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First of all, we would like to recommend you to check out our YouTube channel where you can find documentary films and features as well as masterclasses and workshop scenes.
Among them, there are, the nominated for the European Film Award documentary “Paparazzi” by Piotr Bernaś, which tells a story of Polish paparazzo Przemysław Stoppa, and a film by Agnieszka Smoczyńska entitled “Viva Maria!” dedicated to Maria Foltyn, an outstanding Polish singer and opera director, the founder of the Moniuszko Music Lovers’ Society.
For sports fans who cannot support their favorite players and teams at the moment, we recommend to watch films “Football Father” by Marek Jóźwiak and “Race” by Stanisław Cuske. The main character of the first film is Marcin who works as a masseur in a soccer club. Although he is blind himself, he starts taking his partially sighted son with him to the matches. In turn, the film by Stanisław Cuske is an intimate portrait of the relationship between a father, Tomasz Gollob, who is a famous Polish speedway rider and his son who takes after his dad.
Worth seeing is also Marcin Wrona’s “Telefono” which tells the story of Patty Diphus – an erotic film star, based on the character created by Pedro Almodovar, or the sets of short documentary films entitled “Silence” (which were made during the second edition of the documentary course, the films interpret silence in various ways) and sets of feature films titled “Meetings” – consisting of short etudes shot by students of the feature programmes at Wajda School in 2002.
For all of those who would like to set on a sentimental journey through the forgotten or underestimated in the era of digital cinema film professions, we have the movie called “This Film Has Been Approved”. This is Andrzej Wajda himself who is our guide on this trip. The film was made by our students, Eliza Kubarska, Piotr Bernaś, Łukasz Borowski, Grzegorz Brzozowski, Paulina Capała, Aleksander Duraj, Dariusz Gackowski, Paweł Janicki, Jan P. Matuszyński, Marta Minorowicz, Natalia Pawłowska, Julia Popławska, Krzysztof Sacha, Piotr Sadziński, Magdalena Szymków, Bartłomiej Świderski and Maciej Wąsik.
In addition to films, you can watch workshop scenes for such movies as “Werewolf” by Adrian Panek, “Lubiewo” by Paweł Maślona, “The Girl from the Wardrobe” and “The Man with a Magic Box” by Bodo Kox, “Marcel” by Marcin Mikulski, “Demon” by Marcin Wrona, “Wymyk” by Grzegorz Zgliński, “Ki” by Leszek Dawid, “Summer 1993” by Carla Simon, as well as interviews with participants of our courses.
We also provide excerpts from the masterclasses of – Andrzej Wajda and Wojciech Marczewski, as well as the Academy Award winners Paweł Pawlikowski and Volker Schloendorff, outstanding cinematographers, Jerzy Zieliński and Witold Stok, the Academy Award winner, an outstanding production designer and set decorator, Allan Starski, or the eminent Polish reporter, Ryszard Kapuściński, who talks on contemporary Europe and its role in world culture.
Most films which are available on our YouTube channel have English subtitles, so feel free to share them with your English speaking friends.
Ninateka.pl is one of the biggest platform in Poland where you can find the masterpieces of the Polish cinema. Among the Polish classics, there are a few films made by Wajda School and Studio which we would like to recommend you to watch. Please note that some of them may not be available to watch abroad.
- “PRL de Luxe”, dir. Edyta Wróblewska. Crazy Mike from Krakow specializes in organizing guided tours that are anything but typical. He drives the tourists to Nowa Huta in a dilapidated Vee Dub and allows the relics of the past- the “Stylowa” restaurant, the former site of the Lenin monument, the giant steelworks, a typical worker’s flat- to unfold their charms. During the sightseeing, he talks about the joys of life in the People’s Republic of Poland and the absurdities of real socialism. Will the memory of the trip stay with the tourists a little longer?
- “Hitler in the Opera”, dir. Michał Grzybowski. A story based on facts. Aaron, a quiet, introverted Israeli opera singer, a star who doesn’t shine so bright anymore, arrives in a little theatre in rural Poland to give a guest performance. He evokes both admiration and respect among the theatre staff. Aaron doesn’t feel comfortable in the country where Jews suffered so much but, as a professional, he tries to integrate with the crew. During one of rehearsals, he feels that somebody is watching him. To his horror, the man he notices behind the curtain looks like… Adolf Hitler.
- “Aria Diva”, dir. Agnieszka Smoczyńska. Basia (30) has already settled down in her life. She is a housewife and has a loving family. It seems as though she does not miss anything to be happy. Until a moment when an opera diva moves into an apartment upstairs. Basia is enchanted and seduced with her voice. A peculiar relationship is born between them. It develops into a feeling which is not particularly comfortable for either of the two women.
