>>> POLISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS

>>> POLISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS >>> SET I - WEDNESDAY 6.11.2019 / 13:30


OH MOTHER!

Mother and son are changing places and roles constantly: once, the mother is an adult, sometimes the son matures and takes care of suddenly childish mother. The arrangement works fine, until the boy decides to cut the cord to the overprotective mother and start an independent life.
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COME ON KASIA, IT WON’T HARM YOU

“Come on Kasia, It Won't Harm You” tells a story about a few normal and common situations that escalate into strange and absurdly humorous endings. It's an animation about how we all are under permanent invigilation. But boy, how much fun those who watch us are having!
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NORMA

Two young girls are trying to fit into modern canons of beauty. Each of them is different. Norma and her neighbour try different methods to gain a feeling of self-acceptance.
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MUD

The main character of the film is a young woman living in a typical, boring neighbourhood. One night, she is visited by her boyfriend, who gives her a plant found on a nearby swamp. Disgusted with the gift and bored with her boyfriend, the girl ends their relationship. At first, she is satisfied with the new situation but then, the girl observes her ex-boyfriend arranging his life without her. Remorse and feeling of self-stupidity lead to situation where reality and her distorted perception mix up. read more...

OVER THE LIMIT

Margarita Mamun, an elite Russian rhythmic gymnast, is struggling to become an Olympic champion. This is the most important year of her career and her last chance to achieve the ultimate goal - the gold Olympic medal. The film creates a captivating portrait of a young woman who is desperately trying to handle her own ambitions and meet the expectations of the official Russian training system.
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PASDAR

This film portrays Mohammad Reza and his daughter Sahar living in Iran, close to the Iraqi border. Traces of wars and battles are everywhere. The loving father and veteran sees himself under an obligation against the Islamic State and struggles for his child’s acceptance.
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>>> POLISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS >>> SET II - WEDNESDAY 6.11.2019 / 16:15

DUST

“Dust” is a study of the way that every human body must go through from the moment of death to the funeral. In Jakub Radej’s film, the consecutive stages of the way (mortuary, morgue, cemetery) are juxtaposed with a bureaucratic approach to the property of the deceased.
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GEORGE AND GEORGE ON THE LAKE

George and George are both 83 years old. Every summer they sail together on the Mazury lakes in Northeast Poland, happy with the simplicity of life, the beauty of nature and their friendship. One of them is becoming weak. His hands tremble, his balance is off. The other George gently takes care of his friend. This might be the last such summer together.
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HUGO

Zdzisław Misiak, known as Dzidek, is the retired king of amusement parks. After his daughter's death his 7-year-old grandson Hugo comes to live with him in one of the left over barracks. In the enchanting surroundings of the amusement park a bond grows between the boy and his grandfather. This helps them both heal wounds caused by their tragic loss.
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>>> POLISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS >>> SET III - WEDNEDSAY 6.11.2019 / 19:00

RELAX

The owner and staff of “Relax”, a provincial inn, prepare for the arrival of a group of refugees. The struggling hotel is about to be turned into housing for refugees in hopes of getting funding from the European Union, and thus saving the business. On the anticipated day of the refugees’ arrival, complications arise putting more than the hotel in jeopardy.
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DREGS

Beata's life is not a bed of roses. She's lonely, lives in a tiny, cluttered place in a block of flats, and on top of that, she's addicted to gambling. All of this, however, doesn't stop her from advising hundreds of other people on what to do. That's because she's a telephone fortune teller. Her life changes drastically, when one of her predictions almost leads to a tragedy.
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DEER BOY

A hunter's son falls asleep counting the jumping deer. One of them got shot, one bleeds a little, another one limps away from the meadow. And the antlers grow and grow on the boy's head, puncturing the pillow, as they do every night.
“Deer Boy” is a horror fairy tale about instincts. About the first hunt. About blood and nature.
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SWEET HOME CZYŻEWO

A day in the life of a man who, after a 3-year-long economical migration in the US, comes back to his hometown to set up a business – the deal of his life. Marcin has got the know-how and dollars for the beginning, but will he manage to repair his relationship with Krysia, his old flame?
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60 KILOS OF NOTHING

A cold morning in an opencast ore mine. Krzysztof is starting his first day as a manager. To survive in this community of physical labourers, where he’s patently a fish out of water, he plans to maintain discipline with an iron hand. But an unexpected accident with one of the workers as the victim puts his moral principles to the ultimate test. He comes to understand that it’s easy to be firm in favourable circumstances, but hard to oppose wrongdoing when the consequences might prove tragic.
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>>> POLISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS >>> SET IV - WEDNEDSAY 6.11.2019 / 21:30

WINDOWS, WINDOWS

Villages gripped by fear, families running for their lives, special ops assembled to fight the unstoppable force terrorising the countryside. And the villain - rebellious, ever evading wood grouse. It strikes from hiding and disappears never to be found. Amidst the horrors sits Wojtek in his post atop a hunting box trying to spot the bloodthirsty beast. One night he sees a blazing window in an empty expanse. But there is no house. read more...

