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Polish films at the Festival of Havana

December 4, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

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During the Havana Film Festival, from December 4th through the 13th, La Sala at 23 and 12 in Vedado premiered 9 Polish movies filmed between 2006 and 2009. All original versions with subtitles in Spanish.

Organized by the Polish Institute of Cinematic Art, the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Havana and Tomorrow Promotion Agency, the sample is part of a cycle of events that broadcasts the Polish cinema in the world, through which Cuban visitors enjoyed, between 2007 and 2009, some thirty works by directors such as Andrzej Wajda, whose retrospective was held in November last year.

The opening will be Friday 4 to 8 pm with the showing of 33 Scenes From the Life by the director Malgorzata Szumowska with performances by Julia Jentsch, Peter Gantzler and others who weave the story of Julia, a young photographer who lives happily with her intellectual family, between Krakow and their country house, until circumstances force her to re-assess her point of view and start over.

The remaining works include two comedies and 6 dramas. The former includes Tips from director Andrzej Jakimowki, full of humor, cars, women, love and a child who defies fate in search of his father. While The Magic Tree by Andrzej Maleszka, is a fiction about the power of objects made from the remains of a tree and some children who travel on a flying chair to join their parents in another country.

The dramas in theaters are Plaza de Salvador, by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze; The Garden of Louisa, by Maciej Wojtyszko; Everything Will Be Fine, by Tomasz Wiszniewki; The Pen, by the famous Andrzej Wajda, a multidimensional story based on a story Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz; With Heart in Hand, the renowned Krzysztof Zanussi; and Four Nights with Anna Jerzy Skolimoswki. Plaza de Salvador incorporates real events that took place in Warsaw and features the tragedy of Beata and Bartek, whose family lost their balance when they lose the apartment because of the bankruptcy of the company that built the building.

On the whole, these are films of great artistic merit on dissimilar aspects of contemporary life in the Central European nation, whose filmmakers show they are at the forefront of European cinema. Conflicting or late-blooming love, the friendship between a man and a boy, the impotence of an oligarch in the face of death and the boundaries between normal personal feelings color the essence arguing for such films.

The samples of Polish cinema in La Sala at 23 and 12 in Vedado arrive preceded by awards and are expected to raise the interest of Cuban movie goers, gathered to enjoy international offerings with works from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, Mexico and other Latin American nations during the 31st Havana Film Festival.

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