Polish movies took another turn after the end of communism
If we take a closer look at the films, we can notice a sense of liberation from the prejudices and freedom of speech. The film makers were deeply rooted in the historical context, trying to create a strong connection between death, gender, role-models, politics, ethnicity and sexuality. Here’s a look at five of the most appreciated Polish movies in the contemporary period.
A movie about gender, ethnicity and how to be alone in a place full of known people wrapped in an artistic cover. This is how the movie can be described in just one sentence. The monochrome tones and the way the elements are situated in the scenario create the impression that the main action is happening at the end of the Second World War, when Poland was on the verge of its maturity, trying to figure out how the society should survive. However, the rhythmical sounds of the Romani orchestra lives up the immensely pensive mood and makes the sharp black and white palette colorful, passing through the melancholic, somber tone.
The movie is an intriguing experiment for the viewers’ eyes, as it does not show an astonishing plot, full of action and breathtaking moments, but has a linear narration, without any culminant point. At a first glance, one can say that the movie is dull and unworthy, depending on one’s experiences in life.
The movie reveals the metaphor used by Charles Baudelaire as well in his poems, especially in Fleurs du mal, aesthetics of ugliness. The human body is used to create a world in which the canons of beauty don’t exist and every part of the human body is a remark which can help the spectator to know better the character.
3. My Nikifor
My Nikifor is a spare yet affecting cinematic portrait of the Polish “outsider” artist Nikifor Krynicki, who’s played in a remarkable piece of trans-gender acting by the late female thespian Krystyna Feldman. Writer/director Krzysztof Krauze sensibly concentrates on just the last few years of his illiterate subject’s impoverished existence in 1960s Communist Poland, focussing on his unlikely friendship with the party-funded painter Marian Wlosinski, who becomes his devoted protector.
4. The double life of Veronika
Unique. This is the word that comes to my mind when I am thinking about Kieślowski’s movie. The lights, the music, the story itself unfolds in front of the spectators a masterpiece, where every scene is a hint that help us reveal the scenarios. Why using the word scenarios and not the singular form of it? In my opinion, looking at other Kieślowski’s works and comparing them, I can say that there is never just one side of the story, but just little elements that can be used in different combinations depending on the spectator experiences in life to give a personal significance to the movie.
The movie shows an excessive cruelty of the people, who think that every human being is their enemy. They believe that through torture, they can conquer the lands. The director wants its spectators to feel the pain of the victims, by showing the acts in their primary state. In the central picture, it is Zosia, a young Polish girl, from Volhynia’s village, settled by Ukrainians, Poles and Jews.
The New Horizons Festival is definitely the trend of Wroclaw. This is a festival of film visionaries, uncompromising artists, who have the courage to follow their own path despite the prevailing fashions and tell about the most important things in their unique language. If you love movies you should be there.
From among hundreds of films shown every year at world festivals and among those sent for selection. The ones chosen are those that, due to their unusual form and their power of expression, do not allow themselves to be forgotten. They arouse extreme reactions and emotions, give rise to polemics and discussions, evoke delights and protests. But it is these films that most often set the latest trends in the world cinema. The main competition is the fulfillment of the idea of the “New Horizon” cinema.
The festival is visited annually by several dozen directors from around the world – from debutants to undisputed champions.
An important mission of the festival is the presentation of the work of the rebellious masters of cinema. Discovering the achievements of lesser-known artists. For the creators of the festival is extremely important.
The festival also introduces the most interesting places on the film world map, revealing cinematographies rarely present in regular distribution. In recent years, they have brought closer the cinema of New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Turkey, Greece, Sweden, Mexico, Lithuania and Norway. In 2017, the festival presented the latest cinema from Israel.
Experimental films and works of creators exploring the non-fiction area. The film program is accompanied by multimedia projects. In the urban and gallery space as well as exhibitions, exploring historical and contemporary relationships of cinema and art. For example, the annual Midnight Show. The festival program is rich in accompanying events – concerts, exhibitions, installations, and operas.
New Horizons in Wroclaw over the years has become the most visited festival in Poland. One of the most popular in this part of Europe (over 100,000 viewers each year) and because of the great developing events such as Polish Days and Studio Nowe Horyzonty. Also an important meeting place for the international film industry.