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  • 9 October 2017

    Loving Vincent, a UK-Poland co-production, opened the 17th Polish Film Festival in Lithuania, on Thursday. During the festival, 21 Polish films will be screened in 5 cities in Lithuania over 10 days. The slogan of this year's festival is “Film Aces.”

    "For 17 years the Polish Institute in Vilnius has organized a true festival for all good movie lovers. Our festival is always 10 days of exceptional cinema, cinema, in which there has been no shortage of aces – the best Polish directors, writers, actors and films... Juliusz Machulski, Dorota Kędzierzawska, Karolina Gruszka, Bartłomiej Topa and Janusz Gajos are just a few of the names featuring in this year’s programme, " Marcin Łapczyński, director of the Polish Institute in Vilnius stressed.

     

     

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    "Polish cinema has many masters, real movie aces. These aces can light up the imagination of audiences around the world and this is confirmed by the many international awards won by Polish films. It also shows the great interest of the Lithuanian audience in our festival. During the year, viewers in Lithuania have the opportunity to watch even the top 50 Polish films "– Łapczyński added.

     

    Grzegorz Poznański, the Deputy Chief of Mission of the Polish Embassy to Lithuania, also greeted the cinephiles.

     

    " Thanks to the Polish Institute in Vilnius, for the 17th time we will have the opportunity to watch Polish films of the best Polish artists and thanks that to we will have more of Poland in Vilnius. I hope that this year’s festival will be yet further proof that Polish cinema is well-developed.

     

    Even if the old masters have passed, wonderful young artists have taken their place. I wish you good impressions, great movies, and later lots of conversations, because good movies encourage up-beat conversations," he said.

     

     

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    The main programme of the festival will feature Polish films from the last two years: The Righteous (Sprawiedliwy) feature by Michał Szczerbic, The Happiness of the World by Michał Rosa, in honor of the 100th anniversary of Michał Kwiecinski, the musical Bodo,  the comedy, Weaker sex by Krzysztof Langa, as well as the psychological thriller I'm a murderer by Maciej Pieprzyca.

     

    The special programme of this year's festival will be dedicated to the late Polish actor, Danuta Szaflarska, who began her stage career in 1939 in Vilnius at the theatre on Pohulanka (the name of the building comes from the name of Vilnius’ Grand Pohulanka, now J. Basanavičiaus).

     

    Four films starring Szaflarska will be screened, starting with the first, the oldest from 1946, Forbidden Song. Dorota Kędzierzawska, who collaborated with Danuta Szaflarska and Artur Reinhart, is a guest at this year’s festiwal.

     

    The children's programme is related with this year's 60th anniversary of the Film Studio in Bielsko-Biała. The cartoon series Reksio, and Bolek and Lolek will be screened.

     

     

    Based on PAP and www. zw.lt.

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