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Polish films hit Rome and Paris

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- There are some fine-looking showcases for Polish productions on the cards, with CiakPolska in the Italian capital from 13-19 November and KinoPolska in Paris, which starts on 18 November

Polish films hit Rome and Paris
Gods by Lukasz Palkowski

Roman and Parisian film buffs will soon get the chance to discover some top-notch recent Polish movies, thanks to two festivals being organised by Polish institutes. This submersion in the country’s cinema kicks off today in the Italian capital with the CiakPolska festival, which will present titles such as Gods [+see also:
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by Lukasz Palkowski, Kebab and Horoscope [+see also:
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by Grzegorz Jaroszuk, A Grain of Truth [+see also:
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interview: Borys Lankosz
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by Borys Lankosz, The Mighty Angel [+see also:
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by Wojciech Smarzowski, the Berlinale-awarded Body [+see also:
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by Malgorzata Szumowska, Hardkor Disko [+see also:
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interview: Krzysztof Skonieczny
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by Krzysztof Skonieczny, Life Feels Good [+see also:
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by Maciej Pieprzyca and Warsaw 44 [+see also:
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by Jan Komasa. The programme also includes Foreign Body [+see also:
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by Krzysztof Zanussi, who is the special guest at this, the third edition of the event (which will draw to a close on 19 November), and who will also present some older films: The Imperative, The Paradigm, A Year of the Quiet Sun, Persona non grata [+see also:
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and Illumination. Interestingly, the organisers of the gathering (which is taking place in the Casa del Cinema and the Cinema Trevi) have scheduled a special evening on 15 November to pay tribute to Krzysztof Krauze (who died in December 2014), including the screening of his thriller The Debt.

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Meanwhile, in Paris, the eighth edition of the KinoPolska Festival (18-22 November at the Le Balzac cinema) will be offering a competition comprising six films produced in 2014-2015, and which have not yet been released in France: the aforementioned Gods, Calling by Marcin Dudziak, Carte Blanche [+see also:
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by Jacek Lusinski, Demon [+see also:
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by the late Marcin Wrona, The Here After [+see also:
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interview: Magnus von Horn
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by Magnus von Horn and The Red Spider [+see also:
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by Marcin Koszalka. Furthermore, since 2015 marks the 250th anniversary of public theatre in Poland, the festival will present a selection of films exploring this theme, including a feature by Andrzej Wajda dating back to 2002, which has never been released in France: The Revenge. Also of note are the special screenings, which include such titles as Raging Rose [+see also:
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by Julia Kowalski, The Magic Mountain [+see also:
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by Anca Damian and Walser [+see also:
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by Zbigniew Libera, in addition to a tribute to writer and director Tadeusz Konwicki, who died in January this year, with such films as The Last Day of Summer (1958), Salto (1965) and Lava (1989).

(Translated from French)

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