AFS Essential Cinema series in October is presenting a selection of films by one of Poland’s greatest filmmakers, the incomparable Andrzej Wajda, who chronicled in his films some of the most turbulent periods in world history, from the nation that had the closest vantage point to many of them. The Wajda series is part of the 100-year Anniversary Celebration of Polish Independence, supported by the Polish Filmmakers Association and Austin Polish Society.Read More
Sunday, October 29 at 4pm
The Polish Film Institute shares a collection of short-work gems from the past 70 years, including everything from ‘60s “golden-era” pieces to today’s festival award-winners.
Co-presenting with Austin Film Society.
“Generations” (Pokolenia) is a full-length docudrama made for the anniversary of the renowned Feature Film Studio in Wroclaw, Poland (Wytwórnia Filmów Fabularnych we Wrocławiu). It is a story of contemporary Poland told using fragments of works created at the studio. Out of the 450 titles made in Wrocław, Zaorski chose almost fifty. Their fragments, starting with Oscar lifetime achievement award winner Andrzej Wajda’s film “A Generation” (Pokolenie), through the films by Sylwester Chęciński, Wojciech Jerzy Has, Kazimierz Kutz, Roman Polański, Agnieszka Holland, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Wojciech Marczewski, Krzysztof Zanussi and many others, form a story about Poles starting from Nazi occupation through the elections of 1989. They include the period of Stalinist terror, “our little stabilization”, March 1968, unfulfilled expectations of the Gierek era, when martial law was enacted in 1981, and the roundtable negotiations of 1989. The film's narrator is renowned Polish actor from the 1950s, Zbyszek Cybulski, who guides us around the contemporary flim studio and city of Wroclaw.
The director, Janusz Zaorski, will introduce the film and answer questions after. Janusz Zaorski is a Polish film director, scenarist and actor, representative of the "cinema of moral concern" movement (kino moralnego .
Wall Street Journal article about Krzysztof Kieslowski's films.
"Kieślowski made “Dekalog” for Polish television, but it is stirringly cinematic. Now digitally restored, this profound and monumental work is opening on Friday at the IFC Center in New York, the Music Box Theatre in Chicago and Cinéma du Parc in Montreal, followed by other cities. On Sept. 27, the Criterion Collection will also release the cycle on DVD and Blu-ray. "
Krzysztof Kieslowski (1941-1996) is Poland’s best-known master director, a compassionate teller of humanist stories during Poland’s communist period. 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of Kieslowski’s passing, but also an important year for his fans, as the director’s 10-part television masterpiece THE DECALOGUE will finally be available in a digitally restored version later in the fall. To mark this, AFS, in partnership with the Austin Polish Film Festival, will exhibit the full digital restoration of THE DECALOGUE (on a new DCP print), two episodes each week. We’ll also feature another Kieslowski extended work, THREE COLORS: BLUE, WHITE & RED, a French feature trilogy that he intended to be experienced as a single piece. These films are Kieslowski's final works as a director, completed just a few years before his death in 1996. BLUE, WHITE & RED will each be exhibited on a 35mm print.
Please follow the link for details: https://austinfilm.org/essential-cinema/series-krzysztof-kieslowski-two-cycles
We are excited to announce the results of the APFF 2015 International Short Film Competition. Thank you to all the artists who submitted their films and to the judges who diligently reviewed and ranked them.
The screenings of the five official selections and additional two special mentions are planned for Saturday, October 24 starting at 12pm at the Marchesa Hall & Theatre. Award ceremony to follow. Please join us to vote for the Audience Choice Award that goes with the $200 cash prize sponsored by the Door No. 4Read More
A couple of days ago we posted a special time limited offer, for the Full Access Pass to the 10th Austin Polish Film Festival. The sale ends on October 1, 2015 at 11:59 PM CDT. We encourage you to purchase the pass ahead of time, as it will save you $25 and you will get you an additional 10% discount on a poster purchase.
We are happy to announce we have an additional award, the Audience Choice Award. The award of $200 was sponsored by Door No. 4.
Door No. 4 is a local event startup and this Saturday, September 19th, is putting on an immersive cinema experience based on a classic western film.
The event will take place at Star Hill Ranch, where attendees will spend the afternoon before the screening exploring an interactive world. There will be a saloon, saloon girls, multiple live music performances, two-stepping, gambling, whiskey, beer, BBQ, duels, and reenactments of scenes, all to replicate the world of the film! At the end of it all, guests will sit down to enjoy an outdoor screening of the film. The movie is currently a secret, although savvy film lovers may be able to piece together clues on social media and guess the film before the event.
Check out this immersive cinema event happening next weekend!
Do you love movies and want to help make our community more diverse? We our looking for enthusiastic, dedicated individuals to help with everything from film production to hospitality. Volunteers play an integral role in the smooth running of the Austin Polish Film Festival. As a volunteer, you’ll gain new skills and experience, meet interesting people, and enjoy great films.Read More