13th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival
KINOTEKA, the annual celebration of Polish Cinema, returned to the capital for the 13th edition with an enticing mix of film, music and visual arts with an outstanding selection of screenings, UK premieres, curated retrospectives, exhibitions, concerts, interactive workshops, industry masterclasses and special guests encompassing all aspects of Polish film culture. 13th KINOTEKA was presented by the Polish Cultural Institute in London in partnership with DFDS Seaways, Pola Arts Foundation and Stock Spirits, and co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
In 2015 KINOTEKA is partnered with Filmhouse Edinburgh and BFI Southbank on an exciting new collaboration for the UK tour of Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema. 21 masterpieces, chosen by Scorsese himself, all brilliantly restored and digitally rem astered to 2K resolution. The season showcased films made in post-war Poland, by directors such as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Zanussi, Andrzej Munk, Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Wojciech Jerzy Has, Aleksander Ford, Krzysztof Kieślowski, and others.
The ICA played host to KINOTEKA’s New Polish Cinema strand from 10th April with a selection of both popular and critically acclaimed contemporary Polish films from the last year. KINOTEKA also showcased the breadth of original, innovative documentary that has come out of Poland: Wojciech Wiszniewski Rediscovered, Paweł Pawlikowski’s early documentaries, and works of emerging Polish documentary filmmakers, Aneta Kopacz and Tomasz Śliwiński who have been Oscar® nominated for 2015 Best Documentary Short Film category.
In conjunction with Martin Scorsese presents: Masterpieces of Polish Cinema, KINOTEKA and BFI Southbank will hosted an exhibition of original poster artwork celebrating the films of legendary director Andrzej Wajda. Tate Modern screened The Performer by Łukasz Ronduda, a dynamic story full of punk energy based on the life of Oskar Dawicki, one of the most original contemporary Polish artists currently working.
13th KINOTEKA drew to a close with a special screening of cult Polish comedy The Cruise (1970) at the ICA (29th May), to mark Second Run’s DVD release. Taking inspiration from the film’s subject, festivities continued with an authentic boat ride on the Thames, for a 70’s-themed interactive performance created by immersive UK theatre group Gideon Reeling, with live jazz by Obara International and DJ set that closed the evening.
For more information visit: www.kinoteka.org.uk
13th KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival Trailer (8 April - 29 May 2015)
13th Kinoteka Opening: Krzysztof Zanussi at BFI Southbank