The festival gets off to a running start with the Opening Night Gala at Barbican, where there will be a screening of Jerzy Skolimowski’s latest critically acclaimed film 11 Minutes followed by a Q&A with the director. The New Polish Cinema strand follows on from this at Regent Street Cinema, where audiences will have the chance to sample a selection of Polish films from 2015, including the Berlinale-winning Body by Małgorzata Szumowska. Three retrospectives on three of Poland’s most revered directors: Agnieszka Holland, Jerzy Skolimowski and Andrzej Żuławski are on offer at BFI Southbank, Barbican, ICA and Close-Up Cinema.
Regent Street Cinema presents the controversial love story, People With No Tomorrow (1921), one of the oldest silent films, accompanied by live music from the masterful Szamburski/Zakrocki/Wypych trio. DJ Andy Votel pays a musical tribute to the late Andrzej Żuławski at Rich Mix. The Closing Night Gala will screen Janusz Morgenstern‘s stylish 50’s comedy, Goodbye, See You Tomorrow (1960) and will be followed by a Swing-Dance Party at the Polish Embassy. Professional dance teachers will be on hand to guide you as you dance to the swinging sounds of the Wojtek Mazolewski Quintet.
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