Each year, the Polish Film Festival in Los Angeles screens the finest
selection of contemporary Polish cinema, including features, documentaries, as
well as live-action and animated shorts. The Festival’s goal is to provide an
exciting venue for Polish filmmakers and actors to share their talents with
American audiences. The Festival’s jurors and special guests bring together some
of Poland and Hollywood’s finest talent.
This year’s festival will begin on Thursday, April 24, 2008, with an
Opening Night Gala held at the prestigious Directors Guild of America
Theatre. The evening will feature an awards ceremony, including the debut of
the Pola Negri Award and, fresh off its Polish premiere, a
screening of Tomasz Konecki’s Lejdis. The Opening Night’s ceremonies will be
followed by an exciting week of screenings at Laemmle's Sunset 5 and the
festival’s last three days will be dedicated to a slate of documentaries at the
Egyptian Theatre (in collaboration with the American Cinemateque) and a
series devoted to Polish Television Theater (in collaboration with the UCLA
School of Theater, Film and Television).
Also awarded during the Opening Night Gala will be the Hollywood Eagle
Award, Hollywood Documentary Eagle Award, Hollywood Animation Eagle Award and
Kodak Student Award. This year’s jury panels are as follows. Features and
Student Etudes: Bernard Hiller, David Ward, Mark Harris, Ron Masak and Theodoer
Bikel. Documentaries: Betsy McLane, Elaine Archer, Sandra Ruch. Animation:
Benjamin Cinelli, Bill Diaz, Maksymilian Naporowski.
This year’s lineup will include *(world premiere), +(in
Death of a President by Jerzy Kawalerowicz + (with cinematography
by Witold Sobocinski)
Expecting Love by Lukasz Karwowski
Extras and Tomorrow We're Going to the Movies * by Michal
Forgiveness * by Mariusz Kotowski
God's Little Garden by Jacek Bromski
Hope by Stanislaw Mucha
Immensity of Justice by Wielslaw Saniewski
Jasminum by Jan Jakub Kolski
Katyn by Andrzej Wajda
Preserve by Lukasz Palkowski
Sandcastles and Dustclouds by Filip Jan Rymsza
Savior Square by Krysztof & Joanna Krauze
Testersterone and Lejdis by Tomasz Konecki & Andrzej
Time to Die by Dorota Kedziersawska
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Julian Schnabel (with
cinematography by Janusz Kaminski)
Amongst this year’s guests from Poland, the festival will welcome Agnieska
Grochowska, Tomasz Kammel, Dorota Kedzierzawska, Tomasz Konecki, Tomasz Kot,
Lukasz Palkowski, Krzysztof Pieczynski, Arthur Reinhart, Andrzej Saramanowicz,
Witold Sobocinski, Danuta Stenka, Danuta Szaflarska and Artur Zmijewski, as well
as student filmmakers from Katowice and Lodz.
Lastly, we are proud to announce the addition of Ed Harris to our Honorary
Committee, which already boasts notable Academy Award winners and nominees
Agnieszka Holland (writer, director: Europa Europa), Ronald Harwood (writer: The
Dresser, The Painist, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly), Janusz Kaminski
(cinematographer: Saving Private Ryan, Schindler’s List, The Diving Bell and the
Butterfly), Zbigniew Rybczynski (animator, director: Tango), and Jan A.P.
Kaczmarek (composer: Finding Neverland).
The Polish American Film Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to
promoting a higher level of understanding of Polish culture through film. We are
proud to showcase outstanding achievements in Polish cinema right in the heart
of Hollywood. Each year, the Festival continues to grow in the number and
quality of its films and in the crowds that it attracts.