The 20th annual Spring Film Festival (Wiosna Filmow) kicks off in Warsaw this Sunday and runs through April 13th. It's definitely one of the most interesting cultural events that the capital of Poland has to offer during springtime, and a perfect occasion to catch up on some of the most celebrated Polish and international films of the last few years. Screenings will take place at the gorgeously designed art house cinema Kino Praha, the first movie theater built in Warsaw after World War II. All tickets cost only 7 PLN (that's less than 2 euro).
Italian documentary Sacro GRA (winner of the Golden Lion at the 70th Venice Film Festival) will open the festival, and German drama Stations of the Cross (Silver Bear for best script at the 64th Berlinale) will close it. The all-around impressive lineup includes more than 50 features, and the biggest highlights are: Jia Zhangke's A Touch of Sin, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, Arnaud des Pallières' Michael Kohlhaas, Roman Polanski's Venus in Fur, Steven Soderbergh's Behind the Candelabra, Bruno Dumont's Camille Claudel 1915, Asghar Farhadi's The Past, Paolo Sorrentino's The Great Beauty, and Kim Ki-duk's Pieta (also the opening film of the 19th Spring Film Festival). Some of the pictures will have their official Polish premieres.
Among this year's guests are: Gianfranco Rosi (Sacro GRA
), Dietrich Brüggemann (Stations of the Cross
), Jan Ole Gerster (Oh Boy
), Lucy Scher (the director of London's Script Factory), Jan Kidawa-Blonski (In Hiding
), Tadeusz Krol (The Last Floor
You can find the festival's short teaser embedded below.
For full schedule visit Spring Film Festival's official Polish website.
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