Featuring the 6th Polish Film Festival, ACMI at Federation Square (cnr Swanston & Flinders Street, Melbourne CBD) and Classic Cinemas (9 Gordon St, Elsternwick) will be screening this year's festival films from 18-28 October 2018. With an already sold out Opening Night event (you could try going on the wait list), it's a case of first come first served in the race for tickets.
You'll find the full program and tickets HERE. If you're a bit of a movie buff, save a few dollars by purchasing tickets to 5 or more films at Classic Cinema. These need to be bought in person at the cinema box office.
Kicking off the Festival on Opening Night, amongst many award winners and exciting Australian premieres, is Cold War, winner of the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, and touted as a major 2019 Oscar contender. Inspired by the real life story of director Paweł Pawlikowski's own parents, this film uses black and white visuals and a strong soundtrack to signify the passage of time and shifting relationships.
Impossibly romantic and visually stunning, it spans 15 years between lovers, pianist Wiktor and singer Zula, who find themselves stranded on either side of the Iron Curtain, struggling to find their moment in time. A stunning opening night event, it comes complete with a welcome function, a glass of wine and finger foods and a formal festival opening by festival director Ted Matkowski.
Mid festival, don't miss a little gem called Another Day of Life. An animated/doco feature, it's a gripping story of a 3 month long trip across Angola, ravaged by war, with the front lines shifting like a kaleidoscope from one day to the next. Brilliant veteran journalist Ryszard Kapuściński embarks on a seemingly suicidal road trip into the heart of the civil war. Witnessing the dirty realities of war and discovering a sense of helplessness foreign to him, he is forever changed. This may well be the next art house film in the making.
Winner of the 2017 European Film Award for best animation, Loving Vincent is the festival's closing night event. The world's first animated film made up of 65,000 hand painted frames created by 125 artists from around the world over a 6 year period, it tells the story of the life and death of Vincent Van Gogh. Armand Roulin has been given the last letter written by Van Gogh, to deliver to Vincent's brother Theo. As his search continues, he meets a variety of characters who knew Vincent, and painted their own visual portraits of a man who was both despised and loved, and prone to bouts of mental and physical illness. For Armand, it raises questions about Vincent's death.
Whether you choose a film based on the life of a small-town drug addict who rose to athletic greatness (Breaking the Limits); a Polish cult classic (EDI); a tale of memory loss (Fugue); a son with a disorderly father (Juliusz); a step into time travel (The Man with the Magic Box); a winner at the 2018 Berlinale Film Fest (Mug); six stories about ordinary people in extreme situations (Panic Attack) or a road movie (Via Carpatia), there's plenty to enjoy across this curated event that's bigger and better than before. Be sure to follow the Facebook page for updates and individual events.
2018 Polish Festival @ Federation Square on Sun 18 Nov
The love for Polish events doesn't have to end here. Upcoming next is the 2018 Polish Festival at Federation Square which runs from 10am to 5pm on Sun 18 Nov 2018. A very significant year, as 2018 will be the jubilee year marking the 100th anniversary of Poland regaining its Independence after disappearing from the map of Europe for over 120 years. This calls for a celebration at Fed Square, so give it some love and enjoy the festivities and entertainment at the Square!