Spoor / Pokot

Spoor / Pokot

Director: Agnieszka Holland in collaboration with Kasia Adamik

Retired civil engineer Janina Duszejko lives a secluded life in a mountain village close to the border between Poland and the Czech Republic. She is charismatic and eccentric, a passionate astrologer and a strict vegetarian. One day her beloved dogs disappear. On a snowy winter’s night shortly afterwards she discovers the dead body of her neighbour and, next to it, deer tracks. More men die in a similarly mysterious way. All of them were pillars of the village community, and all were passionate hunters. Were these men killed by wild animals? Or has someone been provoked to pursue a bloody vendetta?

Studio Munka  - 5 Short Films

Studio Munka - 5 Short Films

Studio Munka in Poland is the production arm of the Polish Filmmakers Association since 2008, producing short and feature films. Young emerging filmmakers who want to make their first film in professional conditions can count on the Munk Studio to support the artistic, production and promotion of their projects. Short films from the Munk Studio are produced under the "30 Minutes", "First Document" and "Young Animation" programmes. Annually, up to 10 stories, 10 documentaries and 5 animations are made each year. 

Munk Studio films are screened at major international festivals each year, and in recent years short documentaries have been shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

Afterimage / Powidoki

Afterimage / Powidoki

Director: Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda’s final film, AFTERIMAGE is a multilayered work on the role of art and freedom of expression; an intimate portrayal about Polish artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, a pioneer of the avant-garde spanning the 1920’s and 30’s. Struggling with physical impairments, Strzeminski defies the communist regime’s efforts to make him conform to the orthodox style of Socialist Realism and suffers the dramatic consequences of his choices.  “Afterimage” portrays how the communist regime destroyed this charismatic and defiant man.  Wajda, like no one, tells a universal story, capturing the artistic qualities of the everyday world and intriguing the viewer.
 
Screened in the Masters section of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, it is the final film by Andrzej Wajda, who died in October 2016.

 

Planet Single / Planeta Singli

Planet Single / Planeta Singli

Director: Mitja Okorn

The biggest box office hit in Poland in 2016, Mitja Okorn’s PLANET SINGLE is a rom-com which viewers truly deserve, touching and full of whimsical humour.


Ania is a teacher at a musical school, charming, romantic, looking for her ideal man on an internet dating site. Tomek, is one of the top celebrities in the country: a talk-show host with the most popular and controversial show on TV in the country.  Their paths cross and her internet dates become the basis for his new show which become a huge hit. Both Tomek and Ania are destined to fall in love until Ania unexpectedly encounters her ideal boyfriend…

PLANET SINGLE was a critical and commercial success of 2016 in Poland, receiving rave reviews, unprecedented for a romantic comedy in Poland.

Man of Iron/Człowiek z żelaza

Man of Iron/Człowiek z żelaza

Director: Andrzej Wajda

The year 1980. Workers of the Gdansk Shipyard are on strike. Maciek Tomczyk is one of the shipyard workers and also an activist of the strike committee. Winkel, a radio reporter, is given an assignment to make a report which would disgrace Tomczyk and the strike committee…


Palme D’Or Winner,  MAN OF IRON is a 1981 film which depicts the rise of Poland’s anti-communist Solidarity labour movement and its first success in persuading the Polish government to recognize the workers' right to an independent union. The film was a celebrated feature even before it was made, with the participation of those who played a role in Poland’s struggle for independence of August 1980. Thanks to these persons, Wajda’s film became an important record of that unusual time. MAN OF IRON is a courageous and nuanced film about life under communism and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1981, even as Poland’s then-communist regime cracked down on Solidarity and imposed martial law. The film was banned in Poland and Andrzej Wajda went into exile.


Wajda said of receiving the Palme D'Or:
The day of the Palme was a very important day in my life, of course. But I was aware that this prize wasn’t just for me. It was also a prize for the Solidarity union.

 

The Last Family / Ostatnia Rodzina

The Last Family / Ostatnia Rodzina

Director: Jan P. Matuszyński

Based on the true story of well-known cult Polish surrealist painter Zdzisław Beksiński, famous for his dark post-apocalyptic works, Director Jan Matuszyński’s acclaimed debut explores a subversive true-life family drama. THE LAST FAMILY is an unconventional story about an unconventional artist, placing the painters surrealist art in the background focusing on the artist's family dynamics. Beksiński is a gentle man with arachnophobia, despite his hardcore sexual fantasies and his fondness for painting disturbing dystopian works. Beksiński is a family man who wants only the best for his loving wife Zofia, neurotic son Tomasz and the couple’s ageing mothers. His daily painting to classical music eventually pays off and he makes a name for himself in contemporary art.  As he tapes everything with his beloved camcorder, the 28-year Beksiński saga unfolds through paintings, near-death experiences, dance music trends and funerals...


With Writer Robert Bolesto (THE LURE, 2015), Matuszyński combines docudrama with letters, stories, and meticulous home-video re enactments, creating a rich, intimate, textured, and unflinching examination of the bonds, scars, and demons of one family.

