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Polish Cinema Now!
Polish Cinema Now!
Focus on Contemporary Polish Cinema
Edited by: Mateusz Werner
Publication date: 2010
Total pages: 256
ISBN: 9780 86196 691 2
Price: £ 25.00
It has been twenty years since Polish cinema started to speak on its
own, not paying attention to political censorship and breaking the
production monopoly of the communist country. For twenty years the
Polish movie makers have enjoyed the same freedoms and possibilities as
their French or German colleagues. During this time there have been
produced about half a thousand feature films and several thousand
documentaries – many of them being at the top artistic level.
Paradoxically, these artistic works are much less known in the world
than the Polish films made behind the “iron curtain”, when the cultural
exchange with the western world was limited to a narrow stream and
totally controlled by the communist authorities. Nowadays, when the
communication barriers do not exist anymore, and Poland is in the
international circulation of film production and distribution, the
latest Polish cinema still remains an unknown land waiting to be
discovered, first of all by the European audience, but not only by them.
The publication of Polish Cinema Now! aims to facilitate the
discovery of this unknown land. Eleven essays written with passion in
accessible language by leading experts from Poland and abroad describe
the Polish cinema from various perspectives, from movie entertainment,
animation and documentary, to gay and feminist movies. This book is
meant for cinema-lovers, for whom the old Polish cinema of Wajda, Has,
Munk, Skolimowski, Polanski or Kieslowski means something important, and
who would like to learn who are their students and successors in
contemporary Poland. This publication will be richly illustrated and
accompanied by two DVDs with a selection of the most interesting short
films of the last twenty years.
Mateusz Werner, Doctor of Humanities, film and literature critic, essayist. He currently lectures at Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski University in Warsaw, and is Editor of the philosophical quarterly Kronos. In 2009 he published the book Wobec nihilizmu. Gombrowicz, Witkacy on the phenomenon of nihilism in literature. Co-creator and compère of film programmes for Polish public television: The Picture Show (TVP Channel 2) and Half-seriously (TVP Channel 1). For several years he programmed and managed the Gallery of Film Arts at the Zacheta Exhibition Hall in Warsaw.