Highlights from Toronto’s 10th Polish Film Festival… So Far!
This year to expand our festival and make it the biggest and best yet, we’ve decided to break up the festival between 2 cities: Toronto & Missisauga. One week down and the Toronto portion of this years festival was a massive success!
THANK YOU to everyone who attended this year’s 10th Toronto Polish Film Festival. But let’s remember, it’s not over yet! We will be at Cine Starz in Mississauga from November 16th-18th.
Until then, let’s take a look at the last week full of films, movie stars, industry parties, insightful Q&A discussions & filmmaker networking opportunities!
Day 1 kicked off with a Special Screening of this year’s most talked about Polish film, Cold War (Zimna Wojna), directed by Academy Award Winning Director Pawel Pawlikowski. Following Cold War was NINA, (Co-Presented with the Inside Out LGTB Festival) by Olga Chajdas. Chajdas is a powerhouse woman who is challenging and defying filmmaking in Poland. We were so delighted to have her as a guest and really look forward to seeing this young director’s upcoming work.
photo cred. Jasia Kiersnowski
NINA dir. Olga Chajdas (photo cred. Ola Walków)
Day 2 was our official opening with the screening of Polish-Canadian director Rafal Sokolowski’s 22 Chaser. The Canadian production was shot in Toronto. After the screening, some cast and crew members from the film joined Sokolowski on the stage for a Q&A session.
Day 2 also presented the debut feature from director Piotr Domalewski, Silent Night (Cicha Noc). In attendance for a post-screening Q&A was Winner of Best Supporting Actor at the 42nd Polish Film Festival for his role in this film, Arkadiusz Jakubik. In Silent Night, Jakubik plays a father who has been absent for most of his children’s lives because he has had to work abroad to provide for the family. The Q&A turned out to be very emotional and heartfelt as Jakubik himself said his character was inspired from his own life. Jakubik explained to the audience that his own father had to leave his family in Poland to find work abroad. It was a very raw and real opportunity to meet the actor as a real person rather than the character’s he represents on screen.
Jakubik, participated in another Q&A session for the Day 3 screening of Breaking the Limits (Najlepszy). It’s apparent in the intimate Q&A sessions we conduct with Jakubik that he is a diverse and multifaceted individual not only on the screen but in real life. During the Breaking the Limits Q&A the audience got to go beyond his character in the film and learn more about once again about Jakubik as an individual. The conversation digressed into his love of music. Outside of being an actor, Jakubik is the lead singer in the Polish rock band Dr. Misio.
Actor Arkadiusz Jakubik (photo cred. Ola Walków)
22 Chaser Director Rafal Sokolowski and Screenplay writer Jeremy Boxen alongside other Cast & Crew Members. Photo cred. Karolina Fedorcio
Showcasing up and coming filmmakers at the festival is always a highlight for Ekran. This year included the thrilling debut short film On the Road (Na Drodze)from newcomer Bartosz Nowacki. Nowacki is definitely a name to look out for in Polish cinema. His film (starring Magdalena Bocharska) had the audience on the edge of their seats the entire time. The script was witty, the acting was on point, the cinematography was coloured like an oil painting and all together the film was entertaining and darkly comedic. We can’t wait for what the future brings Nowacki. Currently he has two features in pre-production, Inked and Manor House.
Other guests included Polish actress Bozena Stachura from A Cat with a Dog (Jak Pies z Kotem), Award Winning Costume Designer Monika Onoszko of Pardon (Ulaskowanie) and local Toronto actress Gaby Henderson from the short How to Fall.
Q&A with director Bartosz Nowacki & host Jasia Kiersnowski (photo cred. Ola Walkow)
Costume Designer Monika Onoszko (photo cred. Ola Walków)
A very special moment occurred when the festival Founder and Director Marta Pozniakowski and the Ekran teams were given an award for their 10 years of bringing Polish culture to Canada by the Polish Minister of Culture .
Sunday night we said good bye (until next year!) to the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles and we are preparing now to see you all again on Friday November 16th at Cine Starz in Mississauga.
To kick off events in Mississauga we will be screening a romantic comedy, Plan B (dir. Kinga Debska), which will be opened by the short dark comedy Leader (Pantoflarze) written and directed by Amondo Films Katia Priwiezenciew and her brother Igor Priwiezenciew.
photo cred. Canada-Poland Chamber of Commerce
Plan B dir. Kinga Debska
Leader Dir. Katia Priwieziencew
Due to popular demand, The Butler (Kamerdyner) by director Filip Bajon will close our festival on Sunday November 18th at 430pm (Cine Starz Mississauga)
Tickets for Mississauga screenings can be purchased HERE.
Just as every year, this festival would’ve not been possible without the amazing support it receives from its co-producers, patrons, partners, sponsors, filmmakers, jury members, executive staff and most of all the volunteers all the movie goers who came out to supported us through 7 nights of impeccable contemporary Polish cinema.
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2018 SCHEDULE – MISSISSAUGA
Friday, Nov 16th
Saturday, Nov 17th
Sunday, Nov 18th
3:00pm –“The Gorals – Highlanders of Carpathia” (Documentary), director Filip Luft; Ciné Starz Mississauga (Co-Presented by The Polish Highlanders Association of Canada) (Q&A with the film’s producer Maciej Pawelczyk)