Poland Film Festival 2016

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Although Poland has produced visionaries like Polanski, Kieslowski and Wajda, and the country's film industry has had an outsize impact on the history of cinema, the films themselves remain relatively unknown in Japan. This festival, now back for its fifth run, aims to correct that. Moving to Shinjuku's Cinemart, the 2016 edition will feature a programme including both classics and newer fare – a total of 17 films. Look out for the selection of ten essential films by Andrzej Wajda, who sadly passed away earlier this year (A Generation (1954), Kanał (1956) and Ashes and Diamonds (1958) are among the highlights), or opt for more recent standouts such as Jan P Matuszyński's The Last Family (2016), which tells the true (and sad) story of surrealist painter Zdzisław Beksiński, and United States of Love (2016), which won the Silver Bear for Best Script in Berlin this year. The full schedule can be found here.

Note that all films are shown with Japanese subtitles only.

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