• SILENT LAND

    Agnieszka Woszczyńska

    09 Mar, 18:30
    ICA
    After arriving at a holiday villa on an Italian island, bourgeois couple Adam (Dobromir Dymecki) and Anna (Agnieszka Żulewska) discover that the swimming pool is empty. The migrant worker sent to fix it suffers a deadly poolside...
  • NIGHTSSS

    Sandra Frydrysiak, Weronika Lewandowska

    10 Mar, 14:00
    ICA
    Virtual reality (or VR) is taking leaps and bounds in the world of cinema. This technology, which refers to a simulated experience of reality, transmitted through a headset, enables artists and directors alike to explore the spatial...
  • LEAVE NO TRACES

    Jan P. Matuszyński

    10 Mar, 18:10
    ICA
    In 1983, communist Poland is still under martial law. After being arrested and beaten by the police, Grzegorz Przemyk, son of the opposition poet Barbara Sadowska (Sandra Korzeniak), dies. The only witness, Jurek Popiel (Tomasz Ziętek),...
  • Fever

    Agnieszka Holland

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Following the success of her debut feature, Provincial Actors, Agnieszka Holland made Fever, based on a story by Andrzej Strug. However, soon after its release martial law was declared in Poland and the Polish Communist government banned...
  • How to be Loved

    Wojciech Jerzy Has

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    From Wojciech Jerzy Has, the director of the dazzling The Saragossa Manuscript, this early low key work (presented in the Cannes competition) from his Polish Film School period explores the effects of WW2 on the Polish psyche. Adapted...
  • Without Love

    Barbara Sass

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Winning the award for best directorial feature debut at the Polish Film Festival in 1980 Without Love marked the arrival of the distinct talent of Barbara Sass. Positioning strong, independent contemporary women centre stage,...
  • The Young Ladies of Wilko

    Andrzej Wajda

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Having received his first major break as an actor with (the now internationally renowned) Andrzej Wajda, Daniel Olbrychski continued to appear in his films and took the lead in this elegiac tale of 1920s Poland. Often described as...
  • The War of the Worlds: Next Century

    Piotr Szulkin

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Described by the Lincoln Centre in 2019 as “a disturbingly prescient allegory of power, control, and media manipulation in a post-truth world” Piotr Szulkin’s sci-fi drama opens just before the dawn of 21st century. Based on H G Wells’...
  • The Beads of One Rosary

    Kazimierz Kutz

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Amateurs were cast in the main roles in this final segment of Kazimierz Kutz’ Silesian trilogy, which began with Salt of the Black Earth in 1969. With an affectionate script, adapted from the novel by Albin Siekierski, the film unfolds...
  • Sexmission

    Juliusz Machulski

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Hugely popular with Polish audiences on release and considered affectionately as one of the top 10 Polish comedies of all time Sexmission is a smart satire of a totalitarian state. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick (wanting to work in every...
  • Pigs (aka Dogs)

    Władysław Pasikowski

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Life on the streets is brutal as ex secret police officer Franz Maurer (Bogusław Linda) is ‘downgraded’ to an ordinary policeman and has to adjust to his new status. Often compared to Tarantino for his bloody scenes and gallows humour...
  • On the Silver Globe

    Andrzej Żuławski

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Ostensibly shut down in 1977 because the production was going over budget Andrzej Żuławski's epic soon gained cult status as an unfinished masterpiece. Adapted from (his great-uncle) Jerzy Żuławski’s influential The Lunar Trilogy (only...
  • Identification Marks: None

    Jerzy Skolimowski

    11 Mar, 00:00
    BFI Player
    Acclaimed by Jean-Luc Godard, Jerzy Skolimowski’s feature debut (which won him two Best Director prizes) was made on a very restricted budget whilst he was still at the Łódź Film School. It introduces Andrzej Leszczyc (a character...
  • BACK THEN

    Kinga Dębska

    12 Mar, 18:00
    Prince Charles Cinema
    In the communist period, schoolgirl Marta shares a room with her sister and grandmother (Ewa Wiśniewska). Her parents – moonshine-making intellectual Tadek (Adam Woronowicz) and workplace trade union leader Elżbieta (Kinga Preis) – are...
  • THE IN-LAWS

