November 2018

The Butler (Kamerdyner) Co-Presented by Konekt Polish Canadian Professionals at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles on November 10th at 900pm is SOLD OUT.

Because of the high demand to see this film, we’ve added another screening date on November 18th at 430pm at Cine-StarzTheatre in Mississauga. For tickets to see The Butler in MISSISSAUGA Click HERE

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Ekran’s Marta Pozniakowski, Actress Marianna Zydek from the Butler & Liliana Komorowska

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Actor Janusz Gajos in The Butler

The Butler is the story of Prussia’s von Krauss family and the love affair between a young Kashubian man named Mateusz and a German aristocrat named Marta. The complicated fate of three nations in the old Polish-German region of Kashubia, where the artificial line of the border drawn at Versailles after the First World War divided not only the land, but also the people.

Ekran will be in Toronto at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles until November 11th and in Mississauga from November 16-18. 

The weather outside is cold, so what’s not a better way to spend your dark November nights than cozying with a big bag of popcorn and a Polish flick at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles.

We are at the half way point on the Toronto leg of our festival and what a memorable 4 days it has been.

After screenings of Cold War (dir. Pawel Pawlikowski) & NINA (dir. Olga Chajdas) on Monday, Tuesday was the Opening Gala at The Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, with the Canadian thriller 22 Chaser (dir. Rafal Sokolowski).  Sokolowski alongside cast and crew came up onto the stage to answer questions in a Q&A after the screening.

Tuesday night we also screened the Award Winning Silent Night (dir. Piotr Domanski). The emotional family drama included a Q&A session with actor Arkadiusz Jakubik. Jakubik, currently one of Poland’s best actors, won Best Supporting Actor for his role in Silent Night at the 42nd Polish Film Festival.  The audience was not only moved by his emotional performance in the film, but his heart felt and earnest Q&A after the screening.

On Wednesday November 6th we returned to our usual venue, the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles. Arkadiusz Jakubikjoined us once again to answer questions in a Q&A after the audience watched his performance in the inspiring film Breaking the Limits (dir. Lukasz Palkowski), based on the true story of Iron Man Champion Jurek Gorski.

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Jasia Kiersnowski, Head Jury Member Ottie Lockey, Filmmaker Olga Chajdas & Marta Pozniakowski

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Actor Arkadiusz Jakubik

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Breaking the Limits (dir. Lukasz Palkowski)

We were also happy to Co-Present the film Squadron 303 (dir. Denis Delic) with the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce.  Not only is Ekran celebrating its 10th year as Toronto’s Polish Film Festival, but Poland is celebrating 100 years of Independence! This was also commemorated at the event.

Special congratulations was given by the Polish Minister of Culture to Ekran director Marta Pozniakowski and the Ekran team for their 10 years of bringing Polish culture to Canada. Thank you also to the Consulate General of Poland in Toronto for always supporting us and being in attendance for this milestone!

Tonight, November 7th, we are happy to screen Fugue (dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska), Co-Presented by Bechdel Tested at 630pm. Bechdel Tested is a feminist film and panel series at the Revue Cinema featuring women-centric films alongside panel discussions on women’s representation in various industries.

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Photo Cred. Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce

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Chamber VP Stephen Klus, Marta Pozniakowski and Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce President Wojciech Sniegowski (photo cred. CP Chamber of Commerce)

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Fugue dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska

Following Fugue at 900pm will be My Friend the Polish Girl  (dir. Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek), a double screening with the short film The Lake (dir. Catherine Kasima Kanda).

Tickets are selling fast for the films for this coming weekend! Get them HERE to avoid any disappointment at the Box Office when films sell out.

Check out our Schedule to read more about upcoming films at Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival (Nov 5-11 in Toronto, Nov 16-18 in Mississauga)

Last night was the official kick off to a week full of films in Toronto (Nov 5-11) and a weekend to come in Mississauga (Nov 16-18).

Yesterday’s Special Screening of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Award Winning Cold War (Zimna Wojna) was SOLD OUT. Potentially, this was the last chance Toronto audiences could catch the film in theatre! Oscar buzz has been following this film since it’s premiere in Cannes 2018.

Following Cold War, we had our first Q&A with director Olga Chajdas after screening her feature debut, NINANINA was Co-Presented by Inside Out LGTB Film Festival.

We are looking forward to spending more time tonight with Olga at our Opening Gala, which will proceed after our opening night films 22 Chaser  at 7pm (Q&A after the film with director Rafal Sokolowski and crew) and our second opening night screening of Silent Night (Cicha Noc)  at 930pm with special guest, Award Winning Actor Arkadiusz Jakubik.

