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Bolek and Lolek are young explorers who travel the world in their imaginations. A hit throughout Poland and in much of Europe, this charming children's cartoon boasts a capricious animation style and whimsical sound effects, enchanting viewers without the need for dialogue. This universal approach helped make Bolek i Lolek a hit with kids everywhere, like when it was picked up by Nickelodeon's Pinwheel in America. Bolek & Lolek On Vacation comprises seven cartoons about enjoying fun trips, new friends, and new places.

Poland---1964-1986---64 mins.
Bolek and Lolek are young explorers who travel the world in their imaginations. A hit throughout Poland and in much of Europe, this charming children's cartoon boasts a capricious animation style and whimsical sound effects, enchanting viewers without the need for dialogue. This universal approach helped make Bolek i Lolek a hit with kids everywhere, like when it was picked up by Nickelodeon's Pinwheel in America. Bolek & Lolek in the Wild West comprises seven cartoons about cowboy adventures. Bolek and Lolek are young explorers who travel the world in their imaginations. A hit throughout Poland and in much of Europe, this charming children's cartoon boasts a capricious animation style and whimsical sound effects, enchanting viewers without the need for dialogue. This universal approach helped make Bolek i Lolek a hit with kids everywhere, like when it was picked up by Nickelodeon's Pinwheel in America. Bolek & Lolek Are Going Camping comprises seven cartoons about wild times in the great outdoors.
Animated in a simple yet very expressive fashion, Bolek & Lolek is a charming children's cartoon that ran for years on Polish television. The characters, two youngsters who imagine adventures around the globe, are depicted without dialogue but with clever sound effects and movement that convey their personalities. This volume includes six Bolek & Lolek tales: "In the Land of Kangaroos," "Tracking Down a Tiger," "In the Polynesian Islands," "In the Land of the Incas," "In the Land of Eskimos," and "In Canada."

Marszalek/Wajser/Nehrebecki/Dulz/Zeman/Kudla---Poland---1968-70---57 mins.
Six more wonderful cartoons for children, featuring two young explorers who travel the world in their imaginations. Bolek & Lolek was a hit throughout Poland and in much of Europe, thanks to its universal approach (no dialogue) and basic yet whimsical animation style. This volume includes these stories, originally broadcast on Polish television: "At the Olympics in Mexico," "The Grand Prix in Argentina," "Buffalo Hunters," "Chasing the Smuggler," "In the Pharaoh's Tomb," and "At Kilimanjaro."

Byrdy/Wajser/Nehrebecki/Cwiertnia/Kudla---Poland---1969-70---54 mins.
A good-hearted mouse tries to get along with his neighbors in the animal kingdom in these appealing Polish cartoons aimed at younger children. Very human characteristics come through in the animated critters, and the stories are told without dialogue, making them truly universal. Six stories as originally broadcast on Polish television: "The Cricket's Concert," "The Cat and the Mouse," "The Little Mouse and the Stork," "The Little Mouse and the Tramp," "The Little Mouse and the Owl," and "The Little Mouse Goes Skiing."

Eugeniusz Kotowski---Poland---1980-83---56 mins.
Small children will adore following the animated activities of Little Mouse as he encounters a variety of creatures and overcomes a number of problems. Originally made for Polish television, these cartoons (using no dialogue) cross national boundaries with their appeal. Seven stories: "The Little Mouse by the Water," "The Little Mouse Takes a Walk," "The Little Mouse and the Fox," "The Little Mouse Wishing a Happy Birthday," "The Little Mouse and the Car," "The Little Mouse and the Fly," and "The Little Mouse and the Mole."

Eugeniusz Kotowski---Poland---1975-83---61 mins.
When a little boy who likes to draw comes to the aid of a mystical dwarf, he is rewarded with a magic crayon that allows him to draw objects that come to life. With the help of his trusty dog, he uses the crayon to perform good deeds. These cartoons, made for Polish television, impress with their fluid animation and cheerful tone. There is no dialogue, making them perfect for young kids of all nationalities. Six stories: "In the Square," "The Chase," "Pete: Friend of the Birds," "Saving the Bear," "The Flood," and "Lost in the Something".

