Polish Films at 16th Taipei IFF
The 16th Taipei International Film Festival will feature a special section dedicated to Polish cinema. The festival lineup features over 30 Polish films. Polish presence in the festival lineup has been co-financed by the Polish Film Institute.
City in Focus: Warsaw
Every year, Taipei’s ‘City in Focus’ section showcases the works from a selected country. This year, the audience selected Warsaw as the ‘City in Focus’. The lineup features a total of over 30 Polish films.
Festival audiences will have an opportunity to see four feature films directed by Wojciech Smarzowski: Wesele (The Wedding; 2004), Dom zły (Dark House; 2009), Róża (Rosa; 2011), and Drogówka (The Traffic Department; 2013).
The festival lineup also features a retrospective of animated films by director Piotr Dumała, including such films as Lynanotropia (1981), Łagodna (A Gentle Spirit; 1985), Nerwowe życie kosmosu (1987), Ściany (1988), Wolność nogi (1988), Franz Kafka (1992), Zbrodnia i kara (Crime and Punishment; 2000), Dr Charakter przedstawia (2010), and Dr Charakter przedstawia II (2012).
Małe stłuczki (Little Crushes) in New Talent Competition
The festival’s New Talent Competition lineup features Małe stłuczki (Little Crushes), a film directed by Aleksandra Gowin and Ireneusz Grzyb. Further details about the film and the competition are available here.
Contemporary Polish Cinema
The festival’s ‘Contemporary Selection’ lineup features the following Polish films: Obietnica (The Word) by Anna Kazeja, Psie Pole (Field of Dogs) by Lech Majewski, Ida by Paweł Pawlikowski, Chce się żyć (Life Feels Good) by Maciej Pieprzyca, Papusza by Joanna Kos-Krauze and Krzysztof Krauze, Pokłosie (Aftermath) by Władysław Pasikowski, W sypialni (In a Bedroom) by Tomasz Wasilewski, Jesteś Bogiem (You’re a God) by Leszek Dawid, Sala Samobójców (Suicide Room) by Jan Komasa, Made in Poland by Przemysław Wojcieszek, and 33 sceny z życia (33 Scenes from Life) by Małgorzata Szumowska.
The festival lineup also features a number of Polish film classics. The classics section of the festival will screen digitally remastered copies of Popiół i diament (Diamonds and Ashes; 1958) by Andrzej Wajda, Matka Joanna od Aniołów (Mother Joan of the Angels; 1961) by Jerzy Kawalerowicz, Nóż w wodzie (Knife in the Water; 1962) by Roman Polański, Sanatorium pod klepsydrą (The Hourglass Sanatorium; 1973) by Wojciech Jerzy Has, Amator (Camera Buff; 1979) by Krzysztof Kieślowski, Rok spokojnego słońca (A Year of the Quiet Sun;1984) by Krzysztof Zanussi, and La double vie de Veronique (The Double Life of Veronique; 1991) by Krzysztof Kieślowski.
Polish Films in Taipei Thanks to the Polish Film Institute
The Polish showcase at the 16th Taipei IFF is organized by the Adam Mickiewicz Institute. Polish presence at the festival is possible thanks to financial support of the Polish Film Institute.
Further details about the festival are available at eng.taipeiff.org.tw.
Translated by Karolina Kołtun