- “Mother”, dir. Jakub Piątek. The filmmakers were right in assuming that a vocal commentary in this story would be absolutely redundant. The entire life experience of the main protagonist is engraved in the wrinkled face of a mother who, despite her old age, regularly covers a 450-kilometre distance to visit her son serving a prison sentence. These moments in a visiting room are all she can hope for to express her feelings: longing, persistent concern, her wise resignation to her lot. The camera follows her daily life in a poor village as she raises her grandchildren, prays, and waits. Will she live to see her son a free man? After all, he still has ten long years to serve.
- “On Credit”, dir. Przemysław Nowakowski. A modern version of the medieval legend about a couple of lovers who were not able to see each because of a curse. Agnieszka and Lucek do not see each other. But the reason is a loan not a curse.
- “A Woman Sought”, dir. Michał Marczak. The film is a portrait of people searching for love. A French aristocrat hires a professional matchmaker to help him find a wife from Poland. Meetings with successive candidates reveal the women’s fears, expectations and concealable wishes. Will the search end successfully?
- “Milky Brother”, dir. Vahram Mkhitaryan. A story of a little boy named Seto who lives in a small village in Armenia. Soon, a new member of his family is to be born. Seto is hoping for a brother, yet the infant dies. Instead of a little brother, a lamb appears in Seto’s life. Initial dislike turns quickly into liking – friendship evolves between Seto and the lamb. Unfortunately, not for long. The family decides that the boys has to part with his favourite animal.
- “What It Is Like To Be My Mother”, dir. Norah McGettigan. Monika, since her accident some three years previously, has been confined to a wheelchair. Her daughter Julia makes a film about her mother as part of a school project. This film allows both of them to say things they would not normally say to one another.
- “Rules of the Game”, dir. Wojciech Jagiełło. Tomasz is a first-year student of environmental engineering. He has come to the city from a small town and is trying to find his feet in the utterly unfamiliar surroundings of a large metropolis. He is also striving to establish himself amongst his fellow students. Which is no easy task for a lad from the provinces. Tomasz’s problems with adapting lead to the complete loss of his sense of security. And that becomes the root of some nascent obsessions.
- “The Naturals”, dir. Kristoffer Rus. Between Monika and Piotr the sexual attraction have faded away, but not jealousy. They decide to try therapy in order to save their marriage. Accidentally they end up at an evolutionary psychologists office. It turns out that their desires are completely justified by the reproductive strategies shaped over millions of years of evolution. In this black comedy the release of the primal instincts, becomes a recipe for a successful relationship.
- “Journey”, dir. Dariusz Glazer. It’s a story of a young woman from Warsaw – Iwona who has two children and works in a supermarket. He lives with his unemployed husband in a block of flats. They are always short of money – that causes many quarrels and destroys their relationship . One day Iwona receives a great offer from her old friend – Wojtek. He wants her to move to London and start a brand new life…
- “Sleep-walkers”, dir. Maciej Sterło-Orlicki. Real love is more precious than all hair on your head. Hairdresser Rafał cannot accept the breakdown of his relationship with Kama. He still lives with her parents – a neurotic, constantly pacing former secret police officer and his wife who incessantly fights with a rat in the kitchen. One day Majka comes to Rafał’s hair-dressing salon and turns his life upside down.
- “Urban Cowboys”, dir. Paweł Ziemilski. Can a horse save a life? In Clondalkin (Dublin) that’s exactly the case. In a district where there is a lot of problems and not a lot of prospects, young people face drugs, prison and the path of crime. But some of them manage to escape into an unusual hobby. They tame wild horses and become…urban cowboys. When 14-year-old Dylan hits a dark patch in his life, he finds comfort in Shelly, a white mare that quickly becomes his whole world. Even though taming of wild horses is illegal in Ireland and Shelly’s hooves are not used to the concrete streets, their unlikely friendship grows stronger.
Vod.pl and Dafilms.pl
If you watch in Poland, there are more than 20 films developed and produced at Wajda School and Studio available at the Vod.pl. You can find them on the playlist entitled “Unikatowe polskie dokumenty”.
“Arabic secret” tells the story of Kamil, who wants to meet his father Ilham Al Madfai, a star of Arab folk music in the Middle East, while the “Runners” is about the phenomenon of the ultramarathon runners.
Movies on the Dafilms.pl platform are available for registered users only, but you do not have to buy a subscription to watch them – just use the “Share and watch for free” option.