Baraniecki/Piliczewski/Czernelecki/Kotowska---Poland---1974---54 mins.
A young boy with a magic crayon that brings objects to life takes to the sea in these episodes of The Enchanted Crayon. These children's cartoons are a slight departure from those on volume 1. The animation is a little less fluid, but the narrative is more involved, following the hero and his pet dog in an ongoing seafaring adventure. Originally broadcast on Polish television. Episodes: "Message in the Bottle," "The Sinking Boat," "Shipwrecked," "Prisoners on the Glacier," "In an Old Windmill," and "Monkey's Silly Tricks."

Czernelecki/Kronic/Kotowska---Poland---1974---57 mins.
The hilarious adventures of hapless Private Franek Dolas, a Polish soldier during WWII who misses his train stop and finds himself in Germany. In the third and final episode of the series, Private Dolas dresses as a nurse so he can stowaway onboard a medical ship headed for Italy. When he is captured by Nazi officers, Dolas is mistaken for a German soldier and sent to the front. Through luck and coincidence, he finds his way back to Poland where he is welcomed as a hero. This is the last chapter of one of the wackiest series in Polish film history. In Polish with English subtitles.

Tadeusz Chmielewski---Poland---1970---73 mins.
A multiple award-winning tale of a mother's quest for a bitter truth, this drama is based on a story by popular Polish author Olga Tokarchuk. Halina, a young, hard-working widow, tramps around a small Polish border town in search of the father of her grandchild. Her impaired, teenage daughter refuses to name the father, which causes a problem with the upcoming baptism. As Halina drags her daughter and grandson around town, she uncovers some difficult truths about her family. "...the most delightful Polish film of the past few years" (Bright Lights Film Journal). In Polish with English subtitles.

Ryszard Brylski---Poland---2003---72 mins.
This is the complete, 13-episode television series that has mainly been seen outside of Poland in a severely truncated theatrical version. Now the entire, nearly ten hours of this epic adventure can be seen as they were originally broadcast. Janosik is a legendary Robin Hood of the Tatra Mountains who steals from the rich to help the poor who are oppressed by the liege lords who rule the countryside. Full of adventures, fights, duels, pursuits and thrills. With Marek Perepeczko, Bogusz Bilewski, and Witold Pyrkosz. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Passendorfer---Poland---1974---579 mins.
Within the conventions of the road movie, Iraj Karimi adds a metaphorical dimension to the daylong journey of random characters from Tehran to northern Iraq. This is the complete, 13-episode television series that has mainly been seen outside of Poland in a severely truncated theatrical version. Now the entire, nearly ten hours of this epic adventure can be seen as they were originally broadcast. Janosik is a legendary Robin Hood of the Tatra Mountains who steals from the rich to help the poor who are oppressed by the liege lords who rule the countryside. Full of adventures, fights, duels, pursuits and thrills. With Marek Perepeczko, Bogusz Bilewski, and Witold Pyrkosz. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Passendorfer---Poland---1974---579 mins.
This is the complete, 13-episode television series that has mainly been seen outside of Poland in a severely truncated theatrical version. Now the entire, nearly ten hours of this epic adventure can be seen as they were originally broadcast. Janosik is a legendary Robin Hood of the Tatra Mountains who steals from the rich to help the poor who are oppressed by the liege lords who rule the countryside. Full of adventures, fights, duels, pursuits and thrills. With Marek Perepeczko, Bogusz Bilewski, and Witold Pyrkosz. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Passendorfer---Poland---1974---579 mins.
This inventive tale from director Jan Jakub Kolski (Pornografia) tells of aging peasant Johnny Aquarius, who discovers that he's bestowed with the power to make it rain, heal the sick, and cause water to flow upwards. He leaves his pregnant wife and sets off to perform miracles for the local folk, who follow him and hang on his every deed. In this fable of folly and hubris, Kolski returns to his unique style of magic realism, in which extraordinary events occur in an ordinary world. With veteran Polish actor Franciszek Pieczka. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jan Jakub Kolski---Poland---1993---100 mins.
Old Jakubek is a celebrated military officer who wants to die so he can be reunited with his great love, but before he can rest he must fulfill the local tradition of passing his saber to his grandson. Unfortunately, Jakubek has no grandson, as his son is unmarried and there are few prospects for marriage. When a potential bride moves into the neighborhood, the old man and his comrades engage in a little scheming and matchmaking. Directed by Jan Jakub Kolski, "one of Poland's most active, and singular, directorial voices" (Time Out). In Polish with English subtitles.