MORNING HAS BROKEN

One evening, the main character, a woman, turns off during the dinner. She turns off, just like a certain fuse in her body would blew, but no one has noticed that. After the dinner she calmly drowns her daughter, then she kills her husband with a knife. The next day, she wakes up and discovers that she cannot find her cat. “Morning has broken” is a film about alienation, solitude, and forgetting yourself. read more...

CRADLE ME

On the morning of her birthday, Emilia wakes up next to a stranger – Shay, a tourist from Tel Aviv. As the previous night’s events return to her, she remembers that their condom broke. Emilia decides to get rid of him as soon as possible, explaining to Shay that in Poland you need a prescription for the morning-after-pill and that she will take care of it on her own. But, Shay insists on coming with her to solve their problem. read more...

SPITSBERGEN

After a seven-month suspension from duty, Magda, a paramedic, goes straight back to work. In no time at all, conflict arises between her and a young, restrictive leader of the ambulance crew. Meanwhile, traumatic recollections are haunting her.
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>>> POLISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS >>> SET V - THURSDAY 7.11.20189 / 14:00

F 63.9

F63.9 is a World Health Organisation classification number given to a “disorder of adult personality and behaviour” which is commonly known as “falling in love”. According to scientists, the trembling hands, the blushing, the profuse perspiring, the obsession, the extreme emotional states ranging from euphoria to despair and the utterly irrational behaviour are symptoms of the secretion of the “love hormone”, in other words, phenethylamine. Can someone who is in love be manipulated? read more...

OF THE HOOK

Zuza is an art curator and a mother of a preschool daughter. One night she sees a teenager being beaten up by two men and she comes to his defense. When the police arrive at the scene, it’s Zuza who gets arrested.
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THE BRIEFING

A group of students must care for their first patients during a medicinal intern summer camp. The young adepts will have a short time to grow into fully fledged doctors and achieve their vocation. The film vividly portrays the experiences and the tempo of a physicians’ work – the pace is fast and every case is a unique one. read more...

THE NIXIE

“The Nixie” is a dark folk tale, based on an old Polish legend, immortalized by Adam Mickiewicz in a ballad of the same name. It tells the story of a water nymph who takes on a human form to seduce a young man she encounters in the forest. Mesmerized, he makes a vow of love towards her, and the woman transforms back into the nymph to test his love. Will he manage to stay faithful? read more...

THE BEAST

“The Beast” is a story about clash of two different worlds. Young, 19-year-old Cristopher, a frequent gym visitor and a local brawler gets a job as a guard at opera music festival. Touched by the beauty of opera, he decides to take up a singing course. This passion affects not only to Cristopher’s musical interests, but his whole lifestyle. The film is a short student comedy filled with music. read more...

>>> POLISH INDEPENDENT FILM AWARDS >>> SET VI - THURSDAY 7.11.2019 / 16:20

WILD BERRIES

One of those days when an ordinary family excursion turns into a lucid nightmare. The story takes a look inside a moment of separation that is inevitable yet still undefined.
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NEW BRONX

Natalia, a boyish and impulsive teenager, lives in a rough part of Gdańsk (in Poland) nicknamed Nowy Bronx (New Bronx). The area coined its name from local kids due to its omnipresent graffiti. Her crush on a popular neighborhood boy becomes an obsession and she is prepared to do anything to get close to him. But when she finally reaches her goal, everything suddenly changes... read more...

HEIMAT

Five members of a rather peculiar family meet at the police station. Three grown-up children have to testify against the man who beat up their father.
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HAPPINESS

Three characters at a different age seek love, peace and success. But sometimes happiness depends on luck.
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BOGDAN AND ROSE

Bogdan and Rose are an old marriage. They have been living together in one room, working at the same school canteen, but they don’t talk to each other. Their live is filled with silence and daily reciprocal malice.
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ON THE ROAD

During a long ride a woman picks up a hitchhiker. From the very beginning the man does not come across as trustworthy and the woman, anxious and feeling the growing threat, decides to pick up one more person. In the confined space of the car the three strangers begin a tense game. The characters hide some secrets that, revealed in small steps, will lead to tragic events. read more...