Programme for WPFF 2016
We where thrilled to present the inaugural Wellington Polish Film Festival. If you would like a PDF version of the printed programme please download here.
- Sep 30, 2016 Opening Night Gala Screening – 11 Minutes
- Oct 1, 2016 Body
- Oct 2, 2016 Three Colours Trilogy: White
- Oct 2, 2016 Kebab and Horoscope
- Oct 2, 2016 United States of Love
- Oct 3, 2016 11 Minutes
- Oct 4, 2016 The Double Life Of Veronique
- Oct 5, 2016 Lodz Film School Special Presentation - The Singing Napkin
- Oct 6, 2016 Three Colours Trilogy: White
- Oct 6, 2016 The Lure
- Oct 7, 2016 United States of Love
- Oct 8, 2016 Kebab and Horoscope
- Oct 8, 2016 The Lure
- Oct 9, 2016 Body
- Oct 9, 2016 The Double Life of Veronique – Closing Night
- Feature with Short
Short Film Programme
- Oct 4, 2016 Lodz Film School Presents - Great Directors
- Special Event
The Wellington Polish Film Festival 2016 ushered in the very first Polish film festival in New Zealand, screening a diverse range of films and showcasing Polish art and culture in the heart of Wellington.
WPFF 2016 opened with a gala screening of Jerzy Skolimowski’s spectacular and explosive drama-thriller ‘11 Minutes’ kicking off 10 days of thought-provoking and entertaining Polish cinema. The film programme ranged from feature narratives, documentary, shorts and animation. Highlights included, 2016 Berlinale's Silver Bear winner Tomasz Wasilewska’s stark and emotionally intense United States of Love. Agnieszka Smoczynska’s internationally successful adult fairy tale-musical of vampire mermaids brought the house down at popular screenings of her film The Lure. WPFF 2016 also screened one of Poland’s significant and award-winnning productions of 2015, prominent Polish filmmaker Malgorzata Szumowska’s Body. The film continued its winning streak, going on to win a gong at the 2016 European Film Awards. Documentary highlights presented by Krakow Film Foundation included Paulina Skibinska’s short documentary, Object, Teresa Czepiec's Superunit and Grzegorz Szczepaniak's Snails. The crowd-pleasing feature documentary screenings of Solidarity According to Women by Piotr Sliwowski and Marta Dzido offered a lesser known perspective of Poland's Solidarity-era. To honour the memory of the late renowned Polish film director, Krzysztof Kieslowski, WPFF 2016 were delighted to present retrospectives of his early student films brought to the festival by Poland’s leading film and arts school the Lodz Film School together with some of his great feature masterpieces. Kieslowski’s The Double Life of Veronique left us with the mesmerising performance of Irene Jacobs on closing night, which farewelled WPFF 2016 and welcomed future WPFF editions.