Major Polish Films Premiering at Toronto Film Festival

"Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge" starring Karolina Gruszka, Andrzej Wajda’s "Afterimage", about Polish painter Władysław Strzemiński and "Blindness" directed by Ryszard Bugajski will be screened at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, one of world’s most important annual film events. 
"Marie Curie: The Courage of Knowledge", a drama about the life of the famous double Nobel Prize winner, with Karolina Gruszka in the leading role, will be screened on 9th September 2016, announced its distributor Kino Świat, which plans to release the film in Poland in February 2017.

The film's distributor says: "It is not only a faithful story of the scientist’s extraordinary life. (…) It is first and foremost a portrait of an outstanding woman who, using her intelligence, knowledge and exceptional skills, managed to win recognition in the world of science, which had always been dominated by men."

Marlena Wilcan from Akson Studio has announced that the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the most important annual film events, will feature Andrzej Wajda’s "Afterimage", a film about Władysław Strzemiński. It will be showcased in the ‘Masters’ section, which presents works by the most prominent filmmakers.

Akson Studio, the distributor of the film in Polish cinemas, wrote in its press release: "Andrzej Wajda tells the story of an unwavering pioneer of Polish avant-garde art, Władysław Strzemiński, excellently played by Bogusław Linda. The main hero is a great artist who remains faithful to his own artistic vision, does not succumb to the regime and, as a result, has to face the dramatic consequences of his choices."

Another film at the Toronto Festival is titled "Blindness", and it recounts a little-known episode from the life of Julia Brystyger, an important member of the security apparatus in Stalinist-era Poland. In the early 1960s she appeared in a institute for visually impaired people in Laski near Warsaw, a place often frequented by the Polish primate Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński. It was Brystyger who supervised his arrest between 1953 and 1956. In the course of a difficult and turbulent conversation with Wyszyński, she rejected communist ideology, asked for forgiveness for her crimes and called for help to find God.

The film was written and directed by Ryszard Bugajski, with camerawork supervised by Arkadiusz Tomiak. The leading role is played by Maria Mamona. The film also stars Małgorzata Zajączkowska, Janusz Gajos, and Marek Kalita.
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