Jan Jakub Kolski---Poland---1996---101 mins.
Debt collector Lucek Bohme is a powerful figure in Walbrzych, Poland. The best in the business, he has no qualms about collecting from anyone who owes him money--even repossessing medical equipment from the only hospital in town. The Debt Collector follows two days in the life of Lucek, whose world is turned upside down after his determination to do his job at all costs results in tragedy. Winner of the Ecumentical Prize at the Berlin International Film Festival and multiple Polish Film Awards. In Polish with English subtitles.

Feliks Falk---Poland---2005---93 mins.
A hilarious comedy of errors that spoofs the ups and downs of everyday life in Poland during the last years of communism. The story concerns a backstabbing divorced couple competing with one another for the money in their joint London bank account. Starring Barbara Burska, Bronislaw Pawlik, and Stanislaw Tym, who co-wrote the screenplay with director Stanislaw Bareja, Teddy Bear spawned the successful sequel Calls Controlled. In Polish with English Subtitles.

Stanislaw Bareja---Poland---1980---111 mins.
In this sequel to the popular comedy An Angel in Krakow, Giordano the Angel is bound by his earthly responsibilities and cannot return to heaven. When he reluctantly severs all ties with heaven, he suffers a nervous breakdown. Now Giordano just needs to find that one woman who will bring him heaven on earth. A warm-hearted comedy by newcomer Artur Wiecek, Angel in Love stars veteran Polish actor Krzysztof Globisz (The Decalogue, Pan Tadeusz) as the wayward angel. In Polish with English subtitles.

Artur Wiecek---Poland---2005---97 mins.
Leading an already strong cast in this coming-of-age story, Jerzy Stuhr (The Decalogue) plays a handsome young musician, Gypsy, who busts out of jail one week before his release. He blows into town, falls madly in love with the 16-year-old daughter of a Communist hardliner, and hits the road with her when her father doesn't approve. Based on an actual event from the early 1990s in which the daughter of a Polish politician ran away with her boyfriend. Capturing the end of the Solidarity era, "a true-life farce was transformed into a grotesque vision of contemporary Poland" (The Guardian) in Hijacking Agatha. In Polish with English subtitles.

Marek Piwowski---Poland---1993---77 mins.
Popular Polish actor Marek Kondrat (Pan Tadeusz) makes his directorial debut with this action-packed drama about a father who risks all to save his daughter. Kondrat also stars in the title role as a truck driver who frequently leaves his daughter Martha home alone while he's out on the road. After she turns 16, though, Martha and her boyfriend slip out to a night club against her father's orders. When they fall into the wrong hands, only her father can save her. Winner of the Audience Award and Jury Prize at the Polish Film Festival. In Polish with English subtitles.