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NINA dir. Olga Chajdas and Q&A host Jasia Kiersnowski

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22 Chaser dir. Rafal Sokolowski

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Here’s a look at the Toronto Schedule for November 5-11:

Wednesday, Nov 7th

6:30pm – “Breaking the Limits”, director Lukasz Palkowski (Q&A w. Arkadiusz Jakubik); Revue Cinema

9:15pm – “Squadron 303”, director Denis Delic (Co-Presented by Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce); Revue Cinema

Thursday, Nov 8th

6:30pm – “Fugue”, director Agnieszka Smoczynska (Co-Presented by Bechdel Tested); Revue Cinema

9:00pm – “My Friend the Polish Girl”, director Ewa Banaszkiewicz & Mateusz Dymek; Revue Cinema (double screening, together with “The Lake”)

9:00pm – “The Lake”, director Catherine Kasima Kanda; Revue Cinema (double screening, together with “My Friend the Polish Girl”)

Friday, Nov 9th

6:30pm – Block of Short Films, various directors (see below); Revue Cinema

8:30pm – “Mug”, director Malgorzata Szumowska; Revue Cinema (double screening, together with “On the Road”)

8:30pm – “On the Road”, director Bartosz Nowacki (Q&A w. Bartosz Nowacki); Revue Cinema (double screening, together with “Mug”)

Saturday, Nov 10th

4:00pm – “Back Home”, director Magdalena Łazarkiewicz (Co-Presented by The Human Rights Film Festival & JAYU); Revue Cinema

6:30pm – “A Cat with a Dog”, director Janusz Kondratiuk (Q&A w. Bozena Stachura); Revue Cinema

9:00pm – “The Butler”, director Filip Bajon (Co-Presented by Konekt Polish Canadian Professionals); Revue Cinema

Sunday, Nov 11th

4:00pm – “Pardon”, director Jan Jakub Kolski (Q&A w. Monika Onoszko) (Co-Presented by The Human Rights Film Festival & JAYU); Revue Cinema (double screening, together with “Deer Boy”)

4:00pm – “Deer Boy”, director Katarzyna Gondek (Q&A w. Monika Onoszko); Revue Cinema (double screening, together with “Pardon”)

7:00pm – “Leave Me Not”, director Grzegorz Lewandowski; Revue Cinema

9:00pm – “7 Emotions”, director Marek Koterski; Revue Cinema

For Tickets Click HERE.

SPECIAL EVENTS

Friday, Nov 9th, 6:30pm – Block of Short Films, various directors; Revue Cinema

“A Prayer”, director Sofia Bohdanowicz

“An Evening”, director Sofia Bohdanowicz

“Another Prayer”, director Sofia Bohdanowicz

“Running Toward Thou”, director Hanka Brulinska

“How to Fall”, director Aref Mahabadi

Saturday, Nov 10th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Screening of Short Films & Documentaries at High Park Library, Community Room, 228 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto (FREE)

“Daddy”, director Kacper Anuszewski

“Dreaming of Warsaw”, director Mateusz Czuchnowski

“Heimat”, director Emi Buchwald

“New Bronx”, director Filip Ignatowicz

“Short Distance”, director Giovanni Pierangeli

“You Are What You Eat”, director Monika Kalicki

 

Can’t make Toronto’s Festival. Don’t worry, we will be in Mississauga at Cine-Starz Mississauga Nov 16-18.

 

Friday, Nov 16th

7:00pm – “Plan B”, director Kinga Dębska; Ciné Starz Mississauga (double screening, together with “Leader”)

7:00pm – “Leader”, director Katia Priwiezenciew; Ciné Starz Mississauga (double screening, together with “Plan B”)

9:00pm – “Fugue”, director Agnieszka Smoczynska; Ciné Starz Mississauga

Saturday, Nov 17th

3:00pm – “Forever a Pilot of the Spitfire” (Documentary), director Slawomir Ciok; Ciné Starz Mississauga

5:00pm – “Don’t cry when I am gone” (Documentary), director Slawomir Grunberg; Ciné Starz Mississauga

6:30pm – “Werewolf”, director Adrian Panek; Ciné Starz Mississauga

Sunday, Nov 18th

3:00pm – “The Gorals – Highlanders of Carpathia” (Documentary), director Filip Luft (Co-Presented by The Polish Highlanders Association of Canada (Zwiazek Podhalan w Kanadzie); Ciné Starz Mississauga

4:30pm – “Outsider”, director Adam Sikora; Ciné Starz Mississauga

 

 

Ticketing Details:

Tickets purchased online are non refundable. Seats are not numbered – first come first served.

