Dates announced for the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival 2022!

The Polish Cultural Institute has announced that the special 20th Anniversary edition of the Kinoteka Polish Film Festival 2022 will take place from 9th March to 3rd April 2022.

After 2021’s online only edition, the Festival will be back with a bang with live audiences to honour the very best of Polish cinema. As always, Kinoteka will bring an eclectic mix of films across all genres from drama, comedy and documentary through to classics.

The Opening Night film will be the UK premiere of Aga Woszczynska’s acclaimed directorial debut, Silent Night, which will take place at the ICA. The film gives a searing commentary on the bourgeois lifestyle of a seemingly perfect young couple who find their idyllic holiday facing ruin.

The Closing Night film will be a lovingly restored digital master of Ernst Lubitsch’s acclaimed 1924 black and white silent film, Forbidden Paradise, starring legendary Polish actress Pola Negri, which has been newly restored by MoMA and The Film Foundation, funded by the (George Lucas Family Foundation) and will screen at BFI Southbank. The film will be accompanied by live music with a score specially composed by Marcin Pukaluk. Negri shines as Catherine the Czarina who has the ability to make men go weak at the knees in this humorous historical romp.

A highlight of the 20th Anniversary celebrations will see the Festival join forces with the BFI to bring some of Poland’s best known, classic films to the public to mark the important contribution that Polish films have made to World Cinema over the years. The films will be made available to view via BFI Player for the duration of the Festival. It will give UK audiences the unique opportunity to watch some rarely seen but major works in the comfort of their own home by some of Poland’s most renowned and award-winning directors including Agnieszka Holland, Jerzy Skolimowski and Andrzej Wajda.

The cinemas who will be participating in Kinoteka 2022 include BFI Southbank, ICA, Riverside Studios and the Prince Charles Cinema.

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