Day 4 of Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival!

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Day 4 of Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival!

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)