Walerian Borowczyk was one of Poland most famous, and controversial, film directors. He began his career making animation before moving to France where he began creating live action films. After initially impressing critics with films including Goto, Island of Love and The Story of Sin he eventually lost favour as his work became increasing concerned [...]
At the height of Socialist power in Poland a small number of dedicated climbers succeeded in scaling the highest peaks of the Himalayas. How was such an incredible feat achieved at a time of heavily restricted international travel?
In Beats of Freedom journalist Chris Salewicz, explores the passionate pursuit of rock music during the Communist era.Salewicz embarks on a journey across 3 decades of Polish rock, meeting the defining musicians of the time and exploring the impact of legendary concerts.
Political Dress looks at fashion as a subversive art during Communist era Poland. At a time when shops sold little more than uniforms, many individuals found liberty through bright colours and personal tailoring. The film considers the country’s style odyssey spanning five decades and the unique and expressive style choices that emerged during this time.
Creatures great and small, real and imaginary feature in this selection of 6 animated short films from Poland. Join us for tales of a lonely elephant looking for its soulmate, cheeky dwarfs wreaking havoc in the woods and cowboys helped by their trusty horses in their hunt for gold. A colourful, energetic and imaginative programme [...]
Late night animation embracing the surreal and unexpected. In this selection of stories you’ll discover lost characters in labyrinthian landscapes, cannibalistic clams attacking dinner party guests and a version of Little Red Riding Hood that has to be seen to be believed. There’s an air of political subversion to many of these films, made by [...]