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Auch die diesjährigen Filmfestspiele Berlin - die 62. Berlinale bieten einige polnische Filme.

Elles / Sponsoring / Das bessere Leben (Berlinale PANORAMA)

F/PL/D, 2011; R: Małgorzata Szumowska. Der Film erzählt die Geschichte einer Journalistin (Juliette Binoche) die für das Magazin „Elle“ über Prostitution unter Studentinnen recherchiert. Dabei wird sie von zwei jungen Frauen in die Welt der bezahlten Liebe eingeführt. Das Drehbuch stammt von Małgorzata Szumowska und der dänischen Drehbuchautorin Tina Byrckel und wurde auf dem Filmfestival in Cannes im Jahr 2009 prämiert. Weitere Darsteller: Krystyna Janda, Andrzej Chyra, Louis-Do de Lencquesaing u.a. Kamera: Michał Englert, Musik: Paweł Mykietyn.

10.02. Fr 20:30 Uhr: International (E)
11.02. Sa 13:30 Uhr: CinemaxX 7 (E)
12.02. So 14:30 Uhr: Cubix 9 (E)
17.02. Fr 18:00 Uhr: Friedrichstadt-Palast (E)

Secret / Sekret (Berlinale FORUM)

PL 2012, R: Przemysław Wojcieszek
Das psychologische Drama zeigt die Geschichte eines 30-jährigen, der als Drag Queen in Nachtclubs auftritt und irgendwann erfährt, dass sein Großvater, dem er eine glückliche Kindheit zu verdanken hat, gegen Ende des Zweiten Weltkriegs eine jüdische Familie ermordete, um ihre Rückkehr in ihr altes Haus zu verhindern. In den Hauptrollen sind zu sehen: Tomasz Tyndyk und Agnieszka Podsiadlik. Kamera: Jakub Kijowski.


12.02. So 20:00 Uhr: Kino Arsenal 1 (E)
14.02. Di 16:30 Uhr: Delphi Filmpalast (E)
15.02. Mi 22:00 Uhr: CineStar 8 (E)
19.02. So 20:00 Uhr: Cubix 9 (E)

Battle Of Warsaw 1920 3D / Bitwa Warszawska 1920 3D
(Market screening)

PL 2011; R: Jerzy Hoffman; 115 min, Kriegsdrama; D: Daniel Olbrychski, Borys Szyc, Natasza Urbańska
Ola (Natasza Urbańska), an actress in a Warsaw revue theater, is engaged to Jan (Borys Szyc), a cavalry soldier and poet. When Jan receives the order to leave for the front, he pleads with Ola to marry him forthwith posthaste. During the war, Jan is accused of being a communist and inciting Bolshevik revolution. He is court-martialed and sentenced to death for hostile activities against the Polish nation. „The Battle of Warsaw 1920” is a truly impressive spectacle with gripping and realistic battle scenes replete with cavalry, infantry, bayonet charges, tanks, armored vehicles, armored trains and period aircraft – none of which is often seen nowadays. The film recreates history as a series of events as extreme as the time in which the story unfolds.

Geschlossenes Screening, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
10.02. Fr 17:00 Uhr: CineStar Event Cinema

Crulic – The Path to Beyond / Droga na drugą stronę
(Market screening)

PL/RO 2011; R: Anca Damian; 73 min; Drama/Animation
The animated documentary feature-length Crulic – The Path to Beyond tells the story of the life of Crulic, the 33 years old Romanian who died in a Polish prison while on hunger strike. The acclaimed Romanian actor, Vlad Ivanov, narrates Crulic’s ironic voice over from beyond the grave. A strong visual style, the result of beautifully blending hand drawn, collage, stop-motion and cut-cut animation techniques, create a striking, surprisingly integrated and memorable film.

