NEW POLISH FILMS in Delhi opening with Andrzej Jakimowski’s “Imagine” and concluding with Oscar candidate “Ida”
2nd Edition of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival 2014
2- 12 December 2014
Venues: India Habitat Centre, Lodi Road, New Delhi 110003
Alliance Française de Delhi, 72, KK Birla Marg, Lodi Estate, New Delhi 110003
The Polish Institute in New Delhi is proud to present the 2nd edition of the KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival with the aim of bringing acclaimed Polish movies to Indian audiences. The KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival is celebrating the best of Polish cinema, including award-winning films from Poland’s great auteurs and cutting edge, exciting work from a new generation of Polish film-making talent.
The Festival kicked off in Mumbai on 19th November and draws to a close in Delhi on 12th December. The two-city Festival is also split into two parts: the first, called Polish Cinema Now is focused on contemporary Polish cinema, and features some of the most recent film successes, including Andrzej Jakimowski’s highly-acclaimed Imagine, which opens the Delhi leg of Kinoteka in the presence of the director himself on 2nd of December, and that of his wife Ewa Jakimowska who worked on the film’s production design.
Imagine tells the tale of a spatial orientation instructor, who through unconventional means, teaches his blind students to navigate the world anew with an emphasis on imagination and sensory perception. His unorthodox approach to his surroundings underscores a faith in his students to overcome not just physical barriers, but their emotional vulnerabilities too.
The director, Andrzej Jakimowski, who is a graduate of the Krzysztof Kieślowski Katowice Film School, has this to say on shooting the film, ‘I found the methods used by blind people to find their way around the world to be both poetic and absolutely cinematic. It was only after several months’ research into spatial orientation techniques that I decided to write the screenplay for Imagine.’
“Imagine” offers an emotional opening to the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival. Other films on offer also have a similar effect. Indeed, Anna Tryc-Bromley, Director of the Polish Institute, New Delhi, adds, “the Polish Institute is bringing new Polish films from the years 2012-2014 including the Oscar candidate from Poland “Ida” by Pawel Pawlikowski. We are also celebrating Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Decalogue as this year marks the 25th anniversary of the series. The great film maker’s retrospective will be shown at IFFI Goa as well.”
Other films in this section are also highly-rated such as Ida, which has been nominated for next year’s Oscars in the Best Foreign Language Film category . The second part of the Festival is a tribute to arguably Poland’s best known film director – Krzysztof Kieślowski. 2014 marks the 25th anniversary of the premiere of his iconic The Decalogue series, and on the occasion the first four episodes from it will be screened as part of a Krzysztof Kieślowski Retrospective.
In addition to the Kieślowski movies, the Festival has a very special world poster exhibition based on the director’s movies. The films of Krzysztof Kieślowski in world film posters exhibition is a poster tribute highlighting the rich trajectory of the director’s films. Curated by the Film Museum in Łódź (Muzeum Kinematografii w Łodzi), the exhibition consists of 45 film posters featuring some of Kieślowski’s most critically lauded films, made in the years between 1976 and 1994.
In New Delhi the Krzysztof Kieślowski Retrospective will take place at Alliance Française, and will also feature the poster exhibition mentioned above from 3rd – 12th December 2014.
The exhibition to accompany the Krzysztof Kieślowski films will first be displayed at the 45th International Film Festival of India, Goa, at Inox, Panaji, from 6.00 pm 21st of November till 28th November and will be inaugurated by the acclaimed Polish cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, who has collaborated on some of Kieślowski’s best-loved films. Also in attendance will be Ms Kurowska, the vice-director of the Film Museum in Łódź, the ambassador of Poland to India, Tomasz Lukaszuk, the director of the Polish Institute, Anna Tryc-Bromley, and the director of IFFI, Mr Shankar Mohan. Three of the movies by Kieślowski that Slawomir Idziak worked on will also be showcased in Goa along with the first four episodes of ‘The Decalogue’; these include The Double Life of Veronique, Three Colors: Blue, and A Short Film About Killing. Slawomir Idziak is also on the jury panel at the International Film Festival of India, Goa.
The poster for this year’s KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival has been made by the renowned Polish artist Lech Majewski, graphic designer, illustrator and lecturer who was a student of Professor Henryk Tomaszewski the father of “The Polish School of Posters”. At present, Lech Majewski acts as the President of the International Poster Biennale in Warsaw. He says that “even if the poster doesn’t change the world, it’s important to remember one thing – the poster is an excellent record of place, time and event.”
As is the 2nd Kinoteka Polish Film Festival.
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