Returning for the 12th year, the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival will run from 24 April – 30 May in venues across London and the UK, celebrating over five weeks, of the best of Polish Cinema, music and visual arts. A diverse selection of screenings will include UK premieres, exhibitions, concerts, interactive workshops and masterclasses. The Barbican, Riverside Studios, BFI Southbank, ICA, The National Gallery and Tate Modern will all host events with a record number of cinemas across the country taking part in this year’s Kinoteka on tour.
Appearing this year is a host of filmmakers including actress Jowita Budnik , director Jacek Bromski, filmmakers The Brothers Quay, artist filmmakers Anka and Wilhelm Sasnal, DJ/producers Skalpel , production/set designer Allan Starski and musician/composer Miko?aj Trzaska.
Central to this years festival will be a retrospective of the artist and filmmaker Walerian Borowczyk. Showing at the festival will be some of his artwork, early shorts, innovative animation and live-action features, many seen for the first time in the UK. Borowczyk believed that artists should be able to work in complete freedom and in the United Kingdom he is often noted as inspiring a whole generation of artists including Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam and The Brothers Quay.
BFI Southbank and the ICA will beholding a retrospective running throughout May with film screenings, an exhibition and talks. The ICA will also be hosting the first UK exhibition of Borowczyk’s artwork. Showcased here will be his preliminary work for his animations, as well as his wooden sound sculptures and rarely seen photos. The ICA Cinema to compliment this exhibition will also screen two shorts programmes including his 1964 animation, Angels’ Games.
Other highlights will include Sex in the Polish Socialist Republic -this programme of Polish animation shorts from the Communist period about sex and intimacy will be screened as part of the London International Animation Festival from 12 May at the Barbican and Field of Dogs will get it’s UK premiere from Lech Majewski at the National Gallery on 24 May.
You can also catch Kinoteka on tour bringing the best of New Polish Cinema at cinemas across the country and touring in Spring the there will be special screenings of Life Feels Good (26-27 April), Ticket to the Moon (17-18 May) and Sophie Seeks Seven (7-8 June) at cinemas in Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Jersey, Liverpool, Manchester, Oxford and Reading.
For more information about the festival and the films that are on offer on the film tour please see www.kinoteka.org.uk