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KINOTEKA, the 4th edition of the Polish Film Festival in India

Mumbai 20-27 October 2016
Delhi 17-30 November 2016
Chennai 15-22 December 2016

The Polish Institute New Delhi is organizing the 4th edition of its annual KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival in India from 20 October to 22 December 2016. This edition of the Festival sees the addition of two more cities, Mumbai and Chennai, to its traditional home Delhi, where the Festival has been held for the last three years. The Festival is being organized in collaboration with the JIO MAMI Mumbai Film Festival with Star (20-27 October), India Habitat Centre in New Delhi (17-30 November), and the Chennai International Film Festival in (15-22 December).

This year, the Festival pays homage to the legend of Polish cinema, Andrzej Wajda, who passed away in October 2016, after giving us more than five decades of unforgettable cinematic masterpieces and memories. Some of his most iconic works, including the Palm d’Or recipient ‘Man of Iron’ and the epic ‘Promised Land’ will be screened at the Festival in new digitally-restored versions. The aforementioned films, along with other digitally-restored classics from the likes of Krzysztof Zanussi, Jerzy Kawalerowicz and others, are part of the ‘Martin Scorsese Presents Masterpieces of Polish Cinema’ project and have been single-handedly chosen by Scorsese himself, as he explains, “Each of the films in this special series embodies what Wajda called “the impertinent freedom of creativity in the cinema”. These are films that have great emotional and visual power – they’re “serious” films that, with their depth, stand up to repeated viewings. The subtext of great conflict and cultural identity is universal, the themes in these films will resonate.”

In addition to expanding the frontiers of the festival, the 4th edition of KINOTEKA has widened the scope of the films to screened, both in number and in genre. This year, the Festival celebrates old gems but also new Polish cinema and upcoming directors like the multi-starrer by Jan P. Matuszyński, ‘The Last Family’ and Wojciech Staroń’s winner at Locarno, ‘Brothers’. The Festival will open with ‘Enlightened Soul: The Three Names of Uma Devi’, a documentary about Wanda Dynowska – the Polish disciple of Mahatma Gandhi, who went on to call India home.

Entry to screenings is free and open to all.