Polish film festival Kinoteka will be online between 12 November–6 December with a mix of new offerings and lesser-known gems from the 70s and 80s.
Organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in London, the festival begins with Monika Jordan-Młodzianowska’s directorial debut, love triangle drama and thriller Iron Bridge. Other feature films include Agnieszka Holland’s latest film, Charlatan, which tells the story of a Czech herbalist persecuted by the communist regime, and Jacek Borcuch’s Dolce Fine Giornata, following a Jewish-Polish Nobel Prize-winning poet living in Tuscany, who starts a relationship with a younger Egyptian man, despite the outrage of the community.
Now in its 18th edition, the festival also spotlights three masterpieces from the 70s and 80s: Krzysztof Zanussi’s 1977 campus film Camouflage, Marek Piwowski’s 1970 cult comedy The Cruise, and Wojciech Marczewski’s Silver Bear winning 1981 film Shivers, which was banned in communist Poland.
Among the documentaries, In Touch dives into online and real-life communication in a village community during self-isolation, Our Little Poland tracks Japanese students’ struggle to learn Polish, and Marek Edelman… And There Was Love in the Ghetto finds romance in the Warsaw ghetto.
Find out more here.