Editor’s Note: Peter Hourigan is on his way to Bologna for Il Cinema Ritrovato. He recently passed through Wroclaw in Poland and sent this despath to friends about a film having its Australian premiere at the Sydney Film festival. Now read on..
I asked the girl for help to see if there were Polish films with English Sub-
titles on DVD. I wasn’t interested in the ones we know well (Wajda, Kieslowski etc.) I did buy three titles, each from within the last ten years. I don’t think I’ve got any real gems and I can’t remember the titles now.
The cinemas (three screens) generally seem to screen films in repertory, old and new mixed together, and nothing seeming to have more than a single screening a day. I asked the person at the box office if there were any English friendly screenings today or tomorrow, within limits. I didn’t need to see I, TONYA again!
|New Horizon Cinema, Wroclaw, Poland|
It was worth all this anticipation, but seeing it here in Poland did add something special. It’s a very dramatic story, told in a very restrained way, passing over about twenty years of Poland’s historical experience from the late 1940s. The heroine is a young girl who is discovered and groomed to be a star singer in one of the propaganda folkloric troupes the Communist regimes of the time, loved as long as they could keep the lid on the performers, especially if they were performing beyond the Iron Curtain.
It was on a wonderfully big screen, and I was absolutely thrilled to have seen it.