Marek Kondrat---Poland---1999---98 mins.
Polish actor Jerzy Stuhr (The Decalogue) directs and stars in the Golden Lion award-nominated tale of hapless lawyer Adam Borowski, who leads an impeccable professional life alongside a chaotic personal one. Though highly respected for prosecuting everything from child endangerment to racially-motivated attacks, Adam fails to take care of his mounting problems at home--a sick mother, a relentless taxman hot on his trail, and a demanding mistress. Carrying on in the tradition of his mentor, director Krzysztof Kieslowski, Stuhr has crafted a morality tale of human frailty and suffering. Also known as A Week in the Life of a Man. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Stuhr---Poland---1999---93 mins.
DADDY
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A harrowing film about the extraordinary social and personal transformations within Poland's crumbling communist society. Pigs, or Psy, focuses on two friends and former secret police agents who attempt to remain friends and find their identities in the new state. Director Wladyslaw Pasikowski burst on the scene as part of the new group of post-Communist filmmakers who churn out "Kielbasa Easterns"--fast-paced, hard-edged action flicks influenced by Hollywood. With Boguslaw Linda, Marek Kondrat and Janusz Gajos. "Gripping" (Variety). In Polish with English subtitles.

Wladyslaw Pasikowski---Poland---1992---110 mins.
Boguslaw Linda--Poland's top action star--delivers an electrifying performance as a hard-living, divorced father fighting for custody of his seven-year-old daughter in this devastating drama. After he loses the bitter battle, he's forced to kidnap her from her mentally ill mother. Number one at the box office when it was released, Tato launched the career of Maciej Slesicki, one of Poland's new breed of action directors. Slesicki would later re-team with Linda for Sara, another Polish box-office blockbuster. Winner of Best Director, Best Actor, and Best Editing at the 1995 Polish Film Festival. In Polish with English subtitles.

Maciej Slesicki---Poland---1995---125 mins.
Olaf Lubaszenko, whose acting career was launched in The Decalogue, helms this offbeat mix of gangster action and romantic high jinks. Struggling cartoonist Kuba falls passionately in love with a beautiful young singer named Naomi. But the singer's friends and companions object, including Naomi's former lover, Diamond, a small-time gangster who has big plans for her career. Caught between longing and fear, Kuba feels like a trapped coyote. And everyone knows what a coyote does when he's caught in a trap. This is a sequel to Guys Don't Cry. In Polish with English subtitles.

Olaf Lubaszenko---Poland---2001---107 mins.
This quartet of intertwining tales of love from actor-writer-director Jerzy Stuhr was honored around the world, winning the prestigious FIPRESCI award at the Venice International Film Festival. Stuhr plays the protagonist in each story: a priest who discovers he has a teenaged daughter, a college professor who attracts the affection of a student, a thief blackmailed by his lover, and an army officer trying to rekindle an old affair. "Ingenious, insightful and finally rather touching" (Time Out London). Also known as Historie Milosne. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Stuhr---Poland---1997---84 mins.
From actor-turned-director Olaf Lubaszenko (Coyote's Morning) comes this comic romp starring Maciej Stuhr as Kuba, a young violinist who strikes all the wrong notes with the local Polish mafia. The trouble begins when Kuba tries to find a girl for his bumbling buddy Oscar. The pair hooks up with a girl from an escort service, but when they don't have the money to pay her, the mob intervenes. An action comedy for men who are still boys at heart. Also known as Boys Don't Cry and Chlopaki Nie Placza. Followed by Coyote's Morning. In Polish with English subtitles.

Olaf Lubaszenko---Poland---2000---92 mins.
Robert Koehler of Variety describes Juliusz Machulski's satiric spoof of the film industry as "slickly produced and chock full of whiz-bang effects." No showbiz insider is spared as the movie mercilessly targets crooked producers, untalented starlets, shallow talk-show hosts, and even current Polish directors who mimic Hollywood action blockbusters. The plot involves a mob boss who wants to finance a production for his bimbo girlfriend and hires an uncompromising film critic to write the script. When the critic--a cineaste famous for criticizing popular movies--turns in his treatment, the gangster dumps it and forces him to write a commercial crowd-pleaser. In Polish with English subtitles.

