Polish Film Festival in Perth



Polish Film Festival in Perth is pleased to announce the start of the 3rd annual film festival organised in the capital city of Western Australia. The 2017 event will be held at Cinema Paradiso from 25 May to 15 June 2017.

Every year Polish filmmakers amaze audiences with outstanding, beautifully shot and thought provoking films. Polish Film Festival in Perth is proud to present for the 3rd time a celebration of exciting Polish cinema in Western Australia and the most comprehensive line up of films to date.

The festival lineup features nine recent Polish films and marks the Australian premiere screenings for five of them and Western Australian premiere for all of them.

The 3rd Polish Film Festival in Perth (PFFP) will open on Thursday 25 May with the screening of a Polish-French-German coproduction, MARIE CURIE (Maria Skłodowska-Curie) by Marie Noelle, an inspirational biography of one of the greatest scientists of all time, the legendary Maria Skłodowska-Curie.

Maria Skłodowska-Curie spent her life setting precedents. She was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize, the first person to win twice and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in two different categories. She wasn’t just a pioneer in science, she was also a cultural pioneer who challenged France’s male-dominated academic establishment and disregarded many conventions of the times she lived in.

Highlights of this year’s program also include SPOOR (Pokot), the Silver Bear winning thriller by renowned three-time Oscar nominated director Agnieszka Holland, and the critically acclaimed debut by Jan P. Matuszyński, winner of numerous awards at major national and international film festivals, THE LAST FAMILY (Ostatnia Rodzina), an unconventional film about an equally unconventional artist, Polish surrealist painter Zdzisław Beksiński, famous for his dark post-apocalyptic works. 

Screening alongside them are two 2015 features based on true events, STRANGE HEAVEN (Obce Niebo) and CHEMO (Chemia), as well as the romantic comedy Tips for Cheating (Porady na Zdrady), drama WARSAW BY NIGHT (Warsaw by Night) and thriller ANATOMY OF EVIL (Anatomia Zła).

The 2017 edition of the Festival will close with the final film by a master of world cinema and the most prominent Polish director, Andrzej Wajda, who  died in October 2016. With a career spanning over 60 years, Wajda’s contribution to world cinema has been profound and recognised by the Academy Awards (Honorary Oscar in 2000), European Film Awards (Lifetime Achievement, 1990), Berlin Film Festival (Golden Bear for Lifetime Achievement, 2006), and many others. His last feature AFTERIMAGE (Powidoki) is an intimate portrayal of Władysław Strzemiński, a renowned painter and pioneer of the avant-garde. It is a multilayered film on the role of art and freedom of expression; a film about an artist destroyed by the system and a film on how dangerous it is to fuse political power with a will to shape people’s consciousness.

The 2017 Polish Film Festival is presented by Nicheliving and organised under the honorary patronage of the Consulate General of Republic of Poland in Sydney and with the support of Polish Film Institute and many other partners and sponsors.  

Each film will screen only once.

For more information about the festival, please go to our website at /www.polishfilmfestival.org

Tickets to the festival are now on sale at Cinema Paradiso, online or in person at the Cinema Paradiso box office.

The festival lineup features nine recent Polish films and marks the Australian premiere screenings for six of them and Western Australian premiere for all of them.

  • MARIE CURIE (Maria Skłodowska-Curie) by Marie Noelle;        Thursday 25 May 6.30pm 
  • ANATOMY OF EVIL (Anatomia Zła) by Jacek Bromski;               Saturday 27 May 9pm
  • STRANGE HEAVEN (Obce Niebo) by Dariusz Gajewski           Sunday 28 May 6.30pm   
  • WARSAW BY NIGHT by Natalia Koryncka-Gruz                          Thursday 1 June 6.30pm 
  • THE LAST FAMILY (Ostatnia Rodzina) by Jan P. Matuszyński  Sunday 4 June 6.30pm  
  • TIPS FOR CHEATING (Porady na Zdrady) by Ryszard Zatorski  Monday 5 June 6.30pm 
  • SPOOR (Pokot) by Agnieszka Holland                                       Friday, 9 June 9pm   
  • CHEMO (Chemia) by Bartosz Prokopowicz                                  Sunday 11 June 6.30pm
  • AFTERIMAGE (Powidoki) by Andrzej Wajda                              Thursday 15 June 6.30pm

  • Maria Sklodowska-Curie fot. Witold Baczyk