Doors open 15 min before each screening. Tickets purchased online should be printed or displayed on a Smartphone at the entrance.

The abundance of talented women filmmakers at this year’s 10th Toronto Polish Film Festival is no accident by programming.  This year’s selection of impeccable and current Polish film just so happens to be dominated by top class women directors.

Olga Chajdas will start off the fest as the first woman directed Polish film on the bill, November 5th, with her LGBT story about a contemporary love triangle, NINA.  915pm at Isabel Bader Theatre, Co-Presented by Inside Out LGTB Festival.

Thursday, Nov 8th at 630pm, we will be screening the Cannes nominated and 43rd Polish Film Festival winning psychological-thriller Fugue by director Agnieszka Smoczynska. Co-Presented by Bechdel Tested.

Following Fugue, on Thursday at 9pm will be a double woman filmmaker review with the short film The Lake by director Catherine Kasima Kanda and then the art-house feature My Friend the Polish Girl by Ewa Banaszkiewicz and her partner Mateusz Dymek.

Friday, November 9th, presents a block of short films, which includes films by Local Canadian-Polish talent, Sofia Bohdanowicz (Trilogy of “A Prayer”, “An Evening” & “AnotherPrayer”) and Gaby Henderson (writer and main actress in “How to Fall”).  Followed by Polish young director Hanka Brulinska (“Running Toward Thou”).

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NINA dir. Olga Chajdas

Fugue dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska

Fugue dir. Agnieszka Smoczynska

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Polish-Canadian director Sofia Bohdanowicz

Friday at 830pm we are screening Malgorzata Szmowska’s latest Mug. Mug won the Silver Bear at this year’s Berlinale.

On Saturday Nov 10th, we have our annual High Park Library Screening of Shorts which include filmmakers Emi Buchwald (“Heimat”) and another local talent Monika Kalicki with You Are What You Eat.

Saturday includes Award Nominated Actress Bozena Stachura coming all the way from Poland to answer questions in a Q&A to discuss her performance in A Cat with a Dog (dir. Janusz Kondratiuk).

November 10th is also a big day as we are screening Back Home by Magdalena Lazarkiewicz, a very important film which discusses the issue of human trafficking. This film is Co-Presented by The Human Rights Film Festival & JAYU.

The Human Rights Film Festival JAYU are also Co-Presenting Pardon which will be opened by the short film Deer Boy by director Katarzyna Gondek. Award Winning Costume Designer of both Pardon & Deer Boy, Monika Onoszko,will be in presentation after the screenings for a Q&A with the audience.  

Mississauga screenings include: Plan B by director Kinga Dębska, a double screening with short film The Leader directed by Katia Priwieziencew and a second screening of Agnieszka Smoczynska’s Fugue

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Actress Bozena Stachura

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Back Home dir. Magdalena Lazarkiewicz

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Plan B dir. Kinga Debska

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Leader dir. Katia Priwieziencew

For more INFORMATION on Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival see the Schedule HERE.

For TICKETS click HERE.

Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival is excited to team up with the Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce to co-present the film Squadron 303.

Join us Wed, Nov. 7th at 9:15 PM at Revue Cinema.

Directed by Denis Delić, Squadron 303 tells of one of the most important episodes of the Battle of Britain. It follows the story of the young airmen who fought for Britain’s Royal Air Force during WWII with immense success. The 303 squadrons of the Royal Airforce took down some 120 German planes, three times more than any other Allied squadron, according to some reports.

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Chamber President Wojciech Sniegowski with Founder and Director Marta Pozniakowski and City of Toronto Mayor John Tory (Ekran 2015)

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Starring Piotr Adamczyk, the film was a block buster hit in Poland. With incredible special effects and a love story beneath, it’s sure to be a film that everyone can enjoy!

For tickets to Squadron 303 click HERE.

Check out this article written for NOW Magazine:

 

The 10th annual Toronto Polish Film Festival brings together community for world-renowned cinema

BY 

NOVEMBER 1, 2018

Following his 2015 Academy Award for Best Foreign Language win for Ida, Paweł Pawlikowski’s 2018 follow up Cold War made its way to Cannes where he was awarded Best Director. Now, the critically acclaimed film will be screened at the 2018 Toronto Polish Film Festival taking place in Toronto from November 5 to 11 and in Mississauga from November 16 to 18.

