KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival

Say cześć to the best in new Polish cinema.

Delve into a selection of 21st-century highlights rarely screened in the UK; multiple award-winners, auspicious debuts, comedies, dramas and documentaries, all telling strong stories and giving insight into contemporary Polish culture.

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Kill It and Leave This TownKill It and Leave This Town

Animation & Artists Moving Image202088 minsDirector: Mariusz Wilczynski

This nightmarish, haunting and beautifully poetic animation is a deeply personal tale from self-taught animator Mariusz Wilczyński that was 15 years in the making.

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The Children of Leningradsky The Children of Leningradsky

Documentary200434 minsDirector: Hanna Polak

Oscar-nominated documentary following children found fighting for survival on the streets and railway stations of Moscow.

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Day of the Wacko Day of the Wacko

Drama200390 minsDirector: Marek Koterski

In this delightfully absurdist comedy, a misanthropic teacher enacts an incessant interior tirade against the modern world and the indignities of modern life.

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33 Scenes From Life 33 Scenes From Life

Drama200895 minsDirector: Małgorzata Szumowska

Dark drama studded with pitch black comedy from Małgorzata Szumowska (Mug, The Other Lamb, Never Gonna Snow Again), about a successful photographer whose life unravels spectacularly.

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Reverse Reverse

Drama200996 minsDirector: Borys Lankosz

The impact of Stalinist politics is revealed through the everyday lives of three Polish women, in this remarkable black comedy that took the festival circuit by storm.

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Hi, Tereska!Hi, Tereska!

Drama200186 minsDirector: Robert Glinski

A series of ill-judged choices divert 15-year-old Tereska into a cycle of violence and poverty, in this strong, visceral coming-of-age drama.

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All These Sleepless Nights All These Sleepless Nights

Documentary2016103 minsDirector: Michal Marczak

Michal Marczak won a Directing Award at Sundance 2016 for this immersive profile of two twentysomethings as they roam night-time Warsaw, shot over the course of a year.

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You Have No Idea How Much I Love You You Have No Idea How Much I Love You

Drama-documentary201681 minsDirector: Pawel Lozinski

Deeply intimate documentary in which a mother and her daughter take part in a family therapy to improve their painful relationship.

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Drama201194 minsDirector: Wojciech Smarzowski

Agata Kulesza (Ida) won the Polish Academy Award for Best Actress for this devastating tale of wartime survival and shared trauma.

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Thriller2018102 minsDirector: Agnieszka Smoczynska

Agnieszka Smoczyńska’s follow up to The Lure (2015) is an unsettling, gripping psychodrama about a woman trying to rebuild her family life after two years' absence with severe memory loss.

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Saviour Square Saviour Square

Drama2006105 minsDirector: Krzysztof Krauze

Timely slice of social realism following a family forced to stay in a cramped relative's flat and the eruption of tensions that ensue.