Geschlossene Screenings, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
12.02. So 12:45 Uhr: CinemaxX 13
09.02. Do 13:30 Uhr: CineStar 6

Heritage / Księstwo
(Market screening)

PL 2011; R: Andrzej Barański; 124 min; Drama; D: Rafał Zawierucha, Mateusz Zając, Michał Anioł
Zbyszek tries to make it big, but when an injury ruins his plans to become a sports star, he returns to his home village. His ambitions go far beyond stagnant village life, but it is this environment that offers him the sense of security and familiarity. Now, no longer a country boy, not a townsman yet, he already knows what he wants, but has not had a chance to fulfill his desires. Everything he is rooted in, and, at the same time, wants to flee from, is presented in heart-moving, and often brutal way.

Geschlossene Screenings, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
13.02. Mo 14:45 Uhr: CineStar 6
15.02. Mi 15:30 Uhr: CineStar 6

In Darkness / W ciemności (Market screening)

D/PL/CAN 2011; R: Agnieszka Holland; 144 min; Kriegsdrama; D: Robert Więckiewicz, Benno Fürmann, Agnieszka Grochowska; Oscar nominee for Best Foreign Language Film 2012

In March, 1943, Lvov, Poland is a city held in the iron grip of the Nazi occupation. The weak prey upon the weaker; the poor steal from the less poor. Near the bottom of this chain is Leopold Soha, a petty thief. His knowledge of the sewers’ intricate maze of tunnels and chambers, in which he hides his loot, has earned him a menial job as a sewer worker. But there is a group of people in Lvov worse off than Soha – the Jews, crowded into a ghetto. Realizing that the ghetto is about to be destroyed, a motley group escape into the sewers. As soon as they enter this dark netherworld, they are discovered by Soha.  As the pressure to betray the Jews builds, Soha finds himself increasingly in danger, and abandons them to protect himself. But fate and his newly awakened conscience drive him back, and he commits himself to protecting his new “family” at all costs.

Geschlossene Screenings, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
11.02. Sa 9:00 Uhr: Kino Arsenal 1
15.02. Mi 9:00 Uhr: Kino Arsenal 1

Land of Oblivion / Terre outragée (Market screening)

F/D/PL 2011; R: Michale Boganim; 105 min; Drama; D: Olga Kurylenko, Andrzej Chyra, Ilya Iosifov

April 26th, 1986. On that day, Anya and Piotr celebrate their marriage. Little Valery and his father Alexei, a physicist at the power station in Chernobyl, plant an apple tree. Nikolai, the forest warden, makes his rounds in the surrounding forests. Then, an accident occurs at the power station. Insidiously, the radioactivity transforms nature. The rain is yellow, the trees turn red. Piotr, a volunteer fireman, leaves to extinguish the flames. He never returns. A few days later, the population is evacuated. Alexei, forced to keep silent by the authorities, prefers to disappear. Ten years later, the deserted Pripiat has become a no man’s land and a bizarre tourist attraction. Anya comes to the Zone every month as a tour guide, while Valery goes there to look for traces of his father. And Nikolai continues to cultivate a poisonous garden. With the passing of time, will they be able to accept the hope of a new life?

Geschlossenes Screening, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
10.02. Fr 11:30 Uhr: dffb-Kino

The Mole / Kret (Market screening)

PL/F 2011; R: Rafael Lewandowski; 108 min; Thriller; D: Borys Szyc, Marian Dziędziel, Magdalena Czerwińska

Paweł, a Polish man in his early 30’s works with his father Zygmunt, by importing second-hand clothing from the North of France to Southern Poland. On his way back from one of regular „business trips”, Paweł suddenly discovers his father’s picture on the cover of a Polish tabloid newspaper with the headline „traitor”. Zygmunt is a genuine hero of the struggle against totalitarianism and a recognized member of the „Solidarność” labor movement of the 80’s but still he is being accused, by the local paper, of having acted as a secret informer called THE MOLE by the communist regime.

