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November 2018
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  • Spotlights: Markéta Luskačová

    Millbank

  • 05/11/2018 10:00 AM to 19/04/2019 5:00 PM
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  • London, SW1P 4RG
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    The acclaimed Czech photographer Markéta Luskačová takes part in a regularly changing in-depth displays in Tate Britain’s Spotlights series. Luskačová who lives and works in London, reflects on a changing city in her portraits of London life. Everything she diligently photographed through the 70s, 80s and 90s and to a lesser degree, up to a present day, is a record of the end of the era of the Jewish Saturday markets of the East End, of which some don’t exist…

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2019January 2019
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  • Exhibition: Photo I, Photo You

    Calvert 22

  • January 28 9:00 AM to March 28 5:00 PM
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  • 22 Calvert Avenue E2 7JP
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    Participating artists: Stefania Batoeva, Olga Chernysheva, Igor Eskinja, Anna Jermolaewa, Vikenti Komitski, Jan Mancuska, Boris Mikhailov, Kiril Prashkov, Anri Sala and Nebojsa Seric Shoba This exhibition of contemporary photography addresses Boubnova’s research into how the artistic production of images in Eastern Europe is increasingly influenced by the encroaching world of advertising – and most particularly the flourishing success of the commercial. The show brings together the work of ten artists. Curated by Iara Boubnova.

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February 2019
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  • IMRE BAK: Works 1967-1981

    The Mayor Gallery

  • February 13 6:00 PM to March 29 5:00 PM
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  • 21 Cork Street, London, W1S 3LZ
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    In partnership with The Mayor Gallery, the Hungarian Cultural Centre presents the London exhibition of IMRE BAK: Works 1967-1981 Imre Bak (b. 1939 Budapest, Hungary) was involved in the creation and development of two leading Hungarian neo-avant-garde groups of the second half of the Twentieth century; Iparterv and Budapesti műhely. Part of the group of young ‘self-educated’ Hungarian contemporary artists from the 1960s, Bak departed from the drab browns and greys of Hungarian realism and was strongly inspired by the vivid…

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  • Natalia LL’s works at Sotheby’s

    Sotheby’s

  • February 14 8:00 AM to March 28 5:00 PM
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  • 31 St.George Street, London, W1S 2FJ
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    14 February – 28 March 2019 Sotheby’s 31 St.George Street London W1S 2FJ The exhibition House of the Sleeping Beauties and will feature a wide range of artwork from the 19th to 21st century loosely touching upon concepts of the erotic, the body, surrealism, performance and theatricality. The exhibition will be accompanied by a reprint of Yasunari Kawabata’s 1961 novella of the same name. Artists such as Polish Natalia LL, Francis Picabia, Joseph Cornell and Marcel Duchamp will be exhibited…

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March 2019
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  • A show about artistic exchange: THIS INSTEAD OF THAT

    Arthouse!

  • March 6 3:00 PM to March 30 7:00 PM
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  • 45 GRANGE ROAD, London, SE1 3BH
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    PRIVATE VIEW 6 MARCH 2019 HERMIONE ALLSOPP / MEG LIPKE ALEXANDRA BARAITSER / TREVOR BURGESS NELSON DIPLEXCITO / GEORGE WILLS CATHERINE FERGUSON / TIM RENSHAW OLHA PRYYMAK / JULIE FOUNTAIN This Instead of That is a show about artistic exchange – what happens to both representation and reality when artists get together to re-evaluate their ideas and influences through dialogue with one another. It looks at the processes of artistic exchange in the practice of ten artists. For the exhibition…

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  • Exhibition: JOANNA PIOTROWSKA “ALL OUR FALSE DEVICES”

    Tate Britain

  • March 8 10:00 AM to June 9 6:00 PM
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  • Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG
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    Joanna Piotrowska presents an installation of carefully composed black and white photographs Born in Poland and based in London, Piotrowska has an interest in domestic spaces and man-made environments. For one series of works she asked people in Lisbon, Rio de Janeiro, Warsaw and London to build makeshift shelters in their homes and gardens, subverting childhood play. Other works present gestures and movements from self-defence manuals, implying violence against women as well as their empowerment. Her photographs and films relate…

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  • Searching for Life with Painter Bogdan Mihai Radu

    Romanian Cultural Institute

  • March 20 7:00 PM to April 12 5:00 PM
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  • 1 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X8PH
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    This spring, RCI’s Brâncuşi Gallery is set to host the first UK showcase of painter Bogdan Mihai Radu, winner of the 1st Prize at last year’s Oxford International Art Fair. The exhibition, a striking display that reunites the floral repertory already familiar to the painter’s audiences and his lesser-known abstract expressionist works, comprises 20 acrylic paintings from the enthralling ‘Searching for Life’ series. Prefaced by HE Dan Mihalache, the Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St James’s, the event…

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  • Yelena Popova, Joanna Rajkowska, Jan Eric Visser: What branches grow out of this stony rubbish?

