Film Preview: Contemporary Polish Cinema, 13 July – 10 August, Filmhouse, Edinburgh

9 Jul

Following the recent of the New Europe Film Festival, Edinburgh’s Filmhouse is dedicating a short season to Contemporary Polish Cinema, running from 13 July to 10 August 2008.

Featuring four recent and very diverse films from Poland, the season begins with romantic comedy Midnight Talks in which thirtysomething artist Matylda decides to have a baby. Happily single, she nevertheless wants to conceive the way nature intended, so she places an advert in the local paper…as you do.

Also showing are:

  • My Nikifor – the dramatisation of the last days of the eccentric Polish artist Nikifor Krynicki
  • Hope – a young man who witnesses the theft of a rare painting from a church finds himself embroiled in a game of blackmail as he tries to make the culprit undo his crime
  • Extras – a comedy in which a Chinese film director who goes on location to Poland to shoot an epic melodrama – because, in his view, Poles all look miserable and will lend his film an air of tragedy

Showing a wide variety of Polish talent, this season should hopefully help banish the view that all of the countries films are bleak and depressing.

Find out more over at the Filmhouse website.

Have you seen any films in this season? Leave a comment if so and let me know what you thought.


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