On 15th September the first Polish mobile film festival in the United Kingdom, called Play Poland Film Festival, will be held in Ireland again, this time in the Northern Ireland. The programme of festival events in Belfast will be different from the events that simultaneously take place in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Birmingham. In the Northern Ireland the festival will enter the space of an art gallery and it will have even more experimental, independent and artistic character.
Play Poland Festival’s appearance in Platform Arts gallery, where all festival events in the capital of the Northern Ireland are going to take place, will be inaugurated by the exhibition of works of a famous poster artist Jakub Erol (15th to 23rd September). A monographic exhibition will undoubtedly amaze the visitors with original ideas, excellent technique and unusual combination of forms, defined as surrealistic.
We are proud of the possibility to show festival audience Jakub Erol’s works – says the exhibition curator, Jakub Olejarczyk. A monographic exhibition of this artist, a student of Henryk Tomaszewski (the father of Polish School of Posters) will allow the visitors to see the best examples of Polish posters. Jakub Erol has created almost 1000 posters that are individual in style and unique among other film posters that are based mainly on photography – comments Olejarczyk.
On the 15th and 16th September Festival will organize showing of two parts of Decalogue 89+, Vol.1 (15th September) and Vol.2 (16th September) made on the 20th anniversary of the premiere of Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Decalogue.
Decalogue 89+ project is a tribute for the original’s director, that consists of ten stories, ten films made by ten directors and no spectator can pass by them indifferently. As in case of the original, Decalogue 89+ consists of short stories made by brilliant directors and with the great acting of: Globisz, Golebiewski, Bonaszewski and Biedrzynska.
Equally interesting will be numerous screenings of the best Polish short films (17-23 September) from the recent five years. These will be carefully selected student etudes and series of short stories in the following categories: social drama, fabula rasa, documentary and para-documentary, animation and experimental cinema.
Platform Arts gallery (Belfast Platform for the Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast BT1 6EA) will offer festival guests an open space – without theatre movie seats – in which graphic art will coexist in harmony with an independent movie picture.
The admission to all festival events in Belfast will be free.
On the 30th August, special guests came to the screening of Czarny in Glasgow; the director of the film Dominik Matwiejczyk and Bruno Aleksander Kiec, a director of the Film Mountain (Filmowa Góra) project, during which the audience has a unique opportunity to see the gems of Polish short films. There was also a discussion panel during which they answered questions of British and Polish audience gathered in Glasgow Film Theatre.
On 15th September, simultaneously with the inauguration of the festival in Belfast, Play Poland Film Festival will visit Liverpool, where it will present factual and pseudo-documentary short films collection. Further screenings will be organized there until mid-December. In October and November Festival will move to Oxford.
Among the media partners of the festival are: Apsik.co.uk, Dziennik Polski, Emito.net, Filmweb.pl, Goniec Polski, Ipla, KobietaWUK.Info, Londynek.net, Panorama, Polemi.co.uk, Polish Express and TVP Kultura.
The festival is supported by numerous prestigious institutions and culture patrons, among others: the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, Richard Demarco – one of the most prominent Scottish critics of the contemporary art, professor Zbigniew Pelczynski from Pembroke College University of Oxford, Steve Woods – a film artist and a lecturer at IDAT National Film School in Dun Laoghaire, Aidan Hickey – a member of Cartoon European Association of Animation Film and Huston School of Film in Galway.
More information about the programme of the event, places of film screenings and availability of the tickets can be found on a website: www.playpoland.org.pl and festival’s fan page on Facebook.