PPFF 2016 - Feature films

Play Poland Film Festival is back with the selection of six exciting feature films:
dir. Krzysztof Kieślowski | 1981, premiere 1987 | Drama | 120’ | Poland
Certificate (or suggested certificate) - 15, English Subtitles

Cast: Bogusław Linda (Witek Długosz), Tadeusz Łomnicki (Werner), Zbigniew Zapasiewicz (Adam), Bogusława Pawelec (Czuszka Olkowska), Marzena Trybała (Werka)

Play Poland Film Festival 2016 Opening Film at the Filmhouse in Edinburgh

 Poland, in the politically turbulent late 1970s: Witek is running to catch a train. From this trivial event, Krzysztof Kieślowski imagines three different possible outcomes in the young man’s life. In the first scenario, Witek catches the train on which he meets some hard line communists and joins the party. In the second, as Witek runs for the train, his path is blocked by a ticket inspector; the ensuing struggle leads to his arrest and subsequent involvement in the political underground. In the final scenario, Witek misses the train and he returns to the medical studies that he intended to abandon. He falls in love with a fellow student, gets married and lives a quiet life as a doctor, showing little interest in politics.

Edinburgh 20.10.2016 5:50pm, Filmhouse
Aberdeen 14.11.2016, 5:50pm, Belmont Fimhouse

dir. Ryszard Bugajski | 2016 | Drama | 110’ | Poland
Certificate (or suggested certificate) - 15, English Subtitles
Cast: Maria Mamona (Julia Brystygierowa), Malgorzata Zajaczkowska (siostra Benedykta), Janusz Gajos (ksiądz Cieciorka), Marek Kalita (kardynał Stefan Wyszyński)

The film shows an obscure episode from the life of a Stalinist criminal – Colonel of the Office of Public Security, Julia Brystiger. Her nickname was “Bloody Luna” because during interrogations she tortured prisoners with extreme cruelty. At the beginning of 1960s she appeared in Laski near Warsaw, in the Institute for the Blind, where the Primate of Poland, Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński, was also a frequent visitor. His imprisonment in the years 1953-1956 was supervised by none other than Julia Brystiger herself. During the difficult and tempestuous conversation with the Primate, Julia Brystiger rejects the communist ideology, asks for her crimes to be forgiven and for help in finding God…

Edinburgh 10.11.2016, 6:00pm, Edinburgh Filmhouse
London 18.11.2016, 7:00pm, Picturehouse Central

dir. Marcin Wrona | 2015 | Horror, Thriller, Drama | 94’ | Poland/ Israel
Certificate (or suggested certificate) - 15, English Subtitles

Cast: Itay Tiran, Tomasz Schuchardt, Andrzej Grabowski, Adam Woronowicz, Włodzimierz Press, Tomasz Ziętek, Katarzyna Gniewkowska, Agnieszka Żulewska

A young man is a stranger visiting the hometown of his future wife. As a wedding gift from the bride’s grandfather, he receives a piece of land where the two can build a house and raise a happy family. While preparing the land to build the house, he finds the bones of human bodies in the ground beneath his new property. Strange things begin to happen to change this happy couple’s life forever.

Edinburgh 08.11.2016, 8:50pm, Filmhouse
Aberdeen 31.10.2016, 6:05pm, Belmont Filmhouse
London 24.11.2016, 6:45pm, Hackney Picturehouse

dir. Łukasz Grzegorzek | 2016 | 89’ | Drama | Poland
Certificate (or suggested certificate) - 15
English Subtitles

Cast: Piotr Żurawski, Marta Nieradkiewicz, Jacek Braciak, Sheily Jimenez, Justyna Suwała, Bartek Świderski

It seems just OK. Your car is nice and your wife even nicer, and you test video games for a living. Then something hits you right between the eyes. You stand up, ready to fight. But fight whom really? Your wife? Her celebrity chef lover? Or your very own life made of innocent lies, tiny delusions and jokes that have ceased to be funny? Pull yourself together, Kamper.

Edinburgh 27.10.2016, 5:55pm, Filmhouse

dir. Dariusz Gajewski | 2015 | Social, Psychological thriller, Drama | 110’ | Poland/ Sweden
Certificate (or suggested certificate) - 15, English Subtitles

Cast: Agnieszka Grochowska, Bartłomiej Topa, Ewa Fröling, Tanja Lorentzon, Gerhard Hoberstorfer

Basia and Marek are a young couple of Polish immigrants in Sweden. One innocent lie triggers a family drama; their daughter is taken away by social services and placed with a foster family. The couple is divided by their approach to the fight against ruthless procedures of a modern state. Finally, feeling powerless and desperate, they decide to act beyond the law.

Belfast 22.10.2016, 6:00pm, Strand Cinema,
Edinburgh 03.11.2016, 5:50pm, Filmhouse, Followed by Q&A
London 22.11.2016 6:45pm, Clapham Picturehouse

dir. Marcin Koszałka | 2015 | 90’ | Poland/ Czech Republic/ Slovakia
Certificate (or suggested certificate) - 15, English Subtitles

Cast: Filip Pławiak, Adam Woronowicz, Julia Kijowska, Małgorzata Foremniak

Story inspired by truth events that took place in 60’ in Cracow, in communist Poland. Karol is a teenager from a good family. He is talented and a little bit shy. He learns well, has success in sport. Karol is like his fellows. His parents are proud of their son. They are planning a medical career for him.
Everything changes when he is accidentally a witness of a murder. He doesn't get into a panic, neither call a police… Pushed by strange „needs” he starts to search and follows the killer. Striving to uncover the truth about the murderer. Research slowly turns into a journey into the darkest recesses of human nature. Karol discovers this side of his personality, which existence he wasn't aware of or hadn't courage to name it. Film is devoted to reflection about mechanisms, that occur when “the serial killer is being born”.

Edinburgh 01.11.2016, 8:45pm, Filmhouse
Aberdeen 07.11.2016, 6:05pm, Belmont Filmhouse
London 26.11.2016, 6:05pm, Clapham Picturehouse

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