Juliusz Machulski---Poland---2003---92 mins.
The Polish Hogan's Heroes. Boguslaw Linda and Marek Kondrat, known best for their action roles, team up once again in a lighthearted WWII adventure about two members of the Polish underground who engage in a series of comic misadventures. They plan to outwit the Nazis by robbing a German-controlled bank and using the loot to purchase a major shipment of arms. What in the pierogi could possibly go wrong? In Polish with English subtitles.

Janusz Majewski---Poland---1998---150 mins.
In this delightful Polish comedy, director Marek Koterski introduces a hapless n'er-do-well named Adam Miauszynski, unwilling and unable to take responsibility for the events of his life. Popular screen and television actor Cezary Pazura (White) portrays the unfortunate Miauszynski, while Marek Kondrat costars in a comic departure from his action roles in films like Pigs. The success of Nothing Funny launched a series of comedies with the same character, reteaming director Koterski with star Pazura. In Polish with English subtitles.

Marek Koterski---Poland---1995---65 mins.
Based on an actual event, The Crown Witness (Swiadek Koronny) tells the story of an investigative reporter and a gangster who meet for an interview. The reporter carries a dark secret while the gangster, who has turned over a new leaf for a woman, is the star witness in a trial against his former mob associates. Both seek justice for different reasons. With this breakout performance, popular television actor Pawel Malaszynski positioned himself to become Poland's next big action star. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jacek Filipiak---Poland---2007---97 mins.
In this zany sequel to Polish Kitsch Project, filmmakers Mariusz and Michal--who are playing comic versions of themselves--come up with another foolproof scheme to get funding for a new film. This time, the celluloid heroes plan to produce a horror film in which beautiful girls get bumped off one by one. Here's the kicker: the actresses have to pay to be in the film! So where are they going to find hordes of beautiful women who will do anything to be in a movie? Hollywood, of course! Full of hope and little else, Mariusz and Michal leave Poland's beautiful Mazurian Lakes and head for the land of golden opportunities. In Polish with English subtitles.

Mariusz Pujso---Poland---2006---88 mins.
Certainly one of the highest achievements of 1960s Polish cinema, and a stirring nationalist epic. Based on the classic novel by Henryk Sienkiewicz, Order of Teutonic Knights is a vivid portrayal of customs and life in medieval Poland, brilliantly directed with a epic sweep by Aleksander Ford. Features a cast of thousands, including Andrzej Szalawski and Grazyna Staniszewska. "The scale would put DeMille to shame" (Time Out).

Aleksander Ford---Poland---1960---166 mins.
Poland's most beloved actor, Jerzy Stuhr, directs and stars in this serious-minded comedy satire about a member of Solidarity who disappears to live as a monk during the communist era. Seventeen years later, his wife and son spot him singing at a street festival and expose his true identity. Thrown out of the monastery, he returns home to live in the garage and soon realizes his family is on the verge of collapse: his youngest daughter deals drugs; his oldest daughter strips on a reality show; his son works for a crooked politician; and his wife has a new lover. You know, life after communism as usual. "Reaffirms Stuhr's rep as an actor uncommonly skilled at expressing an Everyman's sentiments" (Robert Koehler, Variety). In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Stuhr---Poland---2003---96 mins.
Jerzy Stuhr--one of Poland's most beloved actors--wrote and directed this charming comedy that caters to his image as an innocent caught in a cynical world. Stuhr plays Gustav, a Krakow professor roped into showing a visiting Swedish professor around town. The randy Swede soon tires of Gustav's dull dissertations on Polish heroes, suggesting they spend their time on less lofty pursuits--women. Though shy, Gustav eventually calls Isa, an old girlfriend from his distant past who was writing a dissertation on the mating habits of geese. While Isa is not quite what the Swede had in mind, Gustav sees his old flame through the rose-colored glasses of time. "This amusing, personal pic benefits from a lightly ironic touch" (Variety). In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Stuhr---Poland---1995---70 mins.
The hilarious adventures of hapless Private Franek Dolas, a Polish soldier during WWII, begin in October 1939 when Germany is about to invade. Instead of defending the border of his homeland, Dolas misses his train stop and finds himself in Germany. When he nervously takes a pot shot at a German soldier, Dolas is convinced he has started the war. His desperate--and desperately funny--attempts to get home must be seen to be believed!. This is the first of a three-part series featuring Private Dolas that was a popular hit in Poland. In Polish with English subtitles.

