Entitled simply ‘Augustów’, the English language production is the result of a collaboration between London-based historian Tomasz Muskus, who worked as a consultant on 303 Squadron and Cursed, and Hollywood stuntman Jacek Jagódka known for his work on Spectre and Game of Thrones, as well as being stunt double for Alexander Skarsgard in ‘Tarzan’.
Often described as a prophet and visionary, world-renowned Sci-Fi writer and futurologist Stanisław Lem is the world’s most often translated Polish writer, whose book Solaris was perhaps his internationally best known work, twice made into a film, most recently directed by Steven Soderbergh with George Clooney in the starring role. His recognition is such that it was recently announced that European Space Agency astronauts travelling on Elon Musk’s SpaceX Crew Dragon spacecraft will honour Lem in space as part of their six-month mission.
Entitled “Vade-mecum” and named after Norwid’s largest poetry collection, the short film, around 11 minutes long, premiered on Facebook last night.
VIDEO: Titled ‘They are already here’ the film focuses on the small village of Wylatowo where between 2000 and 2006 a host of mysterious phenomena in the night sky began to appear along with massive crop circles in surrounding fields.
Through blending eye-witness commentary with cinema-style re-enactments, Katarzyna Kowalska’s documentary Polski El Greco (The Polish El Greco) which premieres Monday night, took four years to make and, says the director, “is the story of the struggle of two female inventors, unheard, unappreciated, who for many years no one wanted to take seriously. It is a story about the extraordinary passion of two young women who did not doubt for a moment what their intuition told them.”
Inside a bar thick with smoke, babble, and antique booby traps, I lost myself in the cacophonous atmosphere, gazing helplessly at a barmaid in a tight tiger print top. I’d fallen in love: with her, with Kazimierz, with Kraków and with Poland.
VIDEO: The film ‘Still Life in Łódź’ is described as “a deeply personal detective story rich with twists and turns. But, equally, the film is an ode to the lost generations of Jewish Łódź and a look at how fragile—and how incredibly necessary—our relationship with the past is for creating the future.
When it comes to historical tents, Michał Siedlecki is the man the film industry turns to first. And now, with a string of blockbuster productions including upcoming viking movie ‘The Northman’, starring Nicole Kidman, William Defoe and Queen’s Gambit star Anya Taylor-Joy behind him, the 37-year-old is already starting work on four other major movies.
A film directed by renowned Polish director Agnieszka Holland has been shortlisted for the 93rd Academy Awards in the Best International Feature Film category.
VIDEO: Telling the story of an Indian man visiting Poland to take part in a skiing championship, the plot of No Means No quickly takes a twist after the protagonist falls in love with a Polish woman. But, this isn’t just a love story, says director Vikash Verma. “It also underlines the strong cultural connections between the two nations.”