    L’etrangere

  • March 22 6:30 PM to May 4 5:00 PM
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  • 44a Charlotte Road, London, EC2A 3PD
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    Private View: 21 March 2019, 6.30 – 8.30pm Exhibition Dates: 22 March – 4 May 2019 Joanna Rajkowska, Trafostation #9, 2018, C-print, 20 x 30 cm l’étrangère is delighted to announce What branches grow out of this stony rubbish?, an exhibition of work by three artists who each respond to pressing ecological concerns, including anthropogenic climate change, the catastrophic impact of our reliance on concrete, and the over-production of waste through consumerism and industrial capitalism. What branches grow out of…

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  • Crystal Bride at London Bridal Fashion Week 2019

    ExCeL London

  • March 24 9:00 AM to March 26 5:00 PM
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  • Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL
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    Crystal Bride, a new Czech fashion brand focused mainly on wedding gowns will present their Collection AW 19/20 at this year’s London Bridal Fashion Week. The collection is inspired mainly by Czech Cubism and Art Deco. Therefore, the bridal dresses are clean, regular, sleek, glittering, well-balanced, harmonious, geometric silhouettes with bold details and high-quality materials. Bridal gowns are easily recognisable for glamorous asymmetrical slim silhouettes and bold details. About the designer – MIRKA HORKÁ Czech designer Mirka Horká was awarded…

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  • A Celebration of Czechoslovak Culture in Wartime Britain

    Senate House Library

  • March 27 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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  • University of London, Malet Street, WC1E 7HU
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    *** Free illustrated talk by Jana Burešová *** Although Czechoslovakia was headline news in 1938/39, little was known about its cultural heritage. Patriotic exiles in Britain therefore determined to preserve their cultural identity, and to host multi-faceted events at the Czechoslovak Institute and elsewhere. The Communist-inspired Czechoslovak-British Friendship Club, the Czechoslovak army’s SOKOL branch, and regional clubs also played key roles within the Anglo-Czechoslovak community. Dr Burešová is a committee member of the Research Centre for German and Austrian Exile Studies,…

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  • The Bell of Treason – The Munich Agreement and its Aftermath

    Czech Embassy Cinema

  • March 27 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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  • 26 Kensington Palace Gardens, London, W8 4QY
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    *** A historic lecture and a presentation by Professor Pierre E. Caquet *** The Munich Agreement doomed the first Czechoslovak Republic, paving the way for its March 1939 invasion by Nazi Germany eighty years ago. Chamberlain famously proclaimed ‘peace for our time’ on his return from the Munich conference, while Daladier muttered: ‘the fools, if only they knew what they are cheering’. The Czechoslovaks knew all along. As for the Germans, they were not as united behind Hitler as is…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: LUNAR FUTURISM EXHIBITION OPENING

    The Horse Hospital

  • March 29 6:00 PM to April 13 5:00 PM
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  • Colonnade, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1JD
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    LUNAR FUTURISM: COSTUMES, PROPS & EPHEMERA FROM ANDRZEJ ZUŁAWSKI’S ON THE SILVER GLOBE In the Spring of 1977, as production was nearing completion, the Vice-Minister of Culture halted the production. For almost a decade, the reels of film languished in the corridor of a film studio in Wroclaw… During the mid-1980s, Żuławski was invited back to Poland (he had since relocated to France) to complete On the Silver Globe. He replaced the missing scenes with footage of contemporary Polish life…

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£12/£8
  • Diary as Art Form: Jiří Kolář and Diary 1968

    Knowledge Centre

  • March 29 7:15 PM to 9:00 PM
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  • British Library, 96 Euston Road, NW1 2DB
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    Jiří Kolář was a key figure of the Czech avant-garde. Already an exceptional poet, he turned to collage techniques for his remarkable Diary 1968. This bore witness to the events of the Prague Spring and its later suppression by Soviet forces, in a series of multi layered collages of texts, newspaper cuttings, paintings, leaflets and other found matter. A talk by curator and artist Milena Kalinovská. FRIDAY 29 MARCH 2019, 7.15 PM Knowledge Centre, The British Library, 96 Euston Rd, London…

