Play Poland Film Festival is back in London, and will taking place from the 18th to 26th of November! For the sixth year running, we’ve come together to bring our audiences refreshing, engaging, artistic, and fun new Polish cinema. This year, we’re bringing Play Poland to Clapham Picturehouse, Picturehouse Central, Hackney Picturehouse, and the Ritzy, with the accompanying events taking place across London.
This year, we are delighted to present four outstanding features, two programmes of carefully selected internationally awarded shorts and a free screening of classic Polish children’s animations. The festival will encompass the independent, the niche, and the popular Polish cinema, recounting stories about tortured prisoners, families on the run, the struggles of youth, Polish immigration, psychological terror, and more the more light-hearted nostalgic animations.
The festival will open at Picturehouse Central with Ryszard Bugajski’s Blindness, a chilling peek into the life of a ruthless Stalinist criminal who tortured prisoners, and who has a change of heart years later. This is revealed through a conversation with the Primate of Poland, wherein the criminal poignantly seeks God and begs forgiveness.
On November 19th, The Ritzy will screen “All you need to know about Polish Shorts,” a programme of six shorts on modern Poland and Eastern Europe. Two non-fictions will kick-start the screening, beginning with “The Island,” and moving on to an illustration of the Gaza Strip in “Shujayya.” Next, the struggles of youth are captured in two shorts entitled “America” and “Moloch.” The screening will close with “Multiphrenia,” which is based on Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time, and “Hangover,” which was recently debuted in Cannes.
A fun, adventurous, and unique selection of animated films from over the last sixty years will follow (at Clapham Picturehouse), including some classics, such as Enchanted Pencil.
We are also proud to present a novel take on Swedish immigration in Dariusz Gajewski’s Strange Heaven, which chronicles the heart-breaking life of a family who have been on the run from Swedish authorities and who end up being separated from one another. The film is a story both about family relationships, and is also a vivid portrayal of Swedish culture. Following Strange Heaven is a continuation of “All you need to know about Polish Shorts,” along with an acoustic concert performed by the talented guitarist Ede Kaye.
Marcin Wrona’s chilling film Demon will be showing at Hackney Picturehouse on the 24th; a psychological thriller involving the story of a groom whose life and psyche deteriorate as a result of finding a makeshift grave of human bones.
Finally, the festival will come to a close at Clapham Picturehouse with Marcin Koszałka’s stunning art-house film The Red Spider. Based on a true story, the film follows the lives of two serial killers. Although engaging and suspenseful, the real strength of this film lies in its flawless cinematography and ability to bring out the obscurity of language, image, and truth. After this screening, we are pleased to welcome you to a Lanquidity Records’ disco, funk, and jazz night at the cinema bar.