The IFI is delighted to once again collaborate with KINOPOLIS, Dublin’s annual Polish Film Festival, of which this year’s is the 7th edition. Opening on November 8th, the programme’s key strand focuses on ‘the dark side of the Polish soul’, as represented by the work of director Wojciech Smarzowski, whose films Rose (this year’s award-winning opening film), The Wedding (2004) and The Dark House (2009) portray the darker elements of the national psyche with vicious satire and an unflinching examination of the damage inflicted on the country by its own people.

The continuing strength of contemporary Polish animation is also represented this year with a selection of internationally-garlanded short films that show the full range of techniques and voices currently at work in the field (November 10th).

The enviable history of Polish cinema is acknowledged in films from Andrzej Wajda and Filip Bajon (Danton and Aria for an Athlete, respectively, both showing on November 11th), a tradition continued in the selection of new films.

The IFI and KINOPOLIS are particularly delighted to welcome this year guests of such calibre as Marian Dziędziel, Arkadiusz Jakubik and Wojciech Pszoniak, and also look forward to welcoming audiences to this celebration of a vibrant national cinema.

For full programme details, please see the Festival’s website (www.kinopolis.com.pl) and separate programme. Our thanks to Sabina Wasik for her assistance. (Introduction and film notes by Kevin Coyne.)

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