Polish Films at East End Film Festival

Mother Joan of Angels

Little Rose

Erratum

This year’s festival will be bigger than ever and will include a strong programme of Polish films including the UK Premiere of Little Rose, a one-off screening of Erratum starring Tamasz Kot and the Polish Classic Mother of all Angels screening in an atmospheric East London Church – all not to be missed! And of course on top of that there will also be EEFF’s usual mix of extensive industry sessions, star-studded galas and cutting-edge cross-platform arts and music events.

 

Thursday, 28 April 2011, 8.30pm,
St. Johns Church,
200 Cambridge Heath Road
London E2 9PA,
www.stjohnonbethnalgreen.org

MOTHER JOAN OF THE ANGELS / dir. J. Kawalerowicz/ Poland/ 1961/

Winner of the 1961Cannes Film Festival’s Special Jury Prize, Mother Joan of the Angels is a landmark of Polish cinema. Based on the same cases of ‘possession’ in Loudun, France in 1634 that form the basis for Ken Russell’s The Devils (See page X), it portrays the priest assigned to exorcise Mother Joan following the events of Russell’s film and the struggle between earthly pleasures and eternal damnation. The late Kawalerowicz stands as one of the great Polish directors, an author of deeply experimental psychological portraits, and this spare, visually rigorous, and profoundly disturbing exploration of faith, repression, fanaticism, and eros may be his greatest achievement. Screening at the stunningly atmospheric St. John on Bethnal Green in partnership with monthly film event PhantasmaGloria, this is the perfect setting for an unbearably intense study of a man struggling to maintain his faith in the midst of deep spiritual crisis.


Saturday, 30 April 2011, 8.30pm,
Genesis,
93 - 95 Mile End Road,
Whitechapel,
London E1 4UJ,
www.genesiscinema.co.uk

LITTLE ROSE / dir. J. Kidawa-Błoński/ Poland/ 2010

A dangerous love triangle and a hazardous play of emotions take place against the backdrop of the turmoil of Poland in 1968, as an anti-Semitic campaign is unleashed for cynical political purposes.
 
A famous writer marries a much younger woman, breaking taboos surrounding both age and socio-economic differences, and causing righteous indignation within the intellectual circles he inhabits. Blinded by affection, he doesn’t suspect that this controversial relationship might not have happened by pure chance, a fact connected to the affair his sweetheart has secretly been having with another man, an agent offering her both violent passion and an erotic fixation who is also drawing her into a dark intrigue.



Saturday, 30 April 2011, 6.30pm,
Genesis,
93 - 95 Mile End Road,
Whitechapel,
London E1 4UJ,
www.genesiscinema.co.uk

ERRATUM/ dir. M. Lechki/ Poland/ 2010

Michal, aged 34, is leading a prosperous, well-rounded life with his wife and son, a nice apartment, and a job in a large accounting office. Just before his son's first communion, Michal is sent to his old home town by his employer on a job, and while there he visits his father with whom he's been in bitter conflict for years. With Michal having to stay in town a couple of days, he walks the city streets, encountering people he used to be close with, but whom he left several years ago, and visits familiar places, so important for him in the past. Something awakens inside, something long forgotten about. A banal trip turns into an emotional journey towards a life he no longer remembers. Sometimes mistakes, however tragic they might be, can present themselves as opportunities to better one’s life – as long as one is able to seize on those opportunities.


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