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Kinoteka Polish Film Festival 2013

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'The Promised Land'

Kinoteka's eleventh Polish Film Festival is a celebration of the country's finest auteurs and best new talent. Teh festival will feature director's such as Andrzeji Wajda, whose epic film The Promised Land (1974) will kick off proceedings in its UK premiere at the Barbican on the 7th March. On the surface, it is a tale following the dreams of three ambitious young men in search of prosperity, but underlying that is a political statement on how a Capitalist society breeds greed, human cruelty, exploitation, and betrayal.

Then on the 8th March, the aspiring auteur, Maria Sadowska, will be making her film debut at Riverside Studios, with what critics have described as a 'feminist western'. Women's Day has a similar theme to The Promised Land, showing that many of the issues from the 20th century are still present in society today.

As well as full features, there will be a series of short experimental films by Wojciech Bruszewski at the Tate Modern. Across Realities is an exploration of the director's experiments in perception, and will be followed by a panel discussion about Bruszewski's work on the 12th March. The animated works of Witold Giersz will also be available to see on the 16th March at the National Gallery, and depicts a series of moving canvas paintings.

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'Escape From "Liberty

Not everything about Polish cinema is serious though, and if you prefer something a bit more light-hearted, Escape From 'Liberty' Cinema is a satirical comedy about a group of actors, who, tired with film censoring, begin to improvise and create their own narrative. The film by Wojciech Marczewski is on 12th March at the Barbican.

Aside from the films themselves, Kinoteka will also be presenting a number of interactive workshops. For example, there will be a free four-day animation workshop for children aged 10-14 at Riverside Studios. They will get to practice drawing, learn how to use animation equipment, and produce their own animated short. There will also be an adult writers' workshop, and masterclasses in cinematography and graphic design.

The festival runs between the 7th - 17th March and is free for all. You will also have the opportunity to vote in the short film competition on the 15th March and see the results at the closing gala night.
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When: 7th - 17th March
Phone: 0203 206 2004
Where: Barbican, Riverside Studios, Tate Modern, National Gallery
Cost: Free
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