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£25 via Eventbrite. £15 for students
  • Ukrainian Presidential Elections Night

    Church Hall of Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church

  • March 31 5:30 PM to 9:30 PM
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  • 21-22 Binney St, London,
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    WHEN: 31 March 2019, 5:30-9:30pm WHERE: Main Hall of the Ukrainian catholic Cathedral of the Holy Family, 21 Binney Street, Mayfair, London W1K 5BQ ADMISSION: Tickets £25 via Eventbrite. £15 for students. Click here to book. Ticket price includes free wine and food. LANGUAGE: Panel will be in English, while TV streaming in Ukrainian. ORGANISER: Ukrainian Institute London Get political while enjoying good company, food and drink in central London! Soak up the atmosphere of Ukraine’s top political race, hear insider comment and live broadcasts on Ukrainian TV, enjoy informal banter and savour Ukrainian…

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April 2019
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  • Maryla Szymiczkowa AKA Jacek Dehnel & Piotr Tarczyński are touring the UK

    Ognisko Polskie

  • April 2 4:00 PM to April 4 7:00 PM
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  • 55 Exhibition Road, London, SW72PN
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    UK launch of the first in a new series of Agatha Christie-style murder mysteries from Poland Tuesday, 2 April 2019, time TBC    Ognisko Polskie – Polish Hearth Club 55 Princes Gate South Kensington London SW7 2PN BOOKING TBC Wednesday, 3 April 2019, 4pm     Oxford Literary Festival St Cross College 61 St Giles’ Oxford OX1 3LZ BOOK NOW Thursday, 4 April 2019, time TBC     British Library 96 Euston Road London NW1 2DB BOOKINGS TBC MRS MOHR GOES MISSING by…

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£11/£8/£7 for single screening
  • KINOTEKA 2019: OPENING GALA – Another Day of Life

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 4 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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  • 309 Regent St. W1B 2UW
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    OPENING GALA – Another Day of Life Dir: Damian Nenow, Raúl de la Fuente Cast: Mirosław Haniszewski, Vergil J. Smith, Tomasz Ziętek BOOK TICKET TICKET OFFER 04 APR, 19:30 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: BELGIUM/SPAIN/GERMANY/POLAND/HUNGARY As Angola decolonises from Portuguese rule in 1975, a power struggle erupts between rival independence groups. Ryszard (Mirosław Haniszewski), a young foreign correspondent from the Polish Press Agency, travels to the front lines to illuminate the daily horrors and human stories behind the…

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£11/£8/£7 for single screening
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Pardon” (Kolski, 2018)

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 5 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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  • 309 Regent St. W1B 2UW
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    05 APR, 18:30 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: CZECH REPUBLIC/POLAND/SLOVAKIA In 1946, a Polish Home Army soldier is shot by the secret police of the new communist regime, who repeatedly desecrate the grave of the deceased. The soldier’s parents, Hanka (Grażyna Błęcka-Kolska) and Jakub (Jan Jankowski), decide to take their son’s body on a 500-kilometre journey to a proper burial. Told from the perspective of the grandson, this trip through post-war Poland exposes both the emergent scars…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Tower. A bright day” (Szelc, 2017)

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 6 2:20 PM to 5:00 PM
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  • 309 Regent St. W1B 2UW
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    06 APR, 14:20 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2017 COUNTRY: POLAND Kaja (Małgorzata Szczerbowska) has returned after a six-year absence and older sister Mula (Anna Krotoska) isn’t too happy to see her. A family gathering for the First Communion of Mula’s daughter provides an innocuous enough setting for reconciliation, but something isn’t quite right… In Tower. A Bright Day, the boundaries between reality and hallucination, common-sense and paranoia, Catholicism and pagan mysticism are all blurred to the keenest point…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Silent Night” (Domalewski, 2017)

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 6 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
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  • 309 Regent St. W1B 2UW
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    06 APR, 16:30 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2017 COUNTRY: POLAND Adam (Dawid Ogrodnik) has been working in The Netherlands to save money for his girlfriend (Agnieszka Suchora) and incoming baby. On Christmas Eve, he pays a surprise visit to his family home in Poland, where a night of vodka-fuelled family revelations and dramatic falling-outs unfold across the course of Christmas dinner. Silent Night depicts the necessary complexities of familial bonds and, in a neat touch, also explores issues…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Playing Hard” ( Dębska, 2018)

