29th Galway Film Fleadh 11th - 16th July 2017

In the year in which we lost cinematic titan Andrzej Wajda, it seems appropriate to make Poland our country in focus this year. Featuring new work by fellow trail-blazer Agnieszka Holland and films from some of Poland’s freshest new voices, our Focus on Poland strand offers a glimpse at the cinematic landscape of another European co-production powerhouse, and a people who have become inextricably tied to our own.

Features include Spoor: Agnieszka Holland’s Silver Bear winning film; an eccentric and delightful murder mystery set in a Polish mountain village. The Sun, the Sun Blinded Me: the third feature by Wilhelm and Anka Sasnal puts a modern spin on Camus’s The Stranger, relocating its plot from the Mediterranean outskirts of Algiers to the cold, austere Baltic Sea. The Art of Loving: Polish pop star Maria Sadowska, paints a portrait of Michalina Wislocka, the most famous sexologist of communist Poland and her fight for the right to publish her book, which would change the sex lives of Polish people forever. I’m a Killer: a thriller set in 1970s’ communist Poland about a young detective who becomes the head of a police unit focused on catching a rampant serial killer, nicknamed ‘The Silesian Vampire’. Playground: a controversial debut feature that has elicited walk-outs and applause in equal measure. This real-life horror story transplants the infamous case of the murder of Jamie Bulger to contemporary urban Poland. Finally, we have Bogdan’s Journey: a documentary about Bogdan Białek, a Catholic Pole, journalist and psychologist who, determined to heal historical wounds, launches a crusade to reconcile Poles and Jews in Kielce, Poland, where townspeople killed over 40 Holocaust survivors seeking shelter in a downtown building.