Tadeusz Chmielewski---Poland---1970---80 mins.
Romance goes awry in Atrakcyjny Pozna Pania, an outrageous tale about confirmed bachelor Stasio Tuchala, who may be a little long in the tooth but still eager to find love. His friends persuade him to run an ad in the newspaper's personals column so that he can find his centerfold dream girl, but only a few senior-aged ladies rise to the occasion. Theatre director and playwright Marek Rebacz (Wieruszka; Egzekutor) makes his feature-film debut with this delightful comedy starring veteran Polish actors Roman Klosowski (Eroica; Cellulose) and Andrzej Grabowski (Strike). In Polish with English subtitles.

Marek Rebacz---Poland---2004---96 mins.
VIRUS
24.95
The hilarious adventures of hapless Private Franek Dolas, a Polish soldier during WWII who misses his train stop and finds himself in Germany. In this episode, he is hiding on a ship that gets attacked by an enemy submarine. When Dolas is eventually rescued by the French, he's forced into the Foreign Legion and taken to Syria. Now, he is even farther away from Poland! This is the second and most exotic of a three-part series featuring Private Dolas that was a popular hit in Poland. In Polish with English subtitles.

Tadeusz Chmielewski---Poland---1970---73 mins.
Polish television star Zbigniew Buczkowski takes to the big screen in this violent caper about a small-time crook nicknamed "Lawstorant." After years of planning behind bars, he puts a plan for the perfect heist into action when he hits the streets. To help him pull off the ultimate score, he recruits a crack team of thieves and con men, one played by the controversial Polish pop star Michal Wisniewski. But just as quickly as you can say "Crime doesn't pay," their plot goes awry due to girls, goons, and greed. In Polish with English subtitles.

Mikolaj Haremski---Poland---2004---104 mins.
Or as they say in Poland, Wirus. This suspenseful story follows a computer virus that's eating its way through Warsaw, and features Polish action stars Olaf Lubaszenko, Jan Englert, and Cezary Pazura. After the computer networks of a major bank and hospital are compromised, Michal, a young hacker, is hired to combat the virus before it completely cripples the institutions. As he digs deeper into the code, he comes to believe his brother, Stefan, might be the cyber terrorist. Michal's crush on the foxy bank manager isn't helping either. Wirus came a year after the wave of hacker movies (The Net, Hackers, Johnny Mnemonic) swept through the States. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jan Kidawa-Blonski---Poland---1996---97 mins.
DOUBLE
24.95
Polish filmmaker Jerzy Hoffman followed With Fire and Sword with another epic historical adventure. The Old Fairy Tale, or Stara Basn, features a cast of renowned Polish stars, including Daniel Olbrychski (The Decalogue), Jerzy Trela (Three Colors: White), and Michal Zebrowksi (The Pianist). Based on a novel by Jozef Ignacy Kraszewski, the complex narrative was culled from ninth-century legends of Slavic tribes that existed long before the Polish state was formed. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jerzy Hoffman---Poland---2003---135 mins.
Modern-day Warsaw shines in this romantic comedy about the love life of a young, hip architect. In his break-out role, popular Polish television star Maciej Zakoscielny plays a handsome young professional torn between two women. A soundtrack by Eastern European pop band Goya highlights this second romantic romp from director Ryszard Zatorski, whose Never Ever was a hit at the Polish box office. In Polish with English subtitles.

Ryszard Zatorski---Poland---2006---98 mins.
In this action-packed comedy, Max and Leon--two hapless tourists from Warsaw-- meet at a wedding in Sicily, where they run into members of a powerful mafia family. They inadvertently get pulled into the mob's problems, which follow them back to Warsaw. A great cast of Polish actors and comedians, including Andrzej Grabowski as Leon and Robert Gonera as Max, highlight this fast-paced laugh fest, filled with chase scenes, stunts, and dark humor. In Polish with English subtitles.

