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filmPOLSKA: The best of Polish cinema and its female filmmakers

Germany's biggest festival for Polish cinema, filmPOLSKA is back to showcase the country's most groundbreaking film-making talent.

Still from Body/Ciało (2015), directed by Małgorzata Szumowska.

From September 6-13, the 18th edition of filmPOLSKA takes place across several Berlin cinemas, with many films featuring English subtitles. There’s a brilliant competition programme with seven varied titles on offer from fiction to documentary – Bartlomiej Zmuda’s God And Lunaparks’ Warriors (2022), a true account of a boy overwhelmed by religious zeal embarking on a crusade to convert his father, looks particularly thrilling.

The festival has a special emphasis on new talents in Polish cinema, showcasing first and second features. Moreover, it presents strong features in its Panorama section and short film programmes. This year’s retrospective is dedicated to female filmmakers working in Poland after 2000, with eight films, including Dzikie róże (2017) by Anna Jadowska, Body/Ciało (2015) by Małgorzata Szumowska and Baby Blues (2012) by Katarzyna Rosłaniec.

Still from Dzikie róże (2017), directed by Anna Jadowska.

Side programmes include the special ‘Kunst im Kino’, dedicated to art in the context of cinema and curated by Lawinia Rate under the theme ‘Fairy Tale’. There will also be a focus on war in documentary films, a nod to the ongoing war in the Ukraine, with a concert/DJ set by renowned authors Dorota Masłowska and Agnieszka Szydłowska. This will be the last edition with Kornel Miglus as the main festival curator – the man behind the initiation of the whole festival, providing another cause for celebration. This will be a special one indeed. 

  • The festival will be taking place at City Kino Wedding, Topography of Terror, Arsenal, Sputnik, Wolf Kino, Deutsches Historisches Museum, among others, Sep 6-13, details.