The Days of Polish Cinema is a project of the Polish Institute in Kyiv, which will be held for the fifteenth time this year – this time on-line on polskino.takflix.com.
The program traditionally includes the most interesting works of Polish cinema of two recent years, which have already received awards of prestigious international film festivals and viewers’ and critics’ acclaim.
Presentation of the festival in “Zhovten” Cinema (tickets – at the box offices).
October, 16 | 19:00
Corpus Christi | Boże Ciało
Directed by Jan Komasa
Poland, France | 116 min | 2019 | drama
The story of a 20-year-old Daniel who experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a Youth Detention Center. He wants to become a priest but this is impossible because of his criminal record. When he is sent to work at a carpenter’s workshop in a small town, on arrival he dresses up as a priest and accidentally takes over the local parish. The arrival of the young, charismatic preacher is an opportunity for the local community to begin the healing process after a tragedy that happened there. Academy Award Nominee – Best International Feature Film
October, 17 | 19:00
Opening Film: Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz / Ikar. Legenda Mietka Kosza
Directed by Maciej Pieprzyca
Poland | 122 min | 2019 | biografical
Mietek loses sight as a child. His mother enrolls him to the Laski Center for Blind Children run by nuns, where he learns that music can be a way of seeing and communicating with the world. He pursues a classical piano education until he discovers music of Bill Evans. From this moment on, he has only one goal – to become the best jazz pianist in Poland.
October, 18 | 19:00
Nothing is lost | Nic nie ginie
Directed by Kalina Alabrudzińska
Poland | 71 min | 2019 | psychological
The characters in the movie are a part of a strong and important community – the community of lonely people. When they allow nature to act, their own nature begins to change.
October, 23 | 19:00
Directed by Bartosz Kruhlik
Poland | 78 min | 2019 | thriller
Three men, one place and one event that will change the life of each one of them.
October, 24 | 19:00
The Iron Bridge / Żelazny most
Directed by Monika Jordan-Młodzianowska
Poland | 84 min | 2019 | melodrama
Dramatic story about three people involved in a love relationship. Kacper (Bartłomiej Topa) working as mine foreman has an affair with the wife of his friend, Oskar (Łukasz Simlat), also a miner. In order to meet his lover, Magda (Julia Kijowska), Kacper sends Oskar to work in distant and dangerous mine sections.
During their another meeting, there is a rockburst in the mine, and Oskar gets stuck in a collapsed drift. Lovers rush into the rescue operation while struggling with guilt and the awareness that they indirectly contributed to the drama of the trapped husband and friend. The deep affection they have for each other is not helpful for them at all. Too many questions, decisions not taken still remain unsolved, and the inability to confront the missing husband forces the lovers to search for answers in themselves.
October, 25 | 14:00
Clozing Film: Legions | Legiony
*”Zhovten” Cinema (tickets – at the box offices).
Directed by Dariusz Gajewski
Poland | 140 min | 2019 | historical
A universal story about entering adulthood in difficult times, growing up to the community. The great history is the background for the love story unfolding in the foreground: Józek, a deserter from the tsarists army who joins the emerging Legions, an intelligence agent for the I Brigade and Women’s Leage member – Ola and Tadek, her fiancee, a member of Shooting Team.
Apart from fictitious characters whose stories were modeled on the biographies of real legionnaires, many historical figures appear in the film. Among them: Brigadier Józef Pilsudski, Lieutenant Stanislaw Kaszubski, pseud. “King” and many others. The film focuses on the Legion’s combat trail from1914-1916, from the departure from Oleandry to the battle of Kosciuchnowka and show the most dramatic cards of the legionary epic, including the famous attack of uhlans at Rokitna – one of the most spectacular scenes in the film.
Films are in Polish with Ukrainian and Polish subtitles.