The Madison Polish Film Festival is a free annual event organized by the UW-Madison Polish Student Association in collaboration with the Department of German, Nordic, and Slavic+, CREECA, Wisconsin Union Directorate (WUD) Film Committee, and the Polish Heritage Club of Madison. The festival hosts a variety of films each year that explore Polish culture and identity as well as support the work of Polish writers and directors. Join us in celebrating Polish artists and visionaries at this years festival on December 5th and 6th 2020.
This year’s edition of the Madison Polish Film Festival will be an online-only event held on December 5th and 6th. All the films will be subtitled and available for screening at any time during the festival weekend for those who register and are Wisconsin residents.
Use the link below to register to watch the films:
There are three films being shown for this part of the 2020 Polish Film Festival:
Jak najdalej stąd (I Never Cry) 2020
Seventeen-year-old Ola sets off to Ireland to bring her father’s body back to Poland after he dies in a building site accident. But never mind her dad, Ola wants to know if he saved the money for a car he had promised her. Dealing with a foreign bureaucracy in her own streetwise way, Ola finally gets to know the father who had been largely absent in her life.
Żelazny most (The Iron Bridge) 2019
The dramatic story about a love triangle. Coalmine Foreman Kacper begins an affair with the wife of his friend, Oskar, also a miner. He sends Oskar off to work the most distant and dangerous parts of the pit so that he can meet his lover. During one such tryst there’s a collapse at the mine, and Oskar is trapped. The lovers throw themselves into the rescue operation. They deal with feelings of guilt and with the realization that they were the indirect cause of the trapped man’s drama. Their strong feelings for each other further complicate their predicament.
Ikar. Legenda Mietka Kosza (Icarus. The Legend of Mietek Kosz ) 2019
Inspired by the true story of the blind piano genius, Mieczylaw Kosz. As a child, Mietek (Mieczyslaw) loses his eyesight, and his mother places him in The Educational Center in Laski outside of Warsaw, a one-hundred-year-old school for the visually impaired. There he discovers music and finds that it is his way coping with the world. Mietek develops into an excellent classical pianist, but when he discovers jazz, he has only one goal: to become the best jazz pianist in Poland. He becomes more and more successful, not only in Poland, but around the world. He wins the prestigious Montreux Jazz Festival. Unexpectedly, a charismatic vocalist, Zuza, walks into his life, a meeting that will change his life forever.
Visit the festival's website for more info on the films and showings using the link below: