Festival scope, is an online view on demand platform for professional film work from around the world. They are introducing a new focus on Polish film, highlighting, Krzysztof Kieslowski, in an exhibition and retrospective opening next week in Paris. It is a refreshing addition to FS‘s Labels section as well as their collaboration with the Polish Film Institute as part of STEP IN, the new initiative of the Festival del film Locarno focusing this year on Eastern European Cinema.
The PFI has always walked hand in hand with Poland’s long tradition of quality filmmaking and keeps helping new generations of Polish filmmakers gain international recognition for their films.
Here are some films you can watch now on demand:
Gdynia FF/ New Horizons Polish Days/Montreal
by Marcin Krzysztalowicz
Corporal ‘Wydra’, a guerrilla soldier in Poland under Nazi occupation, is seeking revenge for the treacherous assassination of his guerrilla formation. Not only will Wydra face the Germans and the Polish traitors, but also the psychological consequences of betrayal. Contact: Skorpion Arte
Gdynia FF/ New Horizons Polish Days
My Father’s Bike (Moj rower)
by Piotr Trzaskalski
Seventy-year-old Włodek finds a letter in which his wife explains that she is leaving him for another man. Overwhelmed he faints and ends up in hospital. His son and teenage grandson visit him and despite having been out of touch with them for years, together they embark on a journey to win his wife back. Contact: Federico Film
Gdynia FF/ Moscow FF
80 Million (80 Milionow)
by Waldemar Krzystek
Wrocław 1981, ten days before martial law was introduced in Poland. Władysław Frasyniuk, the leader of Solidarity – the first non–communist party-controlled trade union – along with four colleagues, makes an 80 million Zloty withdrawal from the organization’s bank account. Contact: Media Brigade
Gdynia FF/ Karlovy Vary IFF
In the Bedroom (W sypialni)
by Tomas Wasilewski
Forty-year-old Edyta arrives in Warsaw to hide from her family. Checking in at different hotels she finally runs out of money and starts using the internet to find random men looking for sex. Edyta ends up spending her nights in nameless men’s houses, but instead of delivering on the promise of sex, she takes advantage of their imposed hospitality.
Karlovy Vary IFF
by Piotr Mularuk
In the early 1990’s despite the fall of the Iron Curtain, the situation along the Polish-German border hadn’t changed much. Twenty-year-old Zyga is tired of looking at the latest fashions and Western conveniences in glossy magazines. Overflowing with goods, West German stores are just a tad too tempting for the young men. Contact: Yeti Films
Being Like Deyna (Byc jak Kazimierz Deyna)
by Anna Wieczur-Bluszcz
A humorous story about growing up, about a few crushes and life choices. Deyna and Boniek score goals, white socks become an aphrodisiac, desire leads to purity and a traditional Polish mother crushes Eastern markets. Contact: Skorpion Arte