Polish films at the 29th annual New York Jewish Film Festival
Walter Reade Theater
165 W 65th St, New York, NY 10023
Among Polish accents during the festival there will be two Polish productions and co-productions: NY Premier of Dolce Fine Giornata, directed by Jacek Borcuch and starring Krystyna Janda and Katarzyna Smutniak; and Polish-German-French co-production The Birch Tree Meadow, directed by Marceline Loridan-Ivens and starring Zbigniew Zamachowski and Anouk Aimée.
Dolce Fine Giornata, directed by Jacek Borcuch
Poland, 2018, 96 min.
January 27th, 12:45PM & 6PM
A freethinking Polish Jewish Nobel Prize–winning poet (Krystyna Janda) living in the Tuscan countryside grows fond of a younger immigrant, which gradually begins to fracture her relationships with her husband and daughter. After a terrorist attack in Rome leads to anti-immigrant hysteria, she boldly speaks out against the European perspective, and her comments wreak unexpected havoc for her, for the immigrant, and for her family. Dolce Fine Giornata peers into the lives and attitudes of small-town Italy, from the perspective of an uncompromising and brilliant woman who consistently stands for what she values most.
Krystyna Janda has won World Cinematic Dramatic Special Jury Award for Acting at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Film was written by Jacek Borcuch and Szczepan Twardoch.
The Birch Tree Meadow, directed by Marceline Loridan-Ivens
France/Germany/Poland, 2003, 91 min
January 22, 1:15 PM & 8:15 PM
Introduction by Richard Peña, Professor of Professional Practice in Film, Columbia University, at the 8:15pm screening
Anouk Aimée and August Diehl star in this astounding autobiographical drama by Marceline Loridan-Ivens, a French filmmaker and memoirist who passed away in 2018. Aimée plays Myriam, a filmmaker and Holocaust survivor who has lived in New York for years. When she returns to Europe for a reunion of fellow survivors, she confronts her past and visits Auschwitz, the scene of her “murdered adolescence.” There, she meets Diehl’s Oskar, a young photographer coming to grips with his grandfather’s role in the SS. This extraordinary film, which screened in the 2004 NYJFF, is a profoundly moving reflection on memory from a true iconoclast of French cinema.