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Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival

24th Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival
November 17-19, 2017
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor


Friday, November 17
7:00 pm       Wołyń (Volhynia) dir. Wojciech Smarzowski, drama, 2016 (150 min)
Set in the 1939-1943, the film tells the story of young Polish girl, Zosia Głowacka, from Volhynia's village settled by Ukrainians, Poles and Jews. Despite being in love with a Ukrainian boy, Zosia is forced to marry a wealthy Polish widower. World War II erupts around them, plunging the region into utter chaos.

Saturday, November 18
Children’s Program, 3+
10:00 am     Przytul mnie (Hug me) dir. Mateusz Jarmulski, animation, 2016 (5 x 6 min)
An uplifting TV show for children, portraying the unique bond that Father and Teddy share. It teaches children to pay attention to small words and gestures, thanks to which we create and maintain good relations with others.

                    Mami Fatale dir. Marcin Wasilewski, animation 2012-2014, (3 x 10 min)
A story of Mami who left the city to live an idyllic life in the country, and to follow her greatest passion which is cookery. In her slightly strange kitchen, she creates amazing dishes which Piglet and Doggie wait for patiently, but not always too patiently.

                   Children’s book exhibit

Documentary  and Short Films
1:00 pm       W absolutnej ciszy (In Absolute Silence) dir. Łukasz Śródka
                    Sen o Warszawie (Dreaming of Warsaw) dir. Mateusz Czuchnowski
                    Złe uczynki (Evil Deeds) dir. Piotr Domalewski
Intermission 15 min.
                   Kurs (The Ride) dir. Kacper Anuszewski
                   Daniel (Daniel) dir. Anastazja Dąbrowska
                   Drzewo i ja (The Tree and Me) dir. Łukasz Nowak; Q&A session with the director to follow.

Feature Films
6:00 pm     Sztuka kochania (The Art of Loving) dir. Maria Sadowska, biography, 2017 (117 min)
Michalina Wisłocka, the most famous and recognized sexologist of communist Poland, fights for the right to publish her book, which will change the sex life of Polish people forever.   
8:30 pm     Po prostu przyjaźń (Simply Friendship) dir. Filip Zylber, comedy 2017 (136 min)
Friendship connecting a group of people is put in jeopardy by life’s setbacks.

Sunday, November 19
Children’s Program, 8+
10:00 am    Za niebieskimi drzwiami (Behind the Blue Door) dir. Mariusz Palej, family, 2017 (90 min)
An adventure beyond your wildest dreams. It has everything children love: intriguing heroes, mysterious monsters and new friends – colourful, magical birds. It starts when Łukasz discovers that the blue door in his room leads to a different world.

                 Childrens' book exhibit            

Documentary  and Short Films
1:00 pm      Zygmunt Hübner: Gra z rzeczywistością (Zygmunt Hübner: Playing with Reality)
                   dir. Edyta Wróblewska
                  Wspólna kamienica (Our House) dir. Agnieszka Magdalena Podkówka
                  Jestem Tomek (I Am Tomek) dir. Paweł Son Ngo; Q&A session with the director to follow.

Feature film
3:00 pm     Powidoki (Afterimage) dir. Andrzej Wajda, drama, 2016 (100 min)
Famed Polish director Andrzej Wajda’s final film tells the story of charismatic painter Władysław Strzemiński, who opposed social realism and maintained his own artistic freedom in spite of political harassment.

All films are subtitled in English but are not rated.
Films represent contemporary trends in Polish cinema and do not reflect views and opinions of the festival organizers. The organizers reserve the right to change the program without notice.
Tickets: $10 general admission, $6 seniors and students, free for UM Students with valid ID
Children’s program: $5 general admission, $15 family ticket for 3 and more


Festival Guest


Łukasz Nowak, director of the short narrative film Drzewo i ja (The Tree and Me), was born in Katowice in 1979. A quest for a life worthy of living led him to signing up for photography courses and part-time studies in film production management at the Silesian University, where he later also took up film directing. He has worked with Filip Bajon and has collaborated with Magdalena Piekorz and Rafael Kapeliński. His independent short feature The Tree and Me premiered in 2016.


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