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 6 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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  • 309 Regent St. W1B 2UW
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    06 APR, 18:30 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: POLAND Dorota (Agata Kulesza) is a top prosecutor who uses her legal immunity – and her husband’s political capital – to conceal her illicit behaviour under the influence of alcohol. Magda (Maria Dębska) studies hard at university, but parties hard when she’s not in class. Teresa (Dorota Kolak) is a respected paediatric surgeon whose drunkenness at work has led her to lose contact with her family. For each of…

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  • Olga Stehlíková at The European Poetry Festival

    Rich Mix

  • April 6 7:30 PM to April 7 9:00 PM
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  • 35-47 Bethnal Green Road E1 6LA
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    Czech poet, editor and critic Olga Stehlíková is coming to The European Poetry Festival, which is bringing over 70 of Europe’s most innovative and dynamic literary and avant-garde poets to London, Norwich, Manchester, and Dublin for 9 events over 2 weeks in April. Olga Stehlíková will take part in the following two events: The European Camarade April Saturday 6th, 7.30 pm / Rich Mix, 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA Free event A remarkable event where 34 poets in 17 pairs…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “7 Emotions” (Koterski, 2018)

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 6 8:20 PM to 10:00 PM
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  • 309 Regent St. W1B 2UW
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    06 APR, 20:20 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: POLAND On the advice of his psychotherapist, Adaś (Michał Koterski) returns to his childhood to explore the seven basic emotions and understand better how his upbringing has impacted his adult life. Through experiencing the absurd trials and tribulations of youth once again, Adaś shines a painful if irresistibly funny light on child-adult relationships. Described by one critic as a cross between House and Witold Gombrowicz, 7 Emotions is a…

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£11/£8/£7 for single screening
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “JOURNEY FOR ONE SMILE” (Jędryka, 1972) + WORKSHOP FOR CHILDREN

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 7 12:00 AM to 3:00 PM
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    07 APR, 12:00 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1972 COUNTRY: POLAND Two teenage cousins, Duduś (Filip Łobodziński) and Poldek (Henryk Gołębiewski), are due to take a train to the seaside for their summer holidays. By a stroke of bad luck, they lose their money at the train station and decide instead to hitch-hike the long journey across the whole of Poland from Kraków to Hel. They have numerous adventures on their travels, learning something about themselves along the way.…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “A Cat with a Dog” (Kondratiuk, 2018)

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 7 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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    07 APR, 15:00 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018, COUNTRY: POLAND Film director Janusz (Robert Więckiewicz) has a strained relationship with his older brother Andrzej (Olgierd Łukaszewicz), the creator of a cult comedy from the 1970s. When Andrzej becomes paralysed by a stroke, it’s up to Janusz and his wife (Bożena Stachura) to take care of the brother in need, in spite of their differences. Inspired by the director’s real relationship with his late brother, this bittersweet comedy blends…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “The Butler” (Bajon 2018)

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 7 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
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  • 309 Regent St. W1B 2UW
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    07 APR, 17:00 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: POLAND When his mother dies, Kashubian boy Mateusz (Sebastian Fabijański) is taken in by the Prussian aristocrat Gerda von Krauss (Anna Radwan). In her palace, a love affair blossoms between Mateusz and the Countess’s daughter Marita (Marianna Zydek), while the boy’s godfather Bazyli (Janusz Gajos) is a Kashub patriot fighting against Prussian influence in his homeland. An epic costume drama, The Butler spans four decades during which ethnic tensions…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Ether” (Zanussi, 2018)

    Regent St. Cinema

  • April 7 7:50 PM to 10:00 PM
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  • 309 Regent St. W1B 2UW
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    07 APR, 19:50 REGENT STREET CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: POLAND/UKRAINE/HUNGARY/LITHUANIA/ITALY A Polish doctor (Jacek Poniedziałek) working in the Russian Empire uses ether to rape a woman, accidentally murdering her. By a stroke of unjust luck, he is reassigned to a border fortress in the Austro-Hungarian Empire, where he continues his chemical experiments as the subtle murmurings of a barbaric upcoming war beckon him to increasingly immoral ends. In Ether, Krzysztof Zanussi again tackles the moral anxiety that results…

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£10/£8
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Family Life” (Zanussi, 1971)

