The end of the war brought continuing chaos and violence for Poles living in former East Prussia. Rose is a Pole, whose German husband has been killed in the war, leaving her lone on their farm. As suspicious Soviet soldiers and foraging Poles circle around the farm, she is grateful for help from a former Polish Home Army officer who is trying to hide his identity. [Synopsis courtesy of TIFF]

The Innocents (2016)

It’s December 1945, and the Second World War is finally over. Mathilde, a young French Red Cross doctor, finds herself in Warsaw treating the last of the French soldiers returning from the front. One night, a nun appears at the clinic, begging Mathilde to follow her back to the convent on urgent business. What Mathilde finds there is shocking: a holy sister about to give birth.

As Mathilde enters the sisters’ fiercely private world, secrets rise to the surface, and modernism and science clash with faith and tradition. The nuns go about their strict daily rituals, but inside the convent’s chilly stone walls, echoing with their melancholic chants, a dangerous revolution is taking place. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]

Traffic Department

Seven policemen, seven deadly sins, a murder case, secrets and the filth of everyday police work: Traffic Department transports the viewer into the darkest Warsaw streets.


Anna, an orphan raised in a convent, is preparing to take her vows when she’s sent to visit Wanda, her aunt and only living relative. A cynical, hard-drinking Communist Party judge, Wanda reveals that Anna’s real name is Ida and that her parents were Jews murdered during the Nazi occupation. So the two embark on an unusual journey through the wintry countryside to unearth their family’s dark history. [Synopsis courtesy of Sundance Film Festival]