Sunday 25 October from 6pm to 8:30pm Wednesday 28 October from 7pm to 9:30pm Friday 30 October from 7pm to 9:30pm Saturday 31 October from 7pm to 9:30pm Sunday 1 November from 3pm to 5:30pm Friday 6 November from 7pm to 9:30pm Saturday 7 November from 7pm to 9:30pm Sunday 8 November from 6pm to 8:30pm
The 2020 edition of Polish Film Festival Sydney presents a range of contemporary and award-winning works from renowned and up and coming Polish filmmakers.
The Festival opens with one of the most expensive Polish film productions of all time. THE LEGIONS by Dariusz Gajewski 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 biographical drama 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 moving 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 we have 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.
Full Programme of the 2020 Polish Film Festival Sydney
THE LEGIONS (Legiony) - Sunday 25 October 6:00pm
THE TASTE OF PHO (Smak pho) - Wednesday 28 October 7.00pm
THE IRON BRIDGE (Żelazny Most) - Friday 30 October 7:00pm
ICARUS. THE LEGEND OF MIETEK KOSZ (Ikar. Legenda Mietka Kosza) - Saturday 31 October 7:00pm
THE DAY OF CHOCOLATE (Dzień Czekolady) - Sunday 1 November 3:00pm
SERVANTS OF WAR (Sługi wojny) - Friday 6 November 7.00pm
VALLEY OF THE GODS (Dolina Bogów) - Saturday 7 November 7:00pm
CHARLATAN (Szarlatan) - Sunday 8 November 6.00pm
The 2020 PFF Sydney is organised with a Covid Safety Plan in place and appropriate measures are taken to ensure the Festival is as safe as possible. Occupancy limits and social distancing will apply in every auditorium and throughout the foyer areas of the venue to follow requirements introduced by NSW government.