    Close-Up Film Centre

  • April 8 8:15 PM to 10:00 PM
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  • 19 Sclater St. E1 6HR
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    08 APR, 20:15 CLOSE UP CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1971 COUNTRY: POLAND Wit (Daniel Olbrychski) reluctantly returns to his family home when he is asked to take care of his gravely-ill father (Jan Kreczmar). Upon entering the dark confines of a house that he has not visited in six years, Wit is again exposed to the idiosyncratic pathologies of his father, sister and aunt. Family Life is a reflection on the emotional claustrophobia of familial bonds and the seeming inability…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Monument” (Szelc, 2018) + Q&A with director Jagoda Szelc

    BFI Southbank

  • April 9 12:00 PM
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    09 APR, 00:00 BFI SOUTHBANK YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: POLAND A group of students arrive at a remote hotel for their internship. At this provincial outpost – somewhere between The Shining and The Hourglass Sanatorium – they discover a surprisingly strict manager and some unexpected services on offer. As the students attempt to deal with their new reality, the impulse of bloody hysteria scratches away at their sanity. Jagoda Szelc’s second film is a deeply unsettling psychological horror, disorienting…

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£12 / £11 for single screen bookings
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “My Friend, the Polish Girl” (Banaszkiewicz & Dymek, 2018)

    ICA

  • April 9 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
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    09 APR, 18:30 ICA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: POLAND/UK American filmmaker Katie (Emma Friedman- Cohen) sets out to create a documentary about the lives of migrants in post-Brexit referendum London. She casts aspiring Polish actress Alicja (Aneta Piotrowska) as the main figure of her documentary, instructing her to simply act as if the camera isn’t there. A visual mix of cinéma vérité and video blogging, My Friend the Polish Girl also raises questions about the role of truth and…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Nina” (Chajdas, 2018) + Q&A with director Olga Chajdas

    BFI Southbank

  • April 10 8:10 PM to 10:00 PM
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    Nina (Julia Kijowska) and Wojtek (Andrzej Konopka) are a mismatched couple who hope that having a child will save their failing marriage. They need a surrogate and come across Magda (Eliza Rycembel), a self-assured, independent lesbian woman. Nina soon starts to feel an intoxicating attraction to Magda, which complicates the potential surrogacy. Shot in beautiful soft-focus, Nina is an energetic and frank depiction of the twists and turns of romantic intimacy. The film netted awards at the Rotterdam International Film…

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£12 / £11 for single screen bookings
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “LOVE EXPRESS. THE DISAPPEARANCE OF WALERIAN BOROWCZYK” (Mikurda, 2018)

    ICA

  • April 11 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM
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    11 APR, 18:30 ICA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: POLAND/ESTONIA Walerian Borowczyk is perhaps one of the most well-known Polish artists in the West, popular for his early animated films and a series of French productions. From the height of his fame in the 1970s, Borowczyk took a sharp tumble, being labelled as a pornographer for his depictions of subversive eroticism. Love Express draws on interviews with the likes of Terry Gilliam, Bertrand Bonello, Andrzej Wajda and Slavoj Žižek in…

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£10.50
  • KINOTEKA 2019: LEM SHORTS PROGRAMME + SCREENTALK

    Barbican Centre

  • April 11 6:45 PM to 8:00 PM
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  • 11 APR, 18:45 BARBICAN YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1968/2010 ROLY POLYDirector: Andrzej Wajda Writer: Stanisław Lem Cast: Bogumił Kobiela, Anna Prucnal Poland, 1968, 30 min Two rally car drivers, Ryszard (Bogumił Kobiela) and Tomasz, end up in hospital following a crash. Ryszard survives after being transplanted 48.5% of Tomasz’s body, which leads the insurance company to declare Tomasz ‘incompletely deceased’ and refuse to pay out life insurance to his widow. This tragicomedy was adapted from a Lem radio play, marking a…

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£12 / £11 for single screen bookings
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “End of Life” (Bruce & Wojtasik, 2018)

    ICA

  • April 11 8:45 PM to 10:00 PM
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    11 APR, 20:45 ICA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: GREECE/USA How do we respond to the impending inevitability of death? Might it, in fact, be possible to experience a ‘good death’? End of Life took four years to complete, during which the directors trained as end-of-life doulas and filmed hundreds of hours of interactions with their subjects. The result is an intimate meditation that focuses on the bodies and living spaces of five individuals approaching death, capturing the temporal poetics…

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  • KINOTEKA 2019: “ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE – BFF” (Nenow & de la Fuente, 2018)

