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The third season of Wroclaw’s “Polish Cinema for Beginners” organized by the Wroclaw Film Foundation, will start on Oct. 30. This is an exceptional course about the history of Polish cinema. It is the first event of its kind in Poland, screening classics of native Polish cinema which are aimed at an audience of foreigners currently residing in Poland.
The first edition of the project greatly attracted the attention of foreigners studying in Wroclaw, foreign employees of companies and corporations in Wroclaw, students of foreign language schools, and even tourists visiting Wroclaw. In total, nearly 700 foreigners from the capital of Lower Silesia “graduated” from the first edition of the course. The event’s program includes both movie classics which have, over the years, served as benchmarks for successive generations of film-makers, as well as the blockbusters of the last decade. For foreign audience members, this may be the first occasion to see these movies, as many of them will be shown with English subtitles for the first time ever in Wroclaw. Even though the project is geared toward foreigners, the screenings are open: all lovers of Polish cinema are welcome.
The third season of “Polish Cinema for Beginners” will open with Paweł Pawlikowski’s “Ida” – one of the most important European productions of the past year, winner of festivals in Toronto, London and Gdynia. Polish candidate for an Oscar in 2014. Throughout the subsequent screenings, the audience will have the opportunity to see the cinematic achievements of Barbara Sass, Wiesław Saniewski and Jan Komasa. The concept of “Polish Cinema for Beginners” takes its idea from the classic film society formula – the screenings are introduced with a lecture by a film expert who presents the context of the film to the audience and the screening is followed by a discussion about the film, in which the audience is invited to participate. The experts in the project’s third season will be Błażej Hrapkowicz, film critic working with Polish Radio; Monika Talarczyk-Gubała, an author of a monograph about Barbara Sass “Everything about Eve”; Wiesław Saniewski, Polish director and screenwriter and Samuel Nowak, PhD in media studies.
The meetings will be hosted by film expert Adam Kruk, who is also responsible for the event’s program.
The third edition of “Polish Cinema for Beginners” will officially open October 30. Meetings will take place in Wroclaw’s Kino Nowe Horyzonty, who is co-organizing the project. The project is a part of the European Capital of Culture 2016 program and has been subsidized by the municipality of Wroclaw.