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POLISH FILM FESTIVAL SYDNEY returns to Palace Norton St this spring with a strong line-up of critically acclaimed films, preceded by two special preview screenings of Oscar-nominated CORPUS CHRISTI before the Festival opens on Sunday 25 October.
The Festival opens with one of the most expensive Polish film productions of all time. THE LEGIONS is an epic history drama that follows a love triangle set against the backdrop of the heroic struggle of Polish Legions to win independence from Tsarist Russia.
Closing the Festival is the Australian premiere of CHARLATAN, a fascinating biopic by three-time Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland (Mr.Jones, Spoor, Europa Europa) of an exceptional Czech healer who cured thousands with plant-based remedies.
Another highlight of the programme is the all-star VALLEY OF THE GODS from visionary director Lech Majewski, starring John Malkovich, Josh Harnett (Black Hawk Down), Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall), Keir Dullea (2001: A Space Odyssey) and John Rhys-Davies (Lord of the Rings trilogy). A cross between fantasy and sci-fi takes the viewers on a surreal journey between three interweaving stories to illustrate the clash between traditions of ancient civilizations and the modern high-tech world of the super-rich.
Brimming with jazz ICARUS. THE LEGEND OF MIETEK KOSZ by Maciej Pieprzyca (Life Feels Good) is a drama inspired by the true story of blind piano prodigy Mietek Kosz, starring the brilliant Dawid Ogrodnik with music by one of the most acclaimed Polish jazz pianists and music composers, Leszek Możdżer.
Also screening this year are two feature debuts from female directors. THE TASTE OF PHO by Japan-born and Poland based Mariko Bobrik is a warm story of a Vietnamese cook living in Warsaw and struggling to fit into the European culture, which his ten-year-old daughter has already embraced as her own. THE IRON BRIDGE by Monika Jordan-Młodzianowska is a dramatic story about a love triangle set in a Silesian mining community.
For our younger audience, there is THE DAY OF CHOCOLATE, a delightful adaptation of the award-winning book by Anna Onichimowska under the same title, about the adventures of Monika and Dawid. Fans of thrillers will enjoy SERVANTS OF WAR by Mariusz Gawryś.
All films screen only once and seats are limited so book your tickets early!
25 October – 8 November