    QUEENS FILM THEATRE

  • April 12 6:45 PM to 9:00 PM
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  • 20 University Square, Belfast, BT7 1PA
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    12 APR, 18:45 QUEENS FILM THEATRE YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2018 COUNTRY: BELGIUM/SPAIN/GERMANY/POLAND/HUNGARY As Angola decolonises from Portuguese rule in 1975, a power struggle erupts between rival independence groups. Ryszard (Mirosław Haniszewski), a young foreign correspondent from the Polish Press Agency, travels to the front lines to illuminate the daily horrors and human stories behind the conflict. Based on the real-life experiences that acclaimed Polish journalist Ryszard Kapuściński documented in his book of the same name, Another Day of Life is…

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£10/£8.80
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “On the Silver Globe” (Żuławski, 1988)

    The Horse Hospital

  • April 12 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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  • Colonnade, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1JD
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    12 APR, 19:00 THE HORSE HOSPITAL YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1988 COUNTRY: POLAND With Earth’s civilisation in decay, a team of astronauts are sent to populate a new planet. The last original survivor Jerzy (Jerzy Trela) is treated by the emergent feudal society as a demi-god, and sends a video diary back to Earth before his death. Hundreds of years later, the video is found. Marek (Andrzej Seweryn) is sent to explore the planet, where the violent human civilisation is at…

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£10.50
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Silent Star” (Maetzig, 1960)

    Barbican Centre, Cinema 3

  • April 13 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM
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  • 13 APR, 16:00 BARBICAN YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1960 COUNTRY: POLAND/EAST GERMANY After a mysterious flight recorder found in the Gobi Desert is traced to the planet Venus, an international space crew is dispatched to decipher its message and discover what has become of the alien civilisation. This high-budget adaptation of Lem’s first novel The Astronauts is notable for its inspired set design of a post-apocalyptic alien landscape and its memorable robot helper Omega. It was also the world’s first sci-fi…

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£10/£8
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “The Hourglass Sanatorium” (Has, 1973)

    Close-Up Film Centre

  • April 13 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
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  • 19 Sclater St. E1 6HR
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    13 APR, 18:00 CLOSE UP CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1973 COUNTRY: POLAND Józef (Jan Nowicki) travels to the sanatorium where his father (Taduesz Kondrat) is staying. Upon arrival, he discovers a ruinous wonderland where time slowly drips away and the borders between dreams, memories and fantasies are never quite clear. Inspired by the literature of Bruno Schulz, The Hourglass Sanatorium captures the mystical poetics of an author characterised by labyrinthine surrealism. Although the Polish authorities forbid Wojciech Has from submitting…

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£10/£8
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Hands Up!” (Skolimowski, 1981)

    Close-Up Film Centre

  • April 13 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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  • 19 Sclater St. E1 6HR
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    13 APR, 18:00 CLOSE UP CINEMA YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 1981 COUNTRY: FRANCE/POLAND A group of former university friends reunite in the cattle truck of a freight train, where they reminisce about the brutal realities of Stalinism during their student days (and reflect on what’s become of them). Banned by Communist censors upon its original completion in 1967, Hands Up! was finally released in 1981 with an additional metatextual prologue that riffs on the film’s troubled history. The surrealism of the…

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£11/£8.80
  • KINOTEKA 2019: ON THE SILVER GLOBE – LOST IN TRANSMISSION TALK

    The Horse Hospital

  • April 13 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM
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  • Colonnade, Bloomsbury, WC1N 1JD
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    13 APR, 19:00 THE HORSE HOSPITAL Readings, photos, recordings and recollections with Grażyna Dyląg, Andrzej Jaroszewicz, Adam Żuławski & Daniel Bird. Who was Jerzy Żuławski? How did he come to write ‘the lunar trilogy’ upon which On the Silver Globe is based? What was it like being directed by Andrzej Żuławski? How was an expansive sci-fi world fashioned on a shoe-string budget? Why was the film shut down? How was it resurrected? Why, after more than forty years, is On…

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£10.50
  • KINOTEKA 2019: “Solyaris” (Ishimbaeva & Nirenburg)

    Barbican Centre

  • April 14 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM
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  • 14 APR, 15:00 BARBICAN YEAR OF PRODUCTION: USSR COUNTRY: USSR When Dr Kris Kelvin (Vasiliy Lanovoy) arrives at the Solaris space station, he discovers a deeply traumatised crew. Haunting apparitions are slowly driving them mad, seemingly emanating from the mind of the sentient ocean planet they have been researching. Soon enough, Kelvin is forced to deal with his own guilt-ridden past, as his dead wife appears in his sleeping quarters. The first adaptation of Lem’s novel Solaris, this rare black-and-white…

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