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***KINOTEKA 2019*** Interview with Film-Maker Krzysztof Zanussi, Part One: “Life’s like being in a jungle. One wrong step and you’re lost.”

CEEL contributor Alison Miller met Polish director Krzysztof Zanussi before the screening of his latest film, Ether (2018), at the 17th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival in London. Alison Miller:  What I found fascinating about Ether was the way the philosophical questions were posed along-side a powerful historical drama – emotion was infused from one scene to the…

Alison Miller | 16/04/2019
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KINOTEKA Preview: “Monument” (Szelc, 2018) – “experimental raw cinema”

After the tremendous success of her film debut Tower. Bright Day last year, Jagoda Szelc took up the seemingly risky yet ultimately rewarding task of directing an Acting degree show for Lodz Film School students. The challenges of such task included an extremely low budget (Szelc often describes it as a “nano-budget” in interviews) and the…

Iga Szczodrowska | 09/04/2019
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**KINOTEKA 2019** Interview with Marlena Łukasiak, Kinoteka’s Artistic Director and Producer

This week, the 17th Kinoteka Polish Film Festival opens in London and Belfast. The festival will include a Stanisław Lem retrospective at the Barbican, the new film Ether from the renowned Krzysztof Zanussi and a celebration of new female filmmakers at the BFI Southbank, including Olga Chajdas’s award-winning LGBT romance Nina. The festival will close with a…

Rebecca Bell | 05/04/2019
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Remembering Jan Patočka: “The Socrates of Prague” (Willems, 2017) – ‘For those living through the bewildering chaos of Brexit in the UK his ideas couldn’t be more germane to charting a way out of the crisis.’

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In 1977, Jan Patočka became the unlikely spokesperson of the civil right movement Charter 77, challenging the flagrant disregard of human rights in Czechoslovakia.  Forty years later, his ideas have become very relevant in the time of increasing national chauvinism within Europe and elsewhere. For those living through the bewildering chaos of Brexit in the…

Alison Miller | 19/03/2019
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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