KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival Goes Digital As they Reveal 2020 Line Up

When I think about 2020, I always thing of the Edwyn Collins/Orange Juice song ‘Rip It Up’. Film festivals are having to ‘rip it up’ and start again, KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival. After attempting to launch their annual festival earlier in the year, today they announce their 2020 line up, finally!

Like majority of film festivals worldwide KINOTEKA is now fully online for the 18th edition of the festival. Expanding on this year’s earlier postponed programme, continuing their mission to showcase an exciting range of Polish cinema from new and established talents in film and documentary-making. The festival also continues to work with its partners to showcase films through winter and spring right through to next year’s 2021 festival.

2020 festival launches on 12th November with the gripping love triangle drama Iron Bridge from debut filmmaker Monika Jordan-Młodzianowska and strives to highlight lesser known gems ripe for rediscovery from filmmakers such as Krzysztof Zanussi and new work from eminent Polish filmmakers including Agnieszka Holland.
NEW POLISH CINEMA ENVELOPEPUSHING NEW FILMS

Showcasing all that contemporary Polish cinema has to offer from Borys Lankosz’s smart genre blend of film noir and thriller DARK, ALMOST NIGHT to Jacek Borcuch’s complex moral drama DOLCE FINE GIORNATA which features a standout performance from Krystyna Janda that earned her the World Cinema Dramatic Special Jury Award at Sundance Film Festival. Also featured are Małgorzata Imielska’s touchingly honest ALL FOR MY MOTHER and the family-friendly ROCK ‘N’ ROLL EDDIE.

12.11 | Iron Bridge | Monika Jordan-Młodzianowska
13.11 | Black Mercedes | Janusz Majewski| UK Jewish Festival in partnership with PCI
14.11 | Dark, Almost Night | Borys Lankosz
20.11 | Dolce Fine Giornata | Jacek Borcuch
21.1124.11 | Charlatan | (Agnieszka Holland) In partnership with Made in Prague 2020 On/Off Festival & Czech Centre
27.11 | Mr Jones | Agnieszka Holland
28.11 | All For My Mother | Małgorzata Imielska
06.12 | Rock’n’Roll Eddie | Tomasz Szafrański
DOCUMENTARIES EYE-OPENING STORIES FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE

Diverse, historical and contemporary portraits of Polish life are presented this year. Themes of isolation in a seemingly all-connected world are explored in Pawel Ziemilski’s IN TOUCH, Japanese students’ struggle with learning the Polish language in Bobik Matiej’s OUR LITTLE POLAND and there is a bold account of the romantic intimacy amidst the tragedy of the Warsaw Ghetto with Jolanta Dylewska’s MAREK EDELMAN… AND THERE WAS LOVE IN THE GHETTO.

19.11 | Our Little Poland |Bobik Matiej
26.11 | Marek Edelman… And There Was Love In Ghetto | Jolanta Dylewska
03.12 | In Touch | Pawel Ziemilski

RETROSPECTIVES UNDISCOVERED MASTERS

A chance to discover subversive, satirical masterpieces afresh including Krzysztof Zanussi’s subtle but fierce critique of Communist Party politics in CAMOUFLAGE, Marek Piwowski’s THE CRUISE which is widely regarded as Poland’s first ‘cult’ film and Wojciech Marczewski’s silver bear-winning film SHIVERS.

12.116.12 | Shivers | Wojciech Marczewski
12.116.12 | Camouflage | 1977 | Krzysztof Zanussi
12.116.12 | The Cruise | 1970 | Marek Piwowski

EXTENDED PROGRAMME

The festival’s extended programme takes in socially-distanced film screenings and events into the new year including MISTER T. from filmmaker Marcin Krzyształowicz, which elegantly mixes post-war politics, vodka and basement jazz in a beautifully photographed look at the absurdities of the communist state. Agnieszka Holland’s new film CHARLATAN will also be screening as part of the extended programme. Please see website for updates.

Venue TBC | Mister T (Marcin Krzyształowicz)
Venue TBC | Charlatan | (Agnieszka Holland) In partnership with Made in Prague 2020 On/Off Festival & Czech Centre

Full programme and to purchase tickets at Kinoteka Film Festival website.

The 18th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival takes place online from 12th November to 6th December.