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‘Pilecki’ (Krzyszkowskiego, 2015) screening and Q&A with Anthony Polonsky and Mary Fulbrook – an evening ‘driven by the passion and scholarship of Polonsky and Fulbrook’

Pilecki’s a Polish film about an undoubted World War II hero: Witold Pilecki (1901-1948), a member of the Polish resistance, who allowed himself to be arrested and sent to Auschwitz, from where he could escape again, providing one of the first accounts of Nazi atrocities in the concentration camps. Truly exceptional, it’s hardly any wonder…

Alison Miller | 09/02/2019
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KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival in London 2019: Opening Night Gala announced as Award-winning Memoir ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE

AWARD-WINNING EXTRAORDINARY ANIMATED MEMOIR ‘ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE’ TO OPEN 17TH KINOTEKA POLISH FILM FESTIVAL IN LONDON   WITH SPECIAL INTRODUCTION FROM ACCLAIMED JOURNALIST AND AUTHOR VICTORIA BRITTAIN   “Rarely less than spectacular” The Hollywood Reporter on ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE   Thursday 31 January 2019 – KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival in London is delighted…

Julia Secklehner | 08/02/2019
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Polish History in 6 minutes: Short animated videos presenting Poland’s historical impact on the world

Women fighting for Polish independence – Video 6′  Polish women fought for Poland’s independence including in the battle of Monte Cassino which was won by the Allies in 1944. Find out more about brave Polish women fighting for Polish independence throughout history.   Poland’s underground state – 6’ The Polish Underground State (Polish: Polskie Państwo…

Julia Secklehner | 31/12/2018
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Film Review: ‘Bridges of Time’ (Briede & Stonys, 2018) – ‘a film that charmed and delivered its message with a warm heart’

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Here’s the thing. Imagine living in a society where self-expression is strictly censored. When you go to the cinema, in the images and stories you see, people are most valued as cogs in the state machine. Imagine also that you’re a documentary film-maker, passionate about revealing the lived experience of people in their day to day…

Alison Miller | 21/12/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague REVIEW: ‘The Limits of Work’ (Rychliková, 2017) + Q&A – ‘Heroism is not to speak out but to stick it out.’

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‘Be glad you have work’, is written on a toilet wall, and added underneath: ‘You know best, asshole.’  In the award-winning documentary The Limits of Work, journalist Saša Uhlová goes undercover to reveal what it’s like to experience working conditions in the lowest paid jobs in the Czech republic. Getting up at 5am and leaving her husband…

Alison Miller | 16/11/2018
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Book and Film Adaptation REVIEW: ‘Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead’ (Tokarczuk, 2009) vs. ‘Spoor’ (Holland, 2017)

On 16 October, Curzon Bloomsbury hosted a screening of a Spoor, a film adaptation of Olga Tokarczuk’s novel Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead, which was translated into English this year, just after its author won the Man Booker International Prize for her constellation novel Flights (2007, translated in 2018).  The Screening was followed…

Iga Szczodrowska | 08/11/2018
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CZECH100 Made in Prague REVIEW: ‘Insects’ (Švankmajer, 2018) – ‘an extraordinary project’

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Jan Švankmajer adapting a play by the Čapek brothers: this combination alone suggests that Insects must be an extraordinary project. Based on Karel and Josef Capek’s Pictures from the Insects’ Life (1922), filmmaker and artist Švankmajer has created a surreal comedy, which is pieced together by scenes from the actual film and behind-the-scenes insights. It starts…

Julia Secklehner | 07/11/2018