• Kill It and Leave This Town

    Mariusz Wilczyński

    06 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Initially conceived as a short, this debut feature by acclaimed self taught animator Mariusz Wilczyński was 15 years in development. Emerging onto the festival circuit last year it won major prizes at the Viennale, Ottawa and Annecy as...
  • The Children of Leningradsky

    Hanna Polak, Andrzej Celiński

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Made on a shoestring budget over a period of two years, this Oscar nominated documentary short was born out of Hanna Polak’s wish to help the children she found fighting for survival on the streets and railway stations of Moscow....
  • Saviour Square

    Krzysztof Krauze, Joanna Kos-Krauze

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Written and directed by one of the outstanding partnerships in contemporary Polish cinema Saviour Square resonates with tension. Jowita Budnik gives an exceptional performance as Beata whose life and dreams pivot precariously on the...
  • Rose

    Wojciech Smarzowski

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Now memorable to UK audiences as Aunt Wanda in Pawlikowski’s Ida (also on BFI Player) Agata Kulesza was already well known in Poland when she played this title role, for which she won the Polish Academy Award for Best Actress. Opening...
  • Reverse

    Borys Lankosz

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Remarkable as a feature film debut Borys Lankosz ’black comedy took the festival circuit by storm with its subversive style and provocative politics which resonated across contemporary as well as historical perspectives. Previously...
  • ON THE SILVER GLOBE

    Andrzej Żuławski

    07 May, 00:00
    Second Run
    With Earth’s civilisation in decay, a team of astronauts are sent to populate a new planet. The last original survivor Jerzy (Jerzy Trela) is treated by the emergent feudal society as a demi-god, and sends a video diary back to Earth...
  • MAN ON THE TRACKS

    Andrzej Munk

    07 May, 00:00
    Second Run
    In 1950, a night-time passenger train hits and kills Orzechowski (Kazimierz Opaliński), a train engineer who happened to be on the tracks. An inquiry follows, but nothing is quite as clear as the committee would hope, with...
  • Hi, Tereska!

    Robert Gliński

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Apparently the script for this multi-award winning film was initially rejected. In the end the script, the film, its director and actor Zbigniew Zamachowski won Polish Oscars. Shot in black and white it focuses on 15 year-old Tereska...
  • Fugue

    Agnieszka Smoczyńska

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s feature debut The Lure (2015) broke lots of conventions and produced one of the most distinctive contributions to Polish cinema in years. This second feature, which screened at Cannes 2018, focussed in a...
  • Day of the Wacko

    Marek Koterski

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Often quoted as a favourite Polish comedy Day of the Wacko is a non-stop tirade about the inequalities and indignities of life as seen through the eyes of Adaś Miauczyński. Played this time by Marek Kondrat, Adaś is a recurring character...
  • All These Sleepless Nights

    Michał Marczak

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Pulsing with a raw energy (CARIBOU, Can’t Do Without You, throbbing in the background) All These Sleepless Nights garnered Michal Marczak the Best Director award for documentary at Sundance 2016 and success on the international festival...
  • A LONELY WOMAN

    Agnieszka Holland

    07 May, 00:00
    Second Run
    Postal worker Irena (Maria Chwalibóg) lives with her 8-year-old son Boguś (Paweł Witczak) in a run-down apartment on the outskirts of Wrocław. Overworked and neglected by an uncaring society, she is ground down by the adversity and...
  • WALKOVER

    Jerzy Skolimowski

    07 May, 00:00
    Second Run
    After leaving the army, Andrzej Leszczy (Jerzy Skolimowski) drifts from town to town, taking part in boxing matches. When he arrives for his next match, he discovers that an old university friend, Teresa (Aleksandra Zawieruszanka), is...
  • You Have No Idea How Much I Love You

    Paweł Łoziński

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Perhaps developing from his experience making Father and Son (2013) with his own father Paweł Łoziński turns to conversations between a mother and daughter. This film’s universal resonance resulted in invitations to festivals around...
  • THE TEMPTATION

    Barbara Sass

    07 May, 00:00
    Second Run
    In post-war Poland, nun Anna (Magdalena Cielecka) is brought to a location where she is to look after a political prisoner (Olgierd Lukaszewicz). She quickly discovers that the prisoner is the very priest who was her first great love and...
  • 33 Scenes from Life

    Małgorzata Szumowska

    07 May, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Set in Cologne and featuring a pan European cast (including Poland’s Maciej Stuhr) 33 Scenes… confirmed Małgorzata Szumowska as talent to watch on the international festival scene. It won the Special Jury Prize at Locarno 2008 and...
  • Kieslowski's DOCUMENTARIES

