The project was co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. The total value of the project is PLN 109,969,779.89, the value of the European Union funding is PLN 78,336,345.68. The project was also co-financed by the Minister of Culture and National Heritage in the amount of PLN 14,226,983.73.
Monday 13 December 2021
Streaming - Michael Campi draws attention to a new streaming service established by the Polish Film Institute to bring subtitled Polish classics to the world.
You may not need several dozen Polish films to watch before the end of the year but just in case here are details of a new streaming service which seems a model of its kind and, after the establishment of a similar service by the Cinematheque Francaise called HENRI (click to check out the offering) indicates the enormous progress being made by a number of European countries to bring the national cinema heritage to the people. The Polish links are at the bottom of this note.
There are several films by Zanussi, Has, Kawalerowicz, Falk, Glinski that I haven't seen.
I saw Has' CODES tonight which was really worth the quite short viewing time. Glowing restoration.
So far I haven't played with this much. Using the first of the links below, the Has film played without further intervention apart from choosing subtitles. The link played flawlessly and looked magnificent which is becoming less common with all the invisible watermarks attached to some of these streams lately. One virtual festival could only be viewed on my iPad in the end with an image so tiny that it was ridiculous to have paid for it. Chrome had been blocked so that the image couldn't be sent to a TV etc. etc. Attaching the MacBook to a television resulted in spluttering images that looked like tiles flying in the wind.
I believe some of the Polish titles may need an account created which is free till the end of the month. Haha. I've shortlisted about forty titles of interest. Even if I parted all the waves and watched nothing else for the rest of December, this is an impossible quest.
There are the usual ways of extending some of the titles on each line and about four pages to be clicked through at the bottom.
For much of 2021, there has been a steady succession of East European films restored on line. There were some surprises from Estonia and Latvia and of course Poland has such a rich tradition. It's interesting how many films by name directors never made our festivals or subsequent national events.
Happy hunting and all the best for the end of year festivities. Moreover be safe, well and distanced.
They are available free until the end of the year.
Somebody has also posted a set of Polish film posters with all the titles available on the Letterboxd site. The titles are compiled here.
The announcement by the Polish Film Institute is as follows. Sorry about the white on black