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  • 19 November 2015

    The third edition of the Polish film festival kicked off at the Casa del Cinema film centre in the capital of Italy, with the event organized by the Polish Institute in Rome.

    In commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the conclusion of World War II, the Italian audience saw a special presentation of the films "Warsaw Uprising" directed by Jan Komas, and Michał Waszyński’s "Wielka Droga", filmed in 1946. The film was found in the archives of the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Milan, and was restored in 2015 by the National Film Archive in Icrea. "Wielka droga" was the first post-war Polish film produced in Rome’s Studio Cinecitta, in cooperation with the Italian director Vittorio Cottafavi.
    "Rome’s CiakPolska is a huge hit among young cinemagoers. It is with them in mind we have brought pictures to the festival which provide an artistic portrayal of Poles’ participation in the liberation of Italy 70 years hence,” said Paweł Stasikowski, director of the Polish Institute in Rome.
    Waszyński’s work is a historical monument. The film contains unique documentary images showing the road taken by Poles form Siberia to Italy. The patriotic connotations of the film kept it from being shown in the cinemas of socialist Poland for many years.
    Attendees at the CiakPolska Festival will have nearly 30 Polish films to choose from. The review of Polish cinema started with Łukasz Palkowski’s "Bogowie" (Gods), winner of the 2014 Golden Lion Award at the Gdynia Film Festival and a contestant in the CiakPolska Audience Award contest. Invitations to the event were extended to Polish young artists including Katarzyna Klimkiewicz, Grzegorz Jaroszuk, Piotr Rosołowski and Bartosz Chajdecki, who participated in a meeting with Italian film critics.

    The guest of honour was Krzysztof Zanussi. During the festival the Italian audience had the opportunity to watch a review of films by the Polish director under the title "A Journey to Italy".
    “The idea behind the festival is based on cooperation with the Italian film community, which is actively contributing to the presence of Polish films in Italy. This year’s programme has been enhanced with numerous debuts, documentaries and animated films, as well as top short films from the Andrzej Wajda School,” emphasized Stasikowski.
    Co-organizers of the event were the CortoItaliaCinema Society and the Rome Independent Film Festival, in cooperation with the Italian National Film Institute, Tor Film Studio and the Polish Institute of the Motion Picture Arts.



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