The films from Munk Studio at the Play Poland festival in Birmingham

Three short documentaries from Munk Studio are the essence of an ambitious artistic cinema to be screened in Birmingham during Play Poland Film Festival. 


Munk Studio was established in 2008 by the Polish Filmmakers Association. Its mission is to promote young, creative artists who in their works portray the contemporary Poland and the ongoing transformations. During the special screenings in Birmingham the audience will watch three short films: ‘3 days of freedom’ (3 dni wolności) by Łukasz Borkowski, ‘The Informer’ (Konfident) by Rafał Kapeliński and ‘Hanoi-Warsaw’ (Hanoi-Warszawa) directed by Katarzyna Klimkiewicz.

Łukasz Borkowski’s ‘3 days of freedom’ tells a story of Piotr, who after fifteen years of imprisonment gets a three day pass. The new reality proves to be a challenge. On one hand even the simplest everyday activities are troublesome and awkward, on the other Piotr is fascinated with the surrounding world, he tries to ‘get it’. He has to go through a crucible, re-evaluate the past, his moral debts but also consider prospects for the future. Piotr has three days to sort out his life – can he do it? Łukasz Borkowski’s film received a Grand Prix at the International Film Festival ‘Etiuda & Anima’ in Cracow 2011.

Rafał Kapeliński’s ‘The Informer’ is a story inspired by the true events that happened in the family of the director. It is a bittersweet tale of politics stepping into lives of the protagonists with the release of the ‘Wildstein’s list’. With a mastery precision the director combines elements of comedy and grotesque which results in a penetrating insight into the contemporary reality. The film has received a number of nominations for prestigious awards, among others, Polish Full Features Competition, Young Cinema Competition and the Polish Contest ‘FROM POLAND’. It was also presented at the Gdynia Film Festival 2011.

The last screening is Katarzyna Klimkiewicz’s film titled ‘Hanoi-Warsaw’. A young Vietnamese woman illegally transported to Poland. . The journey marked with humiliation and violence, turns out to be a hell on Earth.. The girl escapes her brutal traffickers and tries to get to Warsaw on her own as expects to find a new life there.. It is a moving film for which Katarzyna Klimkiewicz has received the European Film Award for the best short film in 2010 and the Golden Angel at the SHORTCUT Film Festival - Short Film Competition in 2010.

Munk Studio and Kino Polska TV
29.09.2012; Icon Gallery:
‘3 days of freedom’ (3 dni wolności), dir. Łukasz Borkowski – 12:00 and 15:00
‘The Informer’ (Konfident), dir. Rafał Kapeliński – 13:00 and 16:00
‘Hanoi-Warsaw’ (Hanoi-Warszawa), dir. Katarzyna Klimkiewicz – 14:00 and 17:00
(admission free)

Translated by:


Anna Mazur
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