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New films and classics from Poland feature in the inaugural Polish Film Festival, including the world premiere of My Father’s Bike.

The world premiere of My Father’s Bike, directed by Piotr Trzaskalski and starring jazz legend Michal Urbaniak, will open the inaugural Polish Film Festival in both Sydney and Melbourne. The film is about a dysfunctional family brought together when the 70 year old patriarch falls ill after his wife leaves him for another man.

Special guests of the festival include acclaimed director Krzysztof Zanussi and the popular Polish director and actor Jerzy Stuhr who often worked with Krzysztof Kieślowski (legendary director of Three Colors: Blue, White, Red).

Highlights & Premieres include: 
THE FIFTH SEASON OF THE YEAR (World Premiere) - directed by Jerzy Domaradzki. A dark comedy, an unusual love story between a retired piano teacher and a coal miner which confronts the very foundations of their characters: their different educations, faiths, values and life experiences.

MANIA (Australian Premiere). Recently restored 1918 silent film with contemporary music by acclaimed composer Jerzy Maksymiuk. Mania stars Polish actress Pola Negri who was the first female European film star in Hollywood and had romances with Charlie Chaplin and Rudolf Valentino. 

MALL GIRLS (Australian Premiere) – directed by Katarzyna Roslaniec. Roslaniec’s debut film, which triggered nationwide debates in Poland, delves into the world of teens who acquire the latest fashions by catering to the desires of men known as “sponsors.” 

THE MOLE (Australian Premiere) – directed by Rafael Lewandowski.
Political Thriller. A suspense-filled story of Paweł whose family life is suddenly disrupted when he discovers an article slandering the good name of his father. The Mole is an intense and gripping story about a family, a movement, and a stirred nation.

ROSA (Australian Premiere) – directed by Wojciech Smarzowski. 
Set during 1945-6 Post World War II in Mazury (Masuria) the former Polish-Prussian border. Rosa is a German Polish widow who builds a relationship with a former Polish Home Army man as they heal together from their horrific experiences during the War. 

IN THE NAME OF THE DEVIL – directed by Barbara Sass. A nunnery ... a charismatic new leader who shows them a new definition of God who preaches that not only the soul but the body should experience the Lord. Soon the place is surrounded by barbed wire and no-one can leave or enter. 

Mania; In the Name of the Devil; The Mole

“We are honoured to be showcasing the best of Polish cinema – both contemporary and classic,” says Festival Director Ted Matkowski. “The films will definitely entertain our Australian audiences irrispective of their ethnic background. Every new film will be an Australian first! Visiting actors and directors, Q&A sessions and receptions in Melbourne and Sydney are just some of the highlights for this vibrant celebration of Polish culture.”

The event is being produced by Puma Media and supported by the Polish Film Institute (PISF), Documentary and Feature Film Production Company (WFDiF) and the Polish Embassy in Australia.

Published September 13, 2012

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