The 10th season of Polish Cinema for Beginners will start in just a few days, in Wrocław’s New Horizons Cinema. The anniversary edition of PCFB will focus on film portraits of the Polish family. For starters, on March 1, an absolute classic of Polish cinema: Krzysztof Zanussi’s Family Life, telling the story of how difficult it is to separate oneself from the roots.
A young engineer Wit (Daniel Olbrychski) receives a telegram about his father’s illness and returns to the old family villa, where his family, unseen for years, is waiting. And it is quite a decadent bunch: a bibulous father, a dotty aunt or a neurotic sister Bella – in this role a wonderful Maja Komorowska, about whom the director said that she knew more about Bella than he himself. This peculiar meeting over the years is watched by Wit’s colleague (Jan Nowicki), who will be entangled in some family games… Family Life is a psychodrama about an attempt to escape from one’s roots and the determinism of genes, which is difficult to overcome. One of the best films by Krzysztof Zanussi will be shown in a digitally reconstructed version.
Scene from the “Family Life”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?
The 10th season of the Polish Cinema for Beginners, called Family Matters, will focus on films about the Polish family – cheerful and bitter, old and contemporary. During the following screenings, we will see a comedic take on the family in Reverse by Borys Lankosz and These Daughters of Mine by Kinga Dębska, as well as dramatic fate of the Warsaw married couple in Saviour Square by Krzysztof Krauze and Joanna Kos-Krauze, or the unusual siblings from Anna Zamecka’s Communion. Responsible for the PCFB programme is Adam Kruk – film critic, journalist and expert, winner of the Krzysztof Mętrak Grand Prix and member of FIPRESCI.
The opening screening of the 10th season of PCFB will take place on March 1st at 7:30 pm in the New Horizons Cinema. Tickets can be purchased before the screenings at the ticket offices and at KinoNH.pl website. More information about the project can be found at: PolishCinema.com.pl and facebook.com/PolishCinema. You are invited to the Polish Cinema for Beginners by the Wrocław Film Foundation.