Languages Archives: Polish

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Sole

Synopsis

In this tender, melancholy tale of desperation and desire, pregnant Polish teen Lena has traveled to Italy to sell her baby to racketeer Fabio. Dodging anti-surrogacy regulations, Fabio pays nephew Ermanno to watch over Lena while posing as the child’s father, who will “ask” relatives to adopt the newborn. But Ermanno begins to shed his tough veneer as he develops feelings for the girl and child. Beautifully rendered in cool shades of blue, this accidental love story tracks two lost souls facing impossible choices.

“Sironi’s film effectively blends the warm-blooded emotional stakes of classic Italian melodrama with the cooler, more rigorous language of new Eastern European cinema.”
-Variety

  •  Italian, Polish with subtitles

Screenings

Sole: Thu, Oct 17 @ 8:30 pm

Director Carlo Sironi

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Sole: Fri, Oct 18 @ 8:00 pm

Director Carlo Sironi

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Sole: Thu, Oct 24 @ 3:45 pm

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Oleg

Synopsis

A trained butcher deep in debt, Oleg has left Latvia to take a job at a slaughterhouse in Belgium. When he is fired over false accusations, charismatic Polish conman Andrzej comes to his aid. But his offers of housing and paid work are just a set-up for Oleg’s slide into grievous exploitation. Anchored by strong performances and told with cinematic flair, this gripping film offers a timely look at life in the shadows.

  •  English, Flemish, French, Latvian, Polish, Russian with subtitles

Screenings

Oleg: Mon, Oct 21 @ 8:15 pm

Director Juris Kursietis

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Oleg: Tue, Oct 22 @ 6:00 pm

Director Juris Kursietis

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Corpus Christi Boże Ciało

Synopsis

Twenty-year-old Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation while incarcerated in a youth detention center. He feels a calling to the priesthood, but his criminal record makes following his vocation impossible. On work-release, he is mistaken for an itinerant clergyman, a role he embraces with relish. Soon, he is filling in at a small parish, but will his unconventional teachings help heal the community reeling from a terrible tragedy or tear them further apart?

“Themes of salvation and sacrifice, damnation, retribution and redemption will make this too Catholic for some art house tastes, […] But there’s visual command and a compelling intimacy to the storytelling, plus intellectual engagement in the reflection on who gets to claim nearness to God.”
-Hollywood Reporter

  •  Polish with subtitles

Screenings

Corpus Christi: Wed, Oct 23 @ 5:45 pm

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Corpus Christi: Thu, Oct 24 @ 8:45 pm

Director Jan Komasa

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Corpus Christi: Fri, Oct 25 @ 12:00 pm

Director Jan Komasa

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John and Jacolyn Bucksbaum Family Foundation

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All That I Love Wszystko co kocham

  •   Jacek Borcuch
  •   Poland
  •  95 minutes

Synopsis

Eighteen-year-old Janek is the leader of a punk band during Poland’s tumultuous early 1980s. Amidst martial law, midnight curfews, and imposing censorship, Janek must also contend with conflicts at home as well as his own sexual and political awakenings. Culminating with a spirited pro-Solidarity climax at the school dance, All That I Love is a absorbing coming-of-age drama, featuring charismatic performances, and an inspired tale of music, romance, and politics. Polish with subtitles.

  •  Polish with subtitles

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Co-presented by the Polish FIlm Festival America