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Opening of the 26th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival and announcement of the film competition winners.
Obywatel Jones/Mr. Jones, dir. Agnieszka Holland, biography, thriller, 2019, 119 min.
Agnieszka Holland’s biopic commemorates the heroic undertaking of Gareth Jones, the Welsh journalist who broke the story of the horrific famines within the Soviet Union in the 1930s. It depicts Jones’ efforts to resist the Soviet secret service’s attempts to censor him and his travels from Moscow to Kharkov.
Zabawa, zabawa/Playing Hard, dir. Kinga Dębska, drama, 2018, 88 min.
A 40-year-old prosecutor Dorota, a young student Magda and a distinguished surgeon, Teresa have something in common, an alcohol addiction. Little by little, their lives start spiraling out of control. In the end, each will reach the bottom, but will any manage to bounce back?
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Children's program for ages 3+
Magiczna Zima Muminków/Moomins and the Winter Wonderland, dir. Ira Carpelan & Jakub Wójcik, animation, 2017, 80 min.
Moomintroll decides to stay awake this winter, contrary to his usual winter slumber routine. He wants to find out how does the world look like, when his whole family is asleep. He will discover snow and frost, and will learn a lot of new things about the wintery Moominvalley. But what he awaits the most, is Christmas.
Intermission and Children’s Book Fair
Resumed showing of Magiczna Zima Muminków/Moomins and the Winter Wonderland
Children’s Book Fair
Warszawa: miasto podzielone/Warsaw: A City Divided,
dir. Eric Bednarski, 70 min.
Mała zagłada/A Minor Genocide, dir. Natalia Koryncka-Gruz, 72 min.
Jeszcze lecimy/Still Flying, dir. Mirosław Dembiński, 34 min.
Arabski sekret/The Arabic Secret, dir. Julia Groszek, 56 min.
followed by a talk by Sławomir Grünberg Mój amerykański sen: od ulicznego sprzedawcy orzeszków do filmowca nagrodzonego Emmy/My American Dream: From the Street Peanut Vendor to Emmy Award Winning Filmmaker
Boże Ciało/Corpus, dir. Jan Komasa, drama, 2019, 118 min.
Story of a 20-year-old Daniel, who experiences a spiritual transformation in a Youth Detention Center. The crime he commits prevents him from applying to the seminary, but Daniel has no intention of giving up his dream of becoming a priest. When opportunity arises, he starts to minister a small-town parish.
Pan T./Mr. T , dir. Marcin Krzyształowicz, comedy, drama, 2019, 104 min.
A renowned writer, Mister T. lives in a hotel for authors and makes a living by giving lessons. One day, a young countryside man with big dreams of working as a journalist moves next-door. Mr. T. becomes his mentor and teacher. The pace of the protagonist’s life quickens once the authorities begin to suspect him, and Secret Police agents start to watch every move he makes. It is hard to stay serious in this ridiculous reality.
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Cudzoziemcy w Powstaniu Warszawskim/Foreigners in the Warsaw Uprising, dir. Małgorzata Brama, 40 min.
Badylok/Badylok, dir. Karolina Klapkowska, 11 min.
Piołun/Bitter Herb, dir. Maria Ornaf, 17 min.
Ostatni dzień lata/The Last Day of Summer, dir. Aleksandra Czenczek, 14 min.
Miasteczko/Small Town, dir. Daria Kopiec, 3 min.
Na strajk!/On Strike!, dir. Stanisław Horodecki, 24 min.
followed by Q&A with Stanisław Horodecki
Piłsudski/Pilsudski,, dir. Michał Rosa, biography, history, 2019, 108 min.
It is 1901. A political prisioner Józef Piłsudski is patient of a psychiatric hospital in Russia. The Polish underground independence movement is preparing to rescue the famous activist. Uncertain years are coming, marked by revolutionary events, violence and betrayal. Piłsudski must find a way to maneuver on the treacherous ground – between the conservative passivity of the Polish Socialist Party and the chance for restoring an independent Poland.
Closing reception (by invitation only)
Films are not rated and are all subtitled in English, except children’s animations.
Films represent contemporary trends in Polish cinema and do not reflect views and opinions of the organizers.
The organizers reserve the right to change the program without notice.
$10 general admission
$6 seniors and students
$5 general admission – children’s program
$15 family ticket for 4 or more – children’s program
Free admission – documentaries and short films
Free admission – for UM students with valid ID