A showcase of young Polish cinema and Franciszek Starowieyski poster exhibition (4th-5th Nov 2009)
2012-09-04


On 4th and 5th November the Screen Academy and the famous Edinburgh Filmhouse hosted
a showcase of young generation Polish cinema; on the first night film etudes of Katowice
Film School, on the second night a feature film by Magdalena Piekorz “The Welts” (“Pręgi”)
and two short films: documentary by Tadeusz Śliwa “According to plan” (“Zgodnie z planem”) and drama “The hat” (“Kapelusz”) by Agnieszka Smoczyńska. The screenings were accompanied by an exhibition of Polish poster by a remarkable artist Franciszek Starowieyski
which took place in the café/bar of the Filmhouse cinema.

The Krzysztof Kieślowski Radio and TV Department of the University of Silesia in Katowice was founded in 1978. Since its beginnings highly acclaimed tutors taught at the school, such as Krzysztof Kieślowski, Krzysztof Zanussi, Jerzy Stuhr, Filip Bajon, Magdalena Piekorz, Maciej
Pieprzyca, Michał Rosa and others. As part of Katowice film school student showcase we screened:

-"Grandma has gone" ("Babcia wyjeżdża") – dir. Tomasz Jurkiewicz - 18' - 2009 (fiction)
-"The end of summer" ("Koniec lata") – dir. Karolina Bielawska - 20' - 2007 (fiction)
-"Wild duck season" ("Sezon na kaczki") – dir. Julia Ruszkiewicz - 19' - 2006 (drama)

-"Magnet Man" ("Człowiek magnes") – dir. Marcin Wrona - 19' - 2001 (fiction)
-"Coming to see you Agnieszka" ("Jadę do ciebie Agnieszko") – dir. Ania Maszczynska - 17' - 2005
(documentary)

Following the screenings there was a meeting with special guests of the evening: Beata Dzianowicz
– director of award-winning documentaries at international festivals and Paweł Dyllus – director of
photography, the winner of Camerimage 2006 Golden Tadpole for cinematography in “Wild Duck
Season”.

On November 5th the Filmhouse Cinema hosted Scotland's only screening of award-winning
film “The Welts” by Magdalena Piekorz, starring Michal Żebrowski, Jan Frycz, Agnieszka
Grochowska, Wacław Adamczyk and Borys Szyc. The film is a contemporary psychological
drama. The screenplay is based on Wojciech Kuczok's extraordinary book “Muck” (“Gnój”). Apart
from “The Welts”, the audience had a chance to see the two short films mentioned above.

After the screenings, the Filmouse café hosted a formal opening of Franciszek Starowieyski
exhibition. Starowieyski, whose posters we were able to present courtesy of the University of
Zielona Góra, is one of Polish greatest poster artists. The new Consulate General of the Republic of
Poland Mr Tomasz Trafas and Mrs Izabela Brodzińska, chairperson of the Scottish Polish Cultural
Association, both attended the exhibition opening. Mr Richard Demarco was also present and in
his short speech he reminded everybody that his journey with Polish art started precisely with
organising an exhibition of Polish poster. He presented the new Consul with a folder of this very
first exhibition with a personal inscription.

Translated by

Piotr Trafas - Konsul Generalny RP w Edynburgu, oraz Izabela Brodzińska - prezes Szkocko-Polskiego Towarzystwa Kulturalnego