Geschlossenes Screening, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
11.02. Sa 9:00 Uhr: CinemaxX 13

Now, Forager: A Film About Love and Fungi (Market screening)

USA/PL 2012; R: Jason Cortlund & Julia Halperin; 93 min; Drama; Food; D: Jason Cortlund, Tiffany Esteb, Gabrielle Maisels

Lucien and Regina are foragers – they gather wild mushrooms in the woodlands of New Jersey and sell them to restaurants in New York. Their lifestyle is simple, their income unstable. To improve the financial security and to follow a more fulfilling personal career path, Regina decides to take a job cooking at a high-end restaurant. Lucien disapproves and instead, he proposes to give up their apartment and live as full-time itinerant foragers. As individual desires take them down divergent paths over the course of a year, their marriage slowly comes apart.

Geschlossene Screenings, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
13.02. Mo 14:45 Uhr: Marriott 2
14.02. Di 14:15 Uhr: Marriott 2

Paths of Hate (Market screening)

PL 2012; R: Damian Nenow; 10 min; Animation

Metaphorical fight of two fighter pilots illustrates the universal truth about hate. “Paths of Hate” is a short tale about the demons that slumber deep in the human soul and have the power to push people into the abyss of blind hate, fury and rage.

Geschlossenes Screening, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
13.02. Mo 14:30 Uhr: Marriott 2
14.02. Di 14:00 Uhr: Marriott 2

Rose / Róża (Market screening)

PL 2011; D: Wojciech Smarzowski; 90 min; Drama; D: Marcin Dorociński, Agata Kulesza, Kinga Preis

Right after the end of World War II, Tadeusz, a Polish soldier whom the war has deprived of everything, arrives in Masuria, a German territory before the war but granted to Poland afterwards. There he finds Rose, a widow of a German soldier whose death he had witnessed. All alone on a large farm she gives Tadeusz a cold reception, nevertheless she puts him up for the night. In return Tadeusz helps her around the house. Though reluctant to admit it, she needs something more: protection from the looters who pester the farm. Against the background of a landscape devastated by the war, where hope has become a propaganda tool, love is born between these two from two disparate worlds.

Geschlossenes Screening, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
14.02. Di 20:00 Uhr: CineStar 6

Shameless / Bez wstydu (Market screening)

PL 2011; R: Filip Marczewski; 80 min; Drama; D: Mateusz Kościukiewicz, Agnieszka Grochowska, Anna Próchniak

The film tells the story of „sinful love” between a brother and sister. It’s a story about their painful growing up, their defiance of cultural taboos and finally, about the freedom of finding their own way in life. Tadek (18) is a boy rebelling against the world. Right before the end of the school year, he runs away from his aunt to his sister Anka (28) – who is his only love. He is ashamed of these feelings and tries to fight them, but to no avail. Heedless of the moral and social consequences, he wants to prove himself worthy of this forbidden love. Anka, also emotionally broken, in an unhappy relationship with the boss of the local Neo-Nazis, finds it difficult to reject her brother’s adoration. She feels the need for warmth and love in the same extent as her brother does. The whole story takes place during the course of several summer days and is set to the background of growing European extremism and xenophobia.

Geschlossenes Screening, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
12.02. So 19:45 Uhr: CinemaxX 11

The Winner / Wygrany (Market screening)

PL/USA 2011; R: Wiesław Saniewski; 110 min; Drama; D: Paweł Szajda, Janusz Gajos, Grażyna Barszczewska

The Winner, a Polish-American coproduction, is a universal story of friendship, passion and life’s true values. Oliver (Pawel Szajda, known for „Under the Tuscan Sun” and HBO’s „Generation Kill”) is a young and talented pianist whose life and promising career suddenly collapse. He finds an unexpected help in a retired math teacher, now a compulsive horse race gambler (Janusz Gajos, known from films by Andrzej Wajda and Krzysztof Kieslowski). This unusual couple will learn much from each other during an adventure of their lifetime. The Winner brings together two worlds: classical music and horse racing – and cleverly depicts their resemblance. Film was shot in USA, Germany and Poland, it’s unique soundtrack includes music of Chopin, Elvis Presley’s songs and a tango by Argentinean’s maestro Carlos Libedinsky.

Geschlossenes Screening, es können keine Tickets erworben werden
14.02. Di 12: 30 Uhr: CinemaxX 15