Marcin Ziebinski---Poland---2006---110 mins.
VINCI
24.95
Pawel, an ambitious young professional, is neglecting his beautiful wife, Ewa. They hope a long-awaited vacation aboard a yacht will recharge their marriage, but the plan is shattered when Pawel says he needs to return to work early to tend to a multi-million dollar contract. On their way back home, they meet an older man who wants to help the young couple, but his unorthodox methods go a bit too far. Full of sudden, nasty turns, The Third is not only a taut, tense drama about contemporary modern relationships, but also an allegory about modern-day Poland, a former Eastern bloc country with a checkered history of uncertainties and contradictions. In Polish with English subtitles.

Jan Hryniak---Poland---2005---95 mins.
A wayward wedding where everything goes wrong provides the setting for this bawdy black comedy from Polish filmmaker Wojciech Smarzowski. An award winner at the Karlovy and Locarno film festivals, The Wedding follows Kate and Janesz down the aisle. From the bride's wealthy father, they receive a new Audi TT as a wedding present. What dear dad doesn't tell them is that the car comes with strings attached to a deal with a local gangster. "...Smarzowski demonstrates a sharp sense of pace and a gaminess for pushing the bad-taste envelope that may yet take him far" (Leslie Felperin, Variety). In Polish with English subtitles.

Wojciech Smarzowski---Poland---2004---109 mins.
Winner of Best Screenplay at the Polish Film Festival, Juliusz Machulski's patented mixture of comedy and action makes for "zippy, mainstream entertainment" (Variety). An recently-paroled thief and his former partner (now a cop!) are presented with the opportunity to snatch a Da Vinci painting. How could they possibly resist? In Polish with English subtitles.

Juliusz Machulski---Poland---2004---108 mins.
KILLER
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ANGER
24.95
"A postmodern, intertextual extravaganza that quotes American, European and Polish popular cinema," says Andrzej Pitrus of Cineview about this action comedy from Polish filmmaker Juliusz Machulski. Jurek Kiler (Cezary Pazura), a taxi driver with an unfortunate last name, is mistaken for a contract killer and quickly arrested by the police. After the mob helps secure his release, Kiler is seduced by his new identity. Polish star Jerzy Stuhr appears as the determined detective. Winner of the Audience Award at the Polish Film Festival. In Polish with English subtitles.

Juliusz Machulski---Poland---1997---109 mins.
An aging femme fatale and her talented daughter battle for control over the young girl's destiny in this coming-of-age story from Poland. Though the mother wants only the best for her daughter Marysia, she can't help but push the teenager into the career that Mom always wanted. In the meantime, Marysia dreams of becoming a ballerina. An award-winning melodrama loosely adapted from the Luchino Visconti classic, Bellissima is a sensitive tale of the special bond between mothers and daughters. In Polish with English subtitles.

Artur Urbanski---Poland---2001---65 mins.
In this taut thriller from Polish filmmaker Marcin Ziebinski, a young man named Pawel inherits a secluded old mansion in the country and takes his girlfriend, Magda, to the house for a romantic getaway. Unfortunately, they soon discover they are not alone. Pawel's angry, volatile brother, Piotr, has escaped from juvenile hall and is hiding out at the property. The reunion between the two brothers turns into a cruel contest of recrimination and accusation. When Piotr's criminal comrades show up and threaten Pawel and Magda, will Piotr step up to help the brother he hates? In Polish with English subtitles.

