For five years, the Polish festival has had a presence in Scotland. The diverse repertoire and enthusiastic atmosphere of the events quickly secured it a devoted crowd of spectators, eagerly awaiting each new edition. This year, Play Poland Film Festival reaches Aberdeen! We thus advise you to pencil into your calendars which events excite you most in advance.
Along with the fifth edition, the Belmont Filmhouse will show three Polish screenings. The first screening, taking place on November 11 will be a film titled 'Call me Marianna', directed by Karolina Bielawska. Marianna is an attractive 40-year-old woman who sues her parents in court to obtain a sex change. She must confront the prospect of losing what is dearest to her – her family – in order to obtain harmony with her true self. The director was able to address not only the subject of sex change, but above all, the experience of exclusion and loneliness.
On November 18, PPFF will present a close to two-hour programme of short films provided by one of the most recognized Polish film schools – Wajda School. These projections represent the best of cinema, reflecting the fresh perspective of young, talented directors based on the best traditions of national cinematography. This year's selection will present four diverse pieces, from comedy to documentary: 'Hitler in the Opera', 'Milky Brother', 'Shepherd's Song' and 'Superunit'.
On November 25, the cinema will show one of the most anticipated films this year: 'A Grain of Truth'. The thriller is based on the bestseller by Zygmunt Miłoszewski. The director, Borys Lankosz, was a special guest of fifth edition of the Festival in Edinburgh.
Organized by Polish Art Europe, the PPFF is the largest Polish film event held outside of Poland. Its partners, outstanding film schools, producers and studios include: Lodz and Silesia Film Schools, Wajda School, Miniature Film Studio, Munk Studio, National Film Archive, as well as festivals such as New Horizons and O!PLA Across The Borders.
The festival is organized in collaboration with the Consulate General of The Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, the Polish Film Institute and Arts & Business Scotland. Honourary patrons include: the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, Mr Dariusz Adler; Professor Richard Demarco, one of Scotland’s most influential advocates for contemporary art; Professor Zbigniew Pełczyński, a tutor of political philosophy and politics at Pembroke College, Oxford, and Andrzej Pągowski, a Polish artist who specializes in graphic design and poster art.
All films are presented with English subtitles.