Marta Pozniakowski, CEO and executive director of Ekran Polish Film Association, started the Polish Film Festival 10 years ago with a close friend. The women-led organization, whose board of directors is 60 per cent women has grown significantly since its inception. Initially, Pozniakowski screened only six films, but as of now the festival has grown to now screening a total of 22 films. Currently, Ekran hopes to grow the festival by working with TIFF to become an official partner in 2019.

The 2018 Polish Film Festival will feature some of the mostly hotly anticipated names from the Polish diaspora. This year, Pozniakowski is bringing lesbian film Nina directed by Olga Chajdas, to the screen. Winner of the Big Screen Award at the Rotterdam International Film Festival, the film depicts an infertile married woman in her 30s named Nina who falls in love with the woman she initially sought out to be her surrogate. Chajdas’s partner Kasia Adamik, also a director, is the daughter of one of Poland’s most famous filmmakers Agnieszka Holland.

Another highlight is sure to be Polish Canadian Rafal Sokolowski’s thriller 22 Chaser, which will open the festival. Following his 2012 festival selection, the short film Seventh Day, 22 Chaser tells the story of a truck driver struggling to provide for his family. A long time supporter of the festival, Sokolowski will also appear in conversation discussing the film and his career.

This year, Pozniakowski is bringing the film festival to the Polish community of Mississauga to make seeing films more accessible.

“For many years, I always heard from the Polish community ‘Can you do something in Mississauga?’ because many people are older and it’s hard for them to drive to the city,” explains Pozniakowski.

By screening films over the course of a week in a second city, people who might not have otherwise had the opportunity to watch Polish cinema and see their stories told on the big screen are now able to.

For Pozniakowski, the reward of the film festival comes from seeing her community connect with their heritage and history. The Polish Film Festival brings together people deeply rooted in the Polish community and those outside of it.

“It really feels good when people come to you and say ‘Oh my god. This film moved me so much,’ ‘This movie’s about me,’ ‘I cried so much,’ or even when someone says ‘I hate that film,’ it’s good because it means something’s awakened,” says Pozniakowski.

“There are lots of people that are very close to the Polish community because of the church and businesses,” says Pozniakowski. However, there are plenty of people who don’t find themselves as connected with the Polish community.

For Pozniakowski, that’s just another way the festival connects people. “This festival is an opportunity to come and see what’s happening in Polish cinema and meet people.”

 

Article Published via NOW Magazine

This year Ekran is pleased to announce another all star-cast of notable guests booked to attend Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival.
Guests include:

Arkadiusz Jakubik: A man of many talents, he’s an award winning actor, a director and the lead singer in the Polish rock band “Dr. Misio”.  In 2017 he won Best Supporting Actor at the 42nd Polish Film Festival for his performance in “Silent Night”. He will be in attendance to support the screenings of “Breaking the Limits” & “Silent Night”.

Olga Chajdas: She is a 35 year old, powerhouse and award winning director. Recently she won the “Golden Claw”  in the Visions Apart competition at the 43rd Polish Film Festival for her debut feature “NINA”. NINA was also edited by her wife and fellow acclaimed filmmaker, Kasia Adamik.  Chajdas is one of four women directing the first Polish Netflix Original Series 1983.

Bozena Stahura: the Polish actress well known for film, theatre and television. She co-stars alongside award winning actor’s Robert Wieckiewicz and Olgierd Lukaszewicz in “A Cat with a Dog”.

Actor Arkadiusz Jakubik (photo cred. Jasia Kiersnowski)

Actor Arkadiusz Jakubik (photo cred. Jasia Kiersnowski)

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Olga Chajdas & Ekran’s Marta Pozniakowski at the 43rd Polish Film Festival in Gdynia

Actress Bozena Stachura

Actress Bozena Stachura

Rafal Sokolowski: Polish-Canadian award-winning film and theatre director. His short film “Seventh Day” won Best Short Film at the 2013 Ekran Toronto Polish Film Festival.

Bartosz Nowacki: Debuting his first short film “On the Road”, Nowacki started his career as an Assistant Director for films such as Andrzej Wajda’s “Walesa: Man of Honour”

Monika Onoszko: The former fashion designer made the switch the film not too long ago and now is 2018 Winner of Best Costume Design at the 43rd Polish Film Festival for her work on the film “Pardon”. Originally from Lodz, currently she lives and works in Toronto.

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Dir. Rafał Sokolowski

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Dir. Bartosz Nowacki

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Costume Designer Monika Onoszko

SCHEDULE is available NOW with times and films for all guests.

Tickets can be purchased HERE.