THE BEST FILMS FROM POLAND

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1.
Saviour Square (2006)
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A story of a married couple with two children, whose housing problems, the man's infidelity and the woman's fragility lead the family to destruction. (105 mins.)
 
2.
Knife in the Water (1962)
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On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker out of sheer patronization. (94 mins.)
Director: Roman Polanski
 
3.
Wniebowzieci (1973 TV Movie)
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Two simple men win the lottery and decide to spend the money on their first plane flight and some other pleasures. But all that does not bring enough happiness to their lives. (45 mins.)
 
4.
Ajlawju (1999)
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(87 mins.)
Director: Marek Koterski
 
5.
Hotel Pacific (1975)
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A teenage country boy starts working in a restaurant of the famous Pacific Hotel in the 1930s. He soon discovers that to get promoted one needs to conform and sacrifice his dignity. (94 mins.)
Director: Janusz Majewski
 
6.
Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy (1980 TV Series)
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An unemployed man goes to Warsaw to look for a job. By accident he gets into the high society circles and starts a spectacular career. (50 mins.)
“ WILHELMI ! WILHELMI ! WILHELMI ! ” - panerai
 
7.
Snow White and Russian Red (2009)
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An aggressive thug has problems with his girlfriend. Over the course of several chaotic days he walks around the hood, takes drugs and confronts himself with other women. (108 mins.)
Director: Xawery Zulawski
 
8.
Teddy Bear (1981)
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The main character is the manager of a sport club, nicknamed "Teddy Bear" by his friends and acquaintances... (111 mins.)
 
9.
Co mi zrobisz, jak mnie zlapiesz (1978)
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What Will You Do When You Catch Me? is a parody of comunist times in Poland. A state-owned company director is having an afair during his delegation... (99 mins.)
 
10.
How I Unleashed World War II (1970)
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The adventures of unlucky Polish soldier Franek Dolas during world war II. In September he escapes from Stalag and goes to France. After that he fights in Africa and Europe. (224 mins.)
 
11.
A Trip Down the River (1970)
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A stowaway on a cruise ship is mistaken for an entertainment director. (65 mins.)
Director: Marek Piwowski
 
12.
The Promised Land (1975)
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At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete... (179 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
13.
Nie lubie poniedzialku (1971)
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An acute case of Mondayitis in Warsaw. Interwoven stories of a few inhabitants of Warsaw, including one very unlucky Italian on a governmental mission and a charitable Polish American. (98 mins.)
 
14.
Dziewczyny do wziecia (1972 TV Movie)
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Three ordinary country girls head to Warsaw to escape from their monotonous lives, have some fun and search for the men of their dreams. (45 mins.)
 
15.
The Dark House (2009)
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The story takes place in two parallel time planes. The first plot follows the events of one autumn night in 1978... (105 mins.)
 
16.
The Wedding (2004)
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A wealthy small-town wiseguy organizes the wedding party for his daughter. As the party begins, unexpected events start to occur and disturb the party for the hosts and guests alike. (109 mins.)
 
17.
Kiler (1997)
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An innocent cab driver Jurek Kiler is mistaken for a contract killer and imprisoned. Soon, he is sprung by a mob boss who needs "Killer" for a few more jobs. (104 mins.)
 
18.
Boys Don't Cry (2000)
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A satirical look at the gangsters of Poland and some teens who accidentally get involved with them. (90 mins.)
Director: Olaf Lubaszenko
 
19.
King Size (1988)
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A comedy. The story follows a young scientist in the contemporary world, who actually came from the world of dwarves... (105 mins.)
 
20.
Pigs (1992)
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In good old days Franz Maurer and his partners from secret police used to live like kings. Now, they... (104 mins.)
 
21.
Sexmission (1984)
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Two scientists are placed in hibernation and should be awaken after three years. But when they wake up, it turns out that it has been fifty years, and they are the only two males in a new, underground society composed exclusively of women. (117 mins.)
 
22.
My Nikifor (2004)
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Story of the last eight years of life of Nikifor Krynicki, famous "naive artist". (97 mins.)
 
23.
Our Folks (1967)
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Two quarreling peasant families, who were forced to leave their lands after the war, are settled by accident on two neighbouring farms. (81 mins.)
 
24.
Black Cross (1960)
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In the 15th century the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth is facing a hard struggle against the neighboring Teutonic Order.Frequent clashes between the two powers finally culminate in 1410 with the Battle of Grunwald. (166 mins.)
Director: Aleksander Ford
 
25.
Tristan and Isolde (1981)
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(95 mins.)
 
26.
Colonel Wolodyjowski (1969)
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In 1668 Polish colonel Michael Wolodyjowski, who recently retired to a monastery, is recalled to active duty and takes charge of Poland's eastern frontier defenses against invading Tatar hordes and Ottoman armies. (160 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Hoffman
 
27.
The Deluge (1974)
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During the 1655 war between Protestant Sweden and Catholic Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth some Polish-Lithuanian nobles side with Swedish king Charles X Gustav while others side with the Polish king Jan Kazimierz. (315 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Hoffman
 
28.
The Collector (2005)
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Lucjan Bohme is a ruthless debt collector working in a post-industrial Silesian town. In the land of unemployment and misery, he's got a lot of work and no mercy at all. Until something happens. (100 mins.)
Director: Feliks Falk
 
29.
Ashes and Diamonds (1958)
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During the German occupation noble, bourgeois and worker's partisan groups lived in peace with another. On the first day of freedom they start to fight each other. In these fights is weaved a most tender love story. (103 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
30.
The Debt (1999)
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The Debt is a gripping thriller about two entrepreneurs who become tangled in the web of a Russian thug... (106 mins.)
 