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    11 May, 00:00
    ICA Cinema 3
    From the late 1960s until the beginning of the 1980s, Krzysztof Kieślowski made more than 20 documentary shorts, touching on the vocations and lives of everyday people across the communist Polish People’s Republic, as well as...
  • THE WALL OF SHADOWS

    Eliza Kubarska

    13 May, 19:00
    ICA Cinema 3
    For the Sherpas, Kumbhakarna is a holy mountain, one that must not be climbed. Yet when a group of Polish and Russian alpinists ask Jomdoe and Ngada for their assistance in scaling the mountain, the couple break with taboo and agree to...
  • DEKALOG, ONE

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    14 May, 00:00
    ICA Cinema 3
    11-year-old Paweł (Wojciech Klata) is brought up by his technology-minded father Krzysztof (Henryk Baranowski) and religious aunt Irena (Maja Komorowska). After gifting Paweł a pair of ice skates, Krzysztof places all his faith in a...
  • DEKALOG, TWO

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    15 May, 00:00
    ICA Cinema 3
    Andrzej (Olgierd Łukaszewicz) is in serious condition in hospital, while his wife Dorota (Krystyna Janda) is pregnant with her secret lover’s child. Hospital consultant (Aleksander Bardini) is thus forced to make a difficult choice that...
  • DEKALOG, THREE

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    16 May, 00:00
    ICA Cinema 3
    Janusz (Daniel Olbrychski) is dragged away from Christmas Eve festivities by his former lover Ewa (Maria Pakulnis), who asks for his help in finding her missing husband. As they wander around Warsaw together, it transpires that Ewa might...
  • DEKALOG, FOUR & FIVE

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    18 May, 00:00
    ICA Cinema 3
    IV Student Anka (Adrianna Biedrzyńska) enjoys a good relationship with her father Michał (Janusz Gajos), with whom she lives. When Michał goes abroad on a business trip, Anka finds an envelope with the words “Open after my death.”...
  • DEKALOG, SIX & SEVEN

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    19 May, 00:00
    ICA Cinema 3
    VI Young man Tomek (Olaf Lubaszenko) spends his evenings spying through a telescope on Magda (Grażyna Szapołowska), a woman in her thirties who lives in an apartment opposite his. He begins to fall in love with her. As Magda becomes...
  • DEKALOG, EIGHT & NINE

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    20 May, 00:00
    ICA Cinema 3
    VIII Elderly ethics professor Zofia (Maria Kościałkowska) unexpectedly meets Elżbieta (Teresa Marczewska), a Jew of Polish descent who lives in the US and has translated Zofia’s works. Through the course of their acquaintance, it...
  • RAVEN

    Maciej Pieprzyca

    20 May, 19:30
    POSK Cinema
    Having spent most of his career in the Łódź police department, inspector Adam Kruk (Michał Żurawski) is sent across the country to Białystok, the town where he grew up. There, he is to investigate the kidnapping of a young boy. In doing...
  • DEKALOG, TEN

    Krzysztof Kieślowski

    21 May, 00:00
    ICA Cinema 3
    After attending the funeral of their estranged father, brothers Jerzy (Jerzy Stuhr) and Artur (Zbigniew Zamachowski) discover that they have inherited a valuable stamp collection from him. In their attempts to resolve what exactly they...
  • Wrocław. Escape Room

    Arkadiusz Buszko

    21 May, 00:00
    Wrocław. Escape Room
    The world has ended but there is still life… Let’s play in a game called theatre!
  • BALLADYNA

    Oskar Sadowski

    24 May, 00:00
    BALLADYNA
    Polish seminal Romanic verse drama Balladyna by Juliusz Słowacki is a starting point for creating an innovative story about how technology intertwines with loneliness, fear, obsession, love, and murder in the times of global isolation.
  • THE KING OF WARSAW

    Jan P. Matuszynski

    03 Jun, 19:30
    POSK Cinema
    In 1937, the streets of Warsaw are ruled by gangsters. One gang, led by socialist Buddy Kaplica (Arkadiusz Jakubik), counts Jewish boxer Jakub Szapiro (Michał Żurawski) as its top enforcer. Yet with the spectre of fascism hanging over...
  • SWEAT

    Magnus von Horn

    04 Jun, 17:50
    Riverside Studios
    Sylwia (Magdalena Koleśnik) is a fitness influencer, dedicated to relentlessly sharing the energetic workout routines that have made her a social media star. With the loyal support of fellow trainer Klaudiusz (Julian Świeżewski) and the...