Marcin Ziebinski---Poland---1997---80 mins.
WARSAW
24.95
Three of Poland's biggest stars assemble for this war film that takes place near the end of the Bosnian conflict. Boguslaw Linda stars as Major Keller, who commands a peacekeeping force in Bosnia near the end of the war. Under investigation for his part in saving a Polish mercenary from a lynching, Keller defies orders again in order to rescue a band of Polish soldiers on the front. This time, his replacement tags along to understand what makes this trouble-making commander tick. With Zbigniew Zamachowski and Olaf Lubaszenko. In Polish with English subtitles.

Wladyslaw Pasikowski---Poland---1998---97 mins.
The third feature by Iranian filmmaker Rafi Pitts is a "delicate cinematic poem" (Variety) about three residents of Tehran, each working towards a better future. Multiple storylines intersect in Warsaw. Agnieszka Grochowska shines as young Klara, who heads to Warsaw to meet her boyfriend. Her plans change when she becomes entangled with handsome Pawel in a classic "meet cute" on the train to the city. In the meantime, temperamental hellion Wiktoria finds romance with a businessman. The two couples cross paths when they try to help a farmer find his daughter. The only thing missing from this comedy of coincidences and contrivances is a giraffe wandering through the city. Spoiler: there is a giraffe wandering through the city. In Polish with English subtitles.

Dariusz Gajeweski---Poland---2003---105 mins.
REICH
24.95
Set in 1976, this Polish comedy takes a light-hearted look at some of the problems and hardships of the communist era. Maciej Konopinski stars as a young man in love. He wants to impress his new girlfriend with comfortable furnishings for his apartment, but acquiring decent furniture in 1970s Poland is no small feat. Featuring Boguslaw Linda and Michal Milowicz. In Polish with English subtitles.

Oskar Kaszynski---Poland---2003---84 mins.
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Henryk Sienkeiewicz, this tale, set during the construction of the Suez Canal at the end of the 19th century, follows two children of engineers who are kidnapped and taken to the heart of Africa. When the kids escape, they embark on an action-packed journey across the continent to return to their parents. Gavin Hood (Tsotsi) directs this second film version of Sienkeiewicz's story, the first being made in 1973 by director Wladyslaw Slesicki. Winner of the Best of Fest Award at the Chicago International Children's Film Festival. In Polish with English subtitles or dubbed in English.

Gavin Hood---Poland---2001---111 mins.
Poland's number-one action star, Boguslaw Linda, shoots up the screen in this action vehicle from Wladyslaw Pasikowski, the director of Pigs. Linda plays Alex, an aging member of the Foreign Legion, who grows weary of his meaningless life and longs to return to his native Poland. With his buddy Andre, he sets out on a long journey home. But, before the welcome mat is even cold, the pair tangle with mafia lord Sopot. And, to complicate an already volatile situation, Alex falls for Sopotís beautiful girlfriend. In Polish with English subtitles.

Wladyslaw Pasikowski---Poland---2001---89 mins.
LOTNA
29.95
In this sequel to the hit comedy Vabank, Poland's most popular screen actor Jan Machulski returns as legendary bandit Kwinto. When the suave thief's long-time enemy Kramer escapes from prison to get even, Kwinto calls upon his old gang to meet the threat. Set in the 1930s, the sequel features Kwinto and the gang matching wits against everyone from crooked bank managers to Nazi border guards. Directed by Machulski's son Juliusz, Poland's most successful comedy filmmaker (Sexmission). In Polish with English subtitles.

Juliusz Machulski---Poland---1984---101 mins.
Andrzej Wajda, the son of a Polish cavalry officer killed in the Second World War by Germans, made this film as a tribute to the heroic horsemen who faced off against German tanks. It follows the trajectory of an off-white horse which passes among various military officials until it breaks a leg and is shot. In Polish with English subtitles.

Andrzej Wajda---Poland---1959---89 mins.
A postwar film version of Pola Gojawiczynska's novel. A lively picture of turn-of-the-century Warsaw as experienced by four young girls. The film begins as the heroines finish primary school and must begin adult life. With Maria Ciunelis, Izabella Drobowitz-Orkisz. In Polish with English subtitles.

Barbara Sass---Poland---1985---94 mins.