The best of Polish cinema

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1.
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
 
2.
Night Train (1959)
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A man, Jerzy, enters a train set for the Baltic coast. He seems to be on the run from something--and... (99 mins.)
 
3.
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.)
 
4.
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.)
 
5.
In Darkness (2011)
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A dramatization of one man's rescue of Jewish refugees in the Nazi-occupied Polish city of Lvov. (145 mins.)
 
6.
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 Has
 
7.
Interrogation (1982)
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Tonia goes out drinking. She wakes up in prison, not having a clue why she's there. She is tortured to encourage her to confess to a crime she is not aware of. (118 mins.)
 
8.
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
 
9.
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
 
10.
Angry Harvest (1985)
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In the winter of 1942-43, a Jewish family leaps from a train going through Silesia. They are separated in the woods... (104 mins.)
 
11.
Three Colors: White (1994)
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Second of a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society shows a Polish immigrant who wants to get even with his former wife. (91 mins.)
 
12.
Eroica (1958)
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Two sketches covering episodes from the World War II. In the first novel, "Scherzo alla polacca", a shrewd son... (87 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Munk
 
13.
Dekalog (1989 Mini-Series)
Episode: Dekalog, jeden (1989)
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"I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt have no other God but me." Ten-year-old Pawel and his father Krzysztof... (572 mins.)
 
14.
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
 
15.
Three Colors: Red (1994)
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Final entry in a trilogy of films dealing with contemporary French society concerns a model who discovers her neighbour is keen on invading people's privacy. (99 mins.)
 
16.
Three Colors: Blue (1993)
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A woman struggles to find a way to live her life after the death of her husband and child. (98 mins.)
 
17.
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
 
18.
A Short Film About Love (1988)
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An innocent virgin spies on his frontal neighbor and falls in love with her, thus starts using tricks on her which he hopes will lead to them meeting. (86 mins.)
 
19.
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.)
 
20.
Tricks (2007)
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Six-year-old Stefek challenges fate. He believes that setting a chain of events in motion will help him get closer to his father who left his mother... (95 mins.)
 
21.
Kanal (1957)
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In 1944, during the Warsaw uprising against the Nazis, Polish Lieutenant Zadra and his resistance fighters use Warsaw's sewer system to escape the German encirclement. (91 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
22.
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
 
23.
Blind Chance (1987)
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Witek runs after a train. Three variations follow on how such a seemingly banal incident could influence the rest of Witek's life. (114 mins.)
 
24.
Passenger (1963)
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While being aboard a transatlantic ship, German woman Liza notices someone who looks like Marta, the former inmate at Auschwitz, where Liza used to be the guard. (62 mins.)
 
25.
The Scar (1976)
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1970. After discussions and dishonest negotiations, a decision is taken as to where a large new chemical factory is to be built and Bednarz... (112 mins.)
 
26.
Kobieta samotna (1987 TV Movie)
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A story of a middle-aged woman, Irena, living alone on the outskirts of Wroclaw with her 8-year old son... (92 mins.)
 
27.
Europa Europa (1990)
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A boy in Nazi Germany, trying to conceal that he is Jewish, joins the Hitler Youth. (112 mins.)
 
28.
A Generation (1955)
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Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity. (83 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
29.
Persona non grata (2005)
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Wiktor, Polish ambassador to Uruguay, comes back home to attend his wife's funeral and face his old Russian friend, suspected of having an affair with Wiktor's deceased spouse. (110 mins.)
 
30.
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.)
 
31.
Mother Joan of the Angels (1961)
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A priest is sent to a small parish in the Polish countryside which is believed to be under demonic possession and there he finds his own temptations awaiting. (110 mins.)
 
32.
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.)
 
33.
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
 
34.
Poszukiwany, poszukiwana (1973)
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Falsely accused Warsaw art museum assistant goes into hiding as a woman. (82 mins.)
 
35.
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
 
36.
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.)
 
37.
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
 
38.
Nothing Funny (1995)
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(95 mins.)
Director: Marek Koterski
 
39.
Danton (1983)
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Action opens in November of 1793, with Danton returning to Paris from his country retreat upon learning that the Committee for Public Safety... (136 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
 
40.
Life As a Fatal Sexually Transmitted Disease (2000)
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A cynical doctor, who is dying of cancer, would like to know the meaning of his life. He has to fight for it or just get ready for death. (99 mins.)
 
41.
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.)
 
42.
Johnnie Waterman (1993)
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The old man Johnnie lives a peaceful but eccentric rural life with his young wife Veronica. Shortly after conceiving the child they have longed for... (101 mins.)
 
43.
The Illumination (1973)
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Tabloid life of a physicist; his work, his love life and his quest for the meaning beyond. (91 mins.)
 
44.
The Hourglass Sanatorium (1973)
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The film depicts its protagonist, Joseph (Jan Nowicki), traveling through a dream-like world, taking... (124 mins.)
Director: Wojciech J. Has
 
45.
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
 
46.
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.)
 
47.
Ida (2013)
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Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation. (82 mins.)
 
48.
Man of Iron (1981)
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A worker becomes a "man of iron" forged by experience, a son comes to terms with his father, a couple fall in love... (156 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda