Wajda and Zanussi head up Kinoteka Polish Film Festival 2013

Laurence Boyce 15th December 2012

Remastered films from Polish legends highlight annual showcase of Polish cinema in London.

The Kinoteka Polish Film Festival - due to be held March 7-17 2013 - has fast become an important and respected showcase for a country whose film industry whose output include fresh and exciting voices alongside some true legends of filmmaking. The 11th edition of the festival promises to include award-winning films from Poland’s great auteurs to cutting edge, exciting work from a new generation of Polish film-making talent. 

The Opening Night film is the UK premiere of the re-mastered classic, Promised Land (Ziemia Obiecana), directed by legendary auteur, Andrzej Wajda which will be held at the Barbican. A tale of three young friends, a Pole, a Jew and a German who pool their money together to build a factory and their ruthless pursuit of fortune.

Accompanying the screening of Andrzej Wajda’s Promised Land, Kinoteka will also present new remastered copies of Krzysztof Zanussi’s Illumination and The Escape From Liberty by Wojciech Marczewski, all screened at the Barbican and released during the festival on by Second Run DVD as the second edition of its critically acclaimed “Polish Cinema Classics’ series.

Highlights in the Contemporary Polish Cinema section, screening at Riverside include Imagine, by Andrzej Jakimowski, a Polish/UK production starring Brit actor, Ed Hogg; also, Katarzyna Roslaniec’s follow-up to her acclaimed debut Mall Girls, Baby Blues, which explores teenage pregnancy; in addition, Wojciech Smarzowski’s Rose and Marcin Krysztalowicz’s gritty WWII drama, Manhunt, both starring the reknowned actor, Marcin Dorocinski and with an unexpected shift into erotic thriller territory, director Jan Jakub Kolski’s Killing a Beaver whose Eryk Lubos, was the recipient of the Best Actor Award at this year’s Karlovy Vary Film Festival.

The Centre Piece Gala and UK premiere, Fk For Forest, directed by Michał Marczak promises to raise a few eyebrows as well as people’s awareness. Can sex save the world? This Berlin NGO thinks so and raises funds for its environmental causes by making and selling amateur porn on the internet.  On general release 29 March courtesy of Dogwoof.

In order to celebrate this year’s sensual theme, Kinoteka have commissioned one of Hollywood’s most prolific movie poster designers, Polish artist, Tomasz Opasinski to create his own interpretation of Polish cinema adding one more unique piece to his legendary body of work which includes iconic posters for Bourne Ultimatum and The Devil Wears Prada. There will be an accompanying exhibition of Opasinski’s original posters at the Riverside Studios.

This year the Tate Modern in collaboration with LUX will host a series of screenings from Polish revered artist and filmmaker, Wojciech Bruszewski, featuring a fascinating retrospective of his ground-breaking moving image experiments, deconstructing the mental clichés of perception and laying bear the power of media manipulation

Also at the Barbican, the Closing Night event is Project Kleksploitation, a musical and visual feast based on the film music of Andrzej Korzynski (Everything For Sale, Possession), composer of more than 120 films including the cult children’s classic, ‘Pan Kleks’. Presented by Andy Votel from Finders Keepers, in conjunction with the Unsound Festival in Krakow, Votel describes the event as Polish psycho-disco re-explored.

Kinoteka will be presenting a number of interactive cinema workshops for writers and directors in partnership with the London Film Academy and New Horizons, Poland and also for children with a number of free animation workshops inspired by Witold Giersz’ work, in collaboration with the London International Animation Festival.

The festival will launch a national short filmmaking competition inspired by Roman Polanski’s work and in conjunction with the BFI’s upcoming Polanski Retrospective, which will be judged by a panel of film professionals who worked with Polanski. As a follow up to the BFI retrospective, KINOTEKA will also present a masterclass with Polanski’s regular DoP, Pawel Edelman, at the BFI Southbank and organised in conjunction with BAFTA.

You can find out more at the Kinoteka website.

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