The Erlprince / Królewicz Olch

The Erlprince / Królewicz Olch

Director: Kuba Czekaj

The story of an exceptionally gifted 15-year old teenage boy science prodigy. He is working on the theory of parallel worlds, which he initially believes to be linked by light. He has an extraordinary mind and a wounded soul, which his controlling Mother, who steers his life, is incapable of healing. Then a Man appears in their lives and, as the Boy passes from the hands of the Mother into his care, a new order is established. Their torturous road forms a bond between the three central characters, but their shared happiness is not to last long. Approaching a solution to the problem of the passage between the worlds, the Boy initiates a journey, setting his life on the scales…

Man of Iron/Człowiek z żelaza

Man of Iron/Człowiek z żelaza

Director: Andrzej Wajda

The year 1980. Workers of the Gdansk Shipyard are on strike. Maciek Tomczyk is one of the shipyard workers and also an activist of the strike committee. Winkel, a radio reporter, is given an assignment to make a report which would disgrace Tomczyk and the strike committee…


Palme D’Or Winner,  MAN OF IRON is a 1981 film which depicts the rise of Poland’s anti-communist Solidarity labour movement and its first success in persuading the Polish government to recognize the workers' right to an independent union. The film was a celebrated feature even before it was made, with the participation of those who played a role in Poland’s struggle for independence of August 1980. Thanks to these persons, Wajda’s film became an important record of that unusual time. MAN OF IRON is a courageous and nuanced film about life under communism and won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1981, even as Poland’s then-communist regime cracked down on Solidarity and imposed martial law. The film was banned in Poland and Andrzej Wajda went into exile.


Wajda said of receiving the Palme D'Or:
The day of the Palme was a very important day in my life, of course. But I was aware that this prize wasn’t just for me. It was also a prize for the Solidarity union.

 

The Erlprince / Królewicz Olch

The Erlprince / Królewicz Olch

Director: Kuba Czekaj

The story of an exceptionally gifted 15-year old teenage boy science prodigy. He is working on the theory of parallel worlds, which he initially believes to be linked by light. He has an extraordinary mind and a wounded soul, which his controlling Mother, who steers his life, is incapable of healing. Then a Man appears in their lives and, as the Boy passes from the hands of the Mother into his care, a new order is established. Their torturous road forms a bond between the three central characters, but their shared happiness is not to last long. Approaching a solution to the problem of the passage between the worlds, the Boy initiates a journey, setting his life on the scales…

Afterimage / Powidoki

Afterimage / Powidoki

Director: Andrzej Wajda

Andrzej Wajda’s final film, AFTERIMAGE is a multilayered work on the role of art and freedom of expression; an intimate portrayal about Polish artist Wladyslaw Strzeminski, a pioneer of the avant-garde spanning the 1920’s and 30’s. Struggling with physical impairments, Strzeminski defies the communist regime’s efforts to make him conform to the orthodox style of Socialist Realism and suffers the dramatic consequences of his choices.  “Afterimage” portrays how the communist regime destroyed this charismatic and defiant man.  Wajda, like no one, tells a universal story, capturing the artistic qualities of the everyday world and intriguing the viewer.
 
Screened in the Masters section of the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival, it is the final film by Andrzej Wajda, who died in October 2016.

 

Studio Munka  - 5 Short Films

Studio Munka - 5 Short Films

Studio Munka in Poland is the production arm of the Polish Filmmakers Association since 2008, producing short and feature films. Young emerging filmmakers who want to make their first film in professional conditions can count on the Munk Studio to support the artistic, production and promotion of their projects. Short films from the Munk Studio are produced under the "30 Minutes", "First Document" and "Young Animation" programmes. Annually, up to 10 stories, 10 documentaries and 5 animations are made each year.

Munk Studio films are screened at major international festivals each year, and in recent years short documentaries have been shortlisted for the Academy Awards.

The Last Family / Ostatnia Rodzina

The Last Family / Ostatnia Rodzina

Director: Jan P. Matuszyński

Based on the true story of well-known cult Polish surrealist painter Zdzisław Beksiński, famous for his dark post-apocalyptic works, Director Jan Matuszyński’s acclaimed debut explores a subversive true-life family drama. THE LAST FAMILY is an unconventional story about an unconventional artist, placing the painters surrealist art in the background focusing on the artist's family dynamics. Beksiński is a gentle man with arachnophobia, despite his hardcore sexual fantasies and his fondness for painting disturbing dystopian works. Beksiński is a family man who wants only the best for his loving wife Zofia, neurotic son Tomasz and the couple’s ageing mothers. His daily painting to classical music eventually pays off and he makes a name for himself in contemporary art.  As he tapes everything with his beloved camcorder, the 28-year Beksiński saga unfolds through paintings, near-death experiences, dance music trends and funerals...


With Writer Robert Bolesto (THE LURE, 2015), Matuszyński combines docudrama with letters, stories, and meticulous home-video re enactments, creating a rich, intimate, textured, and unflinching examination of the bonds, scars, and demons of one family.

Planet Single / Planeta Singli

Planet Single / Planeta Singli

Director: Mitja Okorn

The biggest box office hit in Poland in 2016, Mitja Okorn’s PLANET SINGLE is a rom-com which viewers truly deserve, touching and full of whimsical humour.


Ania is a teacher at a musical school, charming, romantic, looking for her ideal man on an internet dating site. Tomek, is one of the top celebrities in the country: a talk-show host with the most popular and controversial show on TV in the country.  Their paths cross and her internet dates become the basis for his new show which become a huge hit. Both Tomek and Ania are destined to fall in love until Ania unexpectedly encounters her ideal boyfriend…

PLANET SINGLE was a critical and commercial success of 2016 in Poland, receiving rave reviews, unprecedented for a romantic comedy in Poland.