31.
Katyn (2007)
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An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940. (122 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
32.
Day of the Wacko (2002)
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24 hours in the bitter life of a frustrated divorced teacher who stays in the vicious circle of his numerous obsessions. (93 mins.)
Director: Marek Koterski
 
33.
Street Games (1996)
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(100 mins.)
 
34.
Calls Controlled (1991)
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Stanislaw Tym revives his career-making role as government agent Ryszard Ochodzki in this follow-up... (93 mins.)
 
35.
Kochaj albo rzuc (1977)
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Pawlak and Kargul - neighbors, frenemies, and grandfathers to Ania- both receive invitation to America from Pawlak's brother- John... (114 mins.)
 
36.
Nie ma mocnych (1974)
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The main characters are the same two quarreling pesant families introduced in "Sami swoi" (Our Folks)... (89 mins.)
 
37.
Janosik (1974)
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Polish version of the legendary highwayman and folk hero, Juraj Janosik. (119 mins.)
 
38.
Testosteron (2007)
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Kornel - an ornithologist who became the most popular Polish scientist, has married a famous pop singer... (119 mins.)
 
39.
Rose (2011)
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A harrowing tale of survival centers on Rose, a Masurian woman, whose husband, a German soldier, was killed in the war... (90 mins.)
 
40.
Foul Play (1976)
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The film is a story of a young man coerced into undercover work for the police, in return for their dropping of charges against him... (90 mins.)
Director: Marek Piwowski
 
41.
Show (2003)
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Petty thief Czarek takes part in a TV reality show to escape from the mafia. He is sent to a house on a desert island with 9 other contestants. Even the death of one of them does not stop the show. (120 mins.)
Director: Maciej Slesicki
 
42.
300 Miles to Heaven (1989)
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Based on a true story dating back to 1985 when two Polish boys, a teenager and his little brother, escaped from communist Poland all the way to Sweden, hidden under a truck. In the movie, their destination has been changed to Denmark. (90 mins.)
Director: Maciej Dejczer
 
43.
Man of Marble (1977)
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In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer... (165 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
44.
Giuseppe w Warszawie (1964)
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Adventures of the Italian soldier in a rebellious Warsaw in 1943, between Germans and the Polish resistance. (99 mins.)
 
45.
Hubal (1973)
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Based on a true story. After Poland is overrun by Axis forces in 1939, an officer and his remaining men decide to continue fighting the invaders alone, thereby becoming the first guerrillas of World War II. (126 mins.)
Director: Bohdan Poreba
 
46.
A Short Film About Killing (1988)
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The plot couldn't be simpler or its attack on capital punishment (and the act of killing in general) more direct - a senseless... (84 mins.)
 
47.
Lalka (1968)
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Set in the 19th century Warsaw. The indolence of aristocrats who, secure with their pensions, are too lazy to undertake new business risks... (139 mins.)
Director: Wojciech Has
 
48.
Chlopi (1972 Mini-Series)
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(653 mins.)
 
49.
Noce i dnie (1975)
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An epic saga of the Niechcic family, told from a woman's perspective. In 1914 in the war-torn Kaliniec, Barbara Niechcic remembers her youthful love, marriage hardships, family life in the countryside and finally her husband's death. (632 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Antczak
 
50.
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
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Upon finding a book that relates his grandfather's story, an officer ventures through Spain meeting a wide array of characters, most of whom have a story of their own to tell. (182 mins.)
Director: Wojciech J. Has
 
51.
The Treasure (1923)
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In and around a bell maker near Marburg (today Slovenia) people tell the story of a treasure that was hidden during the Turki invasion of 1683... (80 mins.)
 
52.
Vabank (1981)
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Set in Warsaw in 1930's. After six years in jail, framed for bank robbery by an accomplice, the legendary Kwinto has only revenge on his mind... (108 mins.)
 
53.
Wielki Szu (1983)
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Released from prison after five years, con-artist Szu is sent packing by his young wife; he heads for... (96 mins.)
 
54.
Wodzirej (1978)
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An ironic look at a climber who decides to do anything, including throwing mud at his best friend, to... (104 mins.)
Director: Feliks Falk
 
55.
Bad Luck (1960)
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The story is an odyssey of a little man through Poland of 1930 to 1950. It shows his attempts to cope... (92 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Munk
 
56.
Zmory (1979)
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Set before the first Wold War in part of Poland under Austrain occupation, the story of a young boy... (100 mins.)
 
57.
Znachor (1982)
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Abandoned by his wife and daughter, a famous surgeon starts drinking, hurts his head and loses his memory. His medical knowledge gradually resurfaces and he becomes a village healer. (128 mins.)
Director: Jerzy Hoffman
 
58.
Alternatywy 4 (1983 TV Series)
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The families from various backgrounds move to a newly built block of flats in the suburbs of Warsaw. They have to face the totalitarian methods applied by the block caretaker Stanislaw Aniol. (55 mins.)