesc o ‘Dziadach’ Adama Mickiewicza / Forefathers (1989) Tadeusz Konwicki, Gustaw Holoubek, Jolanta Pietek-Górecka, Artur Zmijewski, Drama, Mystery, Romance
Piate: Nie odchodz / Fanciful (2014) Katarzyna Jungowska, Michalina Olszanska, Lukasz Simlat, Grazyna Szapolowska, Drama
After her mother’s death 15-year-old Roma falls ill with a strange disease. Previously distant and emotionally cold towards the teenager, now driven by fear for his daughter’s life, her father tries to rebuild their mutual relations.
Left behind by a circus, a camel wanders to the house of a simple middle-aged couple. Although the wife is initially bewildered by the strange and unexpected animal, her husband immediately adopts it as a pet. As the man and his new companion take their daily walks in the village, neighbors are drawn to the odd sight and approach him about riding the camel or using it for any number of purposes. He declines to exploit or capitalize on the friendly animal, and is met with barely veiled hostility. In time, the camel becomes a burden on both the town and the man, who’s edged out of community affairs and lives on shaky ground with his wife.
Historia kina w Popielawach / History of Cinema in Popielawy (1998) Jan Jakub Kolski, Krzysztof Majchrzak, Bartosz Opania, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska, Drama, Fantasy, Romance
“Historia kina w Popielawach” is a bucolic familiar tale, full of irony and heavily intertwined with the invention of the motion picture. The narrator is a boy of ten years, during the sixties, traveling from town to visit the village of his grandfather, Popielawy. About a hundred years ago – nearly a quarter of a century before Edison and the Lumiere brothers – the village blacksmith invented a cinematic apparatus with which he was able to project images drawn in the bladders of fish and pigs, making them “come alive”. One hundred years later, the great grandson of a blacksmith Szustek is determined to rebuild the machine from its ancestor, despite the opposition of his father.
Barwy ochronne / Camouflage (1977) Krzysztof Zanussi, Piotr Garlicki, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Christine Paul-Podlasky, Comedy, Drama
A group of students are spending the summer vacation at a university camp studying the science of linguistics. One of the camp directors, Jaroslaw, is a young professor who prefers the straightforward, intimate approach to students. He is opposed in his liberal views by Jakub, who likes to manipulate people. There is a confrontation from the beginning when Jaroslaw allows to attend the seminar a student who presents the views not according to the official line. In the end, a jury prize is given to mediocre paper, while the suspected school of thought still draws a recommendation. Finally the deputy rector arrives for the closing ceremonies, and since he disfavors the line of thought awarded by the recommendation the tensions rise. They climax when student in question bites the rector in the ear while receiving recommendation. The confrontation results in a scandal and the police is called in.
Dreszcze / Shivers (1981) Wojciech Marczewski, Tomasz Hudziec, Teresa Marczewska, Marek Kondrat, Drama, History
Set in the early 1950’s, during the Stalin’s Personality Cult. The story opens in a provincial town. Tomek’s father, a former member of the Home Army is arrested so the mother is left with the task of raising two kids alone. The neighbor upstairs commits suicide when her husband is also arrested and transported to the prison camp. It’s winter so the kids keep their hands warm at school by hand-beating themselves. The teachers at school are mean, narrow minded idealists, When they ask the kids who goes to church on Sundays, the whole class stands up to defeat the purpose of the propaganda lesson. Tomek is sent to the training school in the summer. There he absorbs most of the ideology pumped into his head, and when his father is released from prison he finds another boy he has left.
Zycie za zycie. Maksymilian Kolbe / Life for Life: Maximilian Kolbe (1991) Krzysztof Zanussi, Edward Zentara, Christoph Waltz, Artur Barcis, Biography, Drama
Hardkor Disko (2014) Krzysztof Skonieczny, Marcin Kowalczyk, Jasmina Polak, Agnieszka Wosinska, Drama
A contemporary, multi-faceted metropolis. Nouveau-riche parents and their hedonist, live-in-the-moment children, surrounded by a reality where anger and tension pulsate almost to the brink of explosion. This is where we meet Marcin, a young man who comes to the city and meets Ola, a couple of years his junior. Fascinated, the girl lets him into her world of drugs, endless, bohemian parties and illegal car races. However, neither she nor her parents know that Marcin has a well-guarded secret and a plan for revenge…
The film begins with the protagonist’s tragic accident that happens before his entering television building and that is coincidentally connected to the visit of the President of Poland in the building. After this, the action takes place in the hospital room where our protagonist is being brought back to life. In the patient’s hallucinations his 60-year-life is being replayed- childhood, youth and adulthood- we follow it as it is inter wined with Poland’s after war history, through various political systems until a surprising end.