118 minutes| Poland| 2010| Subtitled| Colour| Dolby Digital Stereo| 35mm

A prize-winner at the Gdynia and Moscow film festivals, Jan Kidawa-Blonski’s Little Rose is an historical drama and love story set in the late 1960s, when Poland’s dreaded Security Service was stepping up its anti-Semitic campaign in the wake of Israel’s success in the Six-Day War.

In the film, ‘Little Rose’ is the code name of Kamila (Magdalena Boczarska), an attractive but naïve blonde who’s cajoled by her lover (and security services colonel) Rozek (Robert Wieckiewicz) to spy on Warczewski (Andrzej Seweryn), a respected academic and writer accused of being a ‘camouflaged Zionist’. The surveillance operation develops into a dangerous love triangle when Kamila begins to develop feelings for the gentle professor and realises that she’s being exploited by the ruthless Rozek.

The historical setting is of crucial importance, but director Jan Kidawa-Blonski insists that the film is first and foremost ‘a story about love and passion and the price one is ready to pay for them.’

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