    Jakub Michalczuk

    13 Mar, 18:00
    Riverside Studios
    After the bride and groom break up at the last minute, the wedding reception goes ahead – owing to its expensive cost. While the guests drink and make merry, simmering tensions emerge between the in-laws of the would-be newlyweds:...
  • A WOMAN AT NIGHT

    Rafał Kapeliński

    15 Mar, 20:30
    Riverside Studios
    New to London and in need of money, Chinese migrant Yiling Li (Jennifer Tao) spends her nights illegally showing people around the former flat of notorious serial killer Dennis Nilsen. Across the course of her nocturnal activities, she...
  • OTHER PEOPLE

    Aleksandra Terpińska

    16 Mar, 18:30
    Prince Charles Cinema
    Iwona (Sonia Bohosiewicz) and Kamil (Jacek Beler) seem to live worlds apart. She is married, but bored and unhappy with her middle-class, credit-fuelled life of luxury. He tries to earn a living writing rap lyrics, lives in his mother’s...
  • SONATA

    Bartosz Blaschke

    17 Mar, 17:40
    Prince Charles Cinema
    As a child, Grzegorz Płonka (Michał Sikorski) struggles to communicate, leading to a diagnosis of autism. It later turns out that he is experiencing hearing loss. With the help of a hearing aid, Grzegorz discovers the world of sound and...
  • 25 YEARS OF INNOCENCE

    Jan Holoubek

    19 Mar, 15:00
    Riverside Studios
    The life of 23-year-old Tomasz Komenda (Piotr Trojan) is upended when he is arrested and charged with the rape and murder of a teenager. After being found guilty, he is sentenced to 25 years in prison, where he is regularly beaten and...
  • THE DEATH OF ZYGIELBOJM

    Ryszard Brylski

    23 Mar, 20:00
    JW3
    In May 1943, Szmul Zygielbojm (Wojciech Mecwaldowski), a member of the Polish government-in-exile, commits suicide in London. This leads young British journalist Adam (Jack Roth) to follow the coroner’s investigation, in doing so...
  • Back to Those Days

    Konrad Aksinowicz

    24 Mar, 18:40
    JW3
    After the collapse of communism, Alek (Maciej Stuhr) migrates from Wrocław to the US, leaving his son Tomek (Teodor Koziar) to live alone with mother Helena (Weronika Książkiewicz). One day, Alek unexpectedly returns home with gifts for...
  • 1970

    Tomasz Wolski

    27 Mar, 18:15
    ICA
    In December 1970, a series of strikes and riots took place in northern Poland in protest against the sudden increase in price of basic groceries. In response, the communist government sent in the army and police to put a violent end to...
  • BACK THEN

    Kinga Dębska

    30 Mar, 20:45
    Edinburgh Filmhouse
    In the communist period, schoolgirl Marta shares a room with her sister and grandmother (Ewa Wiśniewska). Her parents – moonshine-making intellectual Tadek (Adam Woronowicz) and workplace trade union leader Elżbieta (Kinga Preis) – are...
  • THE IN-LAWS

    Jakub Michalczuk

    31 Mar, 20:45
    Edinburgh Filmhouse
    After the bride and groom break up at the last minute, the wedding reception goes ahead – owing to its expensive cost. While the guests drink and make merry, simmering tensions emerge between the in-laws of the would-be newlyweds:...
  • FORBIDDEN PARADISE

    Ernst Lubitsch

    03 Apr, 15:00
    BFI Southbank
    The Polish Cultural Institute in London and the BFI present the Closing Gala of the 2022 Kinoteka Polish Film Festival, featuring a screening of the silent film Forbidden Paradise accompanied by a live score. Young military officer...
  • SONATA

    Bartosz Blaschke

    03 Apr, 20:30
    Edinburgh Filmhouse
    As a child, Grzegorz Płonka (Michał Sikorski) struggles to communicate, leading to a diagnosis of autism. It later turns out that he is experiencing hearing loss. With the help of a hearing aid, Grzegorz discovers the world of sound and...