by Jolanta Lion, Festival Director
The 13th season of the Carnegie Mellon International Film Festival, FACES OF WO/MEN, is coming up March 21-April 7, 2019. We're excited to say we have a robust and unique Polish Series featured this season - Another Day of Life, Fugue, and My Friend the Polish Girl.
I would like to note that we're very proud to have booked these fantastic and important films--every one is a Pittsburgh premiere, and we will be the first to screen My Friend the Polish Girl in all of North America! Additionally, we are bringing three wonderful Polish filmmakers to participate in post-film Q&As and workshops with local university students. We are honored to host the animator of Another Day of Life, Dominik Wawrzyniak, as well as the co-directors of My Friend the Polish Girl, Ewa Banaszkiewicz and Mateusz Dymek.
About the films:
Another Day of Life (Poland/Spain/Germany/Belgium/Hungary, 2018, 85 min)
Synopsis: Based on renowned reporter Ryszard Kapuściński's book of the same name, ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE tells the gripping story of Kapuściński's three-month trip to civil war torn Angola in 1975. An idealist, Kapuściński is a friend to lost causes and revolutions. Although he has been to many front lines before, Angola changes him forever. Through both animation and live action footage, ANOTHER DAY OF LIFE blurs the line between action thriller, biopic, and documentary while vividly capturing the chaos and insanity of the war and Kapuściński's experiences. As he witnesses bloody horrors and questions the role of the war reporter, Kapuściński undergoes a deep change as a human being and is reborn - as a writer.
Event Information and Tickets for Another Day of Life
Fugue (Fuga) (Poland/Czech Republic/Sweden, 2018, 102 min)
Synopsis: Alicja has no memory and no knowledge about how she lost it. In two years, she manages to build a new, independent self, away from home. She doesn't want to remember the past. When her family finds her, Alicja is forced to fit into the role of mother, daughter and wife, surrounded by what seem to be complete strangers. But Alicja sees them as strangers, and whatever ordeals she experienced while she was missing has eradicated the cheerful, compliant personality they remember. As Alicja learns more about the woman she supposedly was, the more fractured her precarious sense of self becomes. FUGUE is a psychological journey of self-realization through the darkest parts of humanity, accomplished with unsettling cinematography and truly striking direction from Agnieszka Smoczynska.
Event Information and Tickets for Fugue (Fuga)
My Friend the Polish Girl (UK, 2018, 87 min)
Synopsis: MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL borrows from cinema verite and video bloggers to create a rare naturalism in style and performance. A young, rich girl, Katie, decides to make a documentary film about Alicja, an impulsive Polish actress living in London. During the making of the film, the interference of Katie in the life of her character proves to have serious consequences, both in their relationship and the film’s narrative. Set in a post-Brexit-vote London, Katie’s colonizing, disruptive presence in Alicja’s life mirrors the treatment of migrants in the UK: Welcomed, used, then discarded. MY FRIEND THE POLISH GIRL is a raw, sexual, and visually brash film exploring the abusive power and control over someone’s intimacy.
Event Information and Tickets for My Friend the Polish Girl
THE SPRING FESTIVAL OF THE EGG
The Spring Festival of the Egg is a FREE family oriented event welcoming the coming of Spring in many ethnic traditions. A variety of FREE "hands-on" folk art activities will be available for "children of any ages" to enjoy.
Date: 3/3/2019 (Sunday)
University of Pittsburgh,
William Pitt Student Union
3959 5th Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pa., 15213
Hours: 12:00 Noon to 5:00 PM
FREE activities include:
Join the University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms Programs for an afternoon of FREE Springtime Fun for everyone!
For More Information Contact:
Nationality Rooms Programs - 412-624-6150
Web Page: http://www.nationalityrooms.pitt.edu/news-events
Audience: All Welcome
Category: Festival, Folk Arts
University of Pittsburgh Nationality Rooms Programs & the Polish Room Committee
Submitted by: Lawrence Kozlowski
The Sunday afternoon screening of "The Gorals" in the Frick Fine Arts Auditorium in Pittsburgh on January 27, 2019 filled the room to the brim. We were bombarded with questions during the Q&A session which was conducted remotely through Skype with the film's Director, Filip Luft. The screening raised awareness for the Endowed Fund for Polish Studies at the University of Pittsburgh, with a portion of the proceeds going to the endowment.
The next screening in the United States is schedule for March 17 in Deerfield Beach, Florida.
To book a screening of the film at your theater, auditorium or facility in the U.S. please contact Randy Legersky via TheGorals.USA@InbornMedia.com.
View the Trailer: