Polish Film Festival

Nov 15 - 21


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Thu, Nov 15 to Wed, Nov 21


Presented by the Polish Cultural Council, Pittsburgh Filmmakers, and the Polish Film Festival in America

Regular admission $10, students $8
Nov 17th screening with director and reception $15

303 Squadron (Dywizjon 303) 
Thursday Nov 15, 7:00pm
A film tells the story of the legendary Squadron 303 of Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain during the Second World War. Based on real events, the film is inspired by Polish writer Arkady Fiedler’s 1942 bestselling historical novel “Squadron 303” and documents and memories of the legendary pilots. Shot in Polish and English. (Denis Delić; 2018, 100 min)

Breaking The Limits (Najlepszy)
Friday Nov 16, 7:00pm
An extraordinary true story of Jerzy Górski, a drug addict, who found himself on a verge of self-annihilation only to overcome his addictions and became a triathlon champion. In Polish with English subtitles.  (Lukasz Polkowski; 2017, 110 min)

Falcons of Freedom (Sokoły wolności)
Saturday Nov 17, 4:30pm, Q&A with director

Unique documentary film that uncovers the pivotal role of the U.S., Canada and the Polish-American community in the fight for Poland’s independence. The story is told through the perspective of a young Polish- American who embarks on a
journey to discover his Polish heritage. In English and Polish with English subtitles. (Robert Wachowiak; 2018, 57 min). 
Screens with the short "Animated history of Poland" (Animowana historia Polski) (Tomasz Bagiński; 2010, 8 min.) 

The Butler (Kamerdyner)
Saturday Nov 17, 7:00pm, with director and reception ($15)

A period film that examines the history of the Kashubia region from 1900-1945, took home the second most important award at the 2018 Gdynia Film Festival – the Silver Lions – as well as the Awards for Best Actor in a Leading Role (Adam Woronowicz) and the Best Music composed by Antoni Komasa-Łazarkiewicz. The complicated fate of three nations in the old Polish-German region of Kashubia, where the artificial line of the border drawn at Versailles after the First World War divided not only the land, but also the people. In Polish with English subtitles. (Filip Bajon; 2018, 150 min)

Warsaw 44 (Miasto 44)
Sunday Nov 18, 5:00pm

Jan Komasa's big-budget production, relives the days of the most intense and tragic revolt organized against the Germans.
A beautiful story about youth, love, friendship, and the pursuit of adventure during the bloody and brutal reality of the 1944 Warsaw Uprising. In Polish with English subtitles. (Jan Komasa; 2014, 122 min)

Ashes and Diamonds (POPIÓŁ I DIAMENT)
Sunday Nov 18, 8:00pm

Part of the Regent Square Theater Sunday Series
A masterpiece of Polish cinema, the 1958 drama Ashes and Diamonds is perhaps the best internationally known work of the director Andrzej Wajda. It's May 8th, 1945, and Nazi Germany has just surrendered. The war is over, but not in Poland. As the German army scatters and retreats, the remaining Russian forces and Polish resistance fighters must work out the hierarchies of power in "liberated" Communist Poland. A member of the Polish underground, Maciek, is given orders to assassinate an incoming secretary of the Communist Party. Coincidence causes him to kill the wrong man. To correct his mistake, he must kill again. Meanwhile he meets Krystyna, a girl who works in the bar at a hotel restaurant. As his feelings for her deepen, so does his feeling of the senselessness of killing when the war has ended. Through the performance of Zbigniew Cybulski, often called “the Polish James Dean”, film introduces one of the iconic anti-heroes of international cinema. In Polish with English subtitles (Andrzej Wajda; 1958, 97 min)


Monday Nov 19, 7:00pm
Man of Marble is one of the most important films in the history of Polish cinema. It is also one of the most compelling attacks on government corruption ever made, the Polish equivalent of the "Citizen Kane." In 1976, Agnieszka, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, which examines the life of a 1950’s bricklayer, Birkut, who was briefly made into a proletarian hero. She looks at how his celebrity was created, and how he was later mercilessly brought down. She gets hold of outtakes and censored footage and interviews the man's friends, ex-wife, and the filmmaker who made him a hero. In researching her portrait of Birkut emerges, Agnieszka learns the truth about his life and a more general and bitter truth about life in 1950’s Poland. In Polish with English subtitles. (Andrzej Wajda; 1976, 160 min)

Tuesday Nov 20, 7:00pm

Historical drama is set in a small village inhabited by Ukrainians, Poles, and Jews, located in the southwestern part of Volhynia, a region that straddles Poland, Ukraine, and Belarus. Film tackles one of the thorniest questions in Polish-Ukrainian relations - the Volhynian tragedy of 1943. In Polish with English subtitles. (Wojciech Smarzowski; 2016, 149 min)

The Promised Land (ZIEMIA OBIECANA)
Wed Nov 21, 7:00pm

It is set in 19th-century Łódź, where three friends decide to ride the industrial wave by pooling their resources and establishing a modern textile factory. Their gambit is successful beyond their dreams, but it extracts a high price from each of them. Karol Borowiecki, a young Polish nobleman, is the managing engineer at the Bucholz textile factory. Ruthless in his career pursuits and unconcerned with the traditions of his, now financially declined, family, Borowiecki plans to set up his own factory with the help of his friends Max Baum, the German heir to an old handloom factory, and Moritz Welt, an independent Jewish businessman. Borowiecki's affair with Lucy Zucker, the wife of a wealthy factory owner, gives him advance notice of a change in cotton tariffs and helps Welt to make a killing on the Hamburg futures market. But more money has to be found; all three characters put aside their pride to raise the necessary capital. This Oscar nominated film is regularly counted among the greatest Polish films ever made. In Polish, German and Yiddish with English subtitles. (Andrzej Wajda; 1975, 169 min)


Andrzej Wajda was Poland’s most prominent filmmaker. Recipient of an Honorary Oscar in 2000, the Palme d'Or in 1981, as well as Honorary Golden Lion and Golden Bear Awards, he was a prominent member of the "Polish Film School". He was known especially for his trilogy of war films consisting of A Generation (1954), Kanał (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958).

He is considered one of the world's most renowned filmmakers whose works chronicled his native country's political and social evolution and dealt with the myths of Polish national identity offering insightful analyses of the universal element of the Polish experience - the struggle to maintain dignity under the most trying circumstances.