Are you a fan of movies? Do you like experiencing cinema from across the globe, rather than limiting yourself to Hollywood and the UK film industry? Well in that case you might be interested in Kinoteka, the UK-wide annual Polish Film Festival.
After 11 years, Kinoteka has entered into its second decade with a bang, introducing the curious British public to some of the greatest cinema to ever come out of Poland, as well as offering up examples of their freshest talent. We’re being invited to broaden our celluloid horizons by attending one of the many screenings up and down the country from the 7th-17th March 2013.
The festival is to open with the UK Première of Promised Land, the digitally remastered classic directed by Polish legend Andrzej Wajda, which you can view in the Barbican Centre, London on 7th March. You can also catch two other digitally remastered films: Krzysztof Zanussi’s Illumination, and Wojciech Marczewski’s Escape From The ‘Liberty’ Cinema.
They’re not just showing the old classics though. Polish cinema has been thriving of late, and the festival is proud to represent the fresh faces of the industry and give them a well deserved UK screening. Imagine by Andrzej Jakimowksi, Marcin Krzyształowicz’s Manhunt, and Wojciech Smarzowski’s Rose, which has been described by Variety as “almost unbearably brutal yet hauntingly romantic,” are also playing at the festival in 2013.
We recently interviewed director, Michał Marczak, a man who’s latest documentary F*ck For Forest, is also playing. You can catch the film about Berlin’s most intriguing charity at the Curzon Soho on 11 March followed by a panel discussion (which is sure to be interesting), before it is generally released in the UK later on in the year.
And that’s just a handful of the films you’re being given the opportunity to view.
Workshops and talks
What kind of festival would Kinoteka be though, if it screened films and didn’t offer the general public the opportunity to join in on the fun? There are a number of interactive cinema workshops on offer, for writers and directors courtesy of Kinoteka Studio. You can learn how to pitch a script, discuss the craft of story development, and attend master-classes hosted by Polish and British directors on the process of professional directing.
One of the big names giving a talk at Kinoteka is the cinematographer and long-time collaborator of Roman Polanski’s, Paweł Edelman. Having won a European Film Award, and a former Academy Award and BAFTA nominee, he can impart his wisdom onto you after working on films like Carnage, The Pianist and Kroll.
Kinoteka is also launching the national short filmmaking Frantic Films Competition, in relation to the iconic cinema of Polish great, Roman Polanski.
Plus, children can get in on the fun too with animation workshops which are inspired by the art of Witold Giersz. Plus you get to discover Polish culinary wonders, thanks to the Polish Society of Chefs and Pastry Chefs. The treats will be served throughout the festival at the Riverside Café.
So if you want to attend the festival, screenings and workshops are being held in London, Liverpool, Belfast and Edinburgh. For full venue listings and more information about the screenings, visit the Kinoteka Film Festival official website.