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East/Central European Langauge Feature Films in Leavey Library (DVDs): Polish Titles

Polish Titles

Aftermath
"Two brothers uncover a dark secret that forces them to confront the history of their family, their villagee and their nation. A tense and gripping thriller inspired by actual events from the days of German occupation."

Ashes and Diamonds
"Maciek, a young Resistance fighter, is ordered to kill Szczuka, a Communist district leader, on the last day of World War II. Though killing has been easy for him in the past, Szczuka was a fellow soldier, and Maciek must decide whether to follow his orders."

Beyond the Steppes
"Beyond the steppes-tells the story of a woman's forced journey to the steppes of Central Asia. Nina, a young Polish woman, is deported with her baby by the Soviet Army in 1940, to the deep hostile lands of the USSR. She has to work in a sovkhoz under the control of the Russian political police. When her child becomes ill, she leaves on a search to find medications with a group of Kazakh nomads. The film draws the intimate and personal experience of this woman, as she's forced into exile, struggling against the extreme conditions of this inhuman land."

The Big Animal = Duze zwierze
"A bank clerk in a small Polish town awakens to discover a camel outside his window. He and his wife develop a bond with the animal and the neighbors become increasingly jealous. A lesson about tolerance, love, and sacrifice is learned by all."

Bez końca = No End
"Antek was one of the few lawyers willing to take on political cases in a period of enforced martial law. Upon his unexpected death, Antek's wife Ulla struggles to cope with her grief. She eventually takes on the task of finding another attorney to take over one of her husband's cases to defend a man jailed for leading a labor strike. After connecting a colleague from Antek's past with the prisoner's wife, a series of mysterious signals make Ulla believe that Antek's ghost is warning her about the man chosen to replace him."

Człowiek z Marmuru
"In 1976, a young woman in Krakow is making her diploma film, looking behind the scenes at the life of a 1950s bricklayer, Birkut. She studies his stint as a proletariat hero, how that heroism was created, and what became of him."

The Decalogue
"Ten television drama films, each one based on one of the Ten Commandments."

La double vie de Veronique = The Double Life of Véronique
"Weronika is a Polish choir soprano, and her double, Véronique, is a French music teacher. Though they are unknown to each other, the two women share an enigmatic, purely emotional bond."

A Generation
"Story of youths during the German occupation of Poland in the World War II who come to adulthood through love and adversity."

Ida
"Poland 1962. On the eve of her vows, 18 year old Anna meets her estranged Aunt Wanda, a cynical Communist judge who shocks the naive Anna with a stunning revelation: Anna is Jewish and her real name is Ida. Ida and Wanda embark on a revelatory journey to their old family house to discover the fate of Ida's birth parents and unearth dark secrets dating back to the Nazi occupation."

In Darkness
"Leopold Socha is a sewer worker and petty thief in Lvov, a Nazi occupied city in Poland. One day he encounters a group of Jews trying to escape the liquidation of the ghetto. He hides them for money in the labyrinth of the town's sewers beneath the bustling activity of the city above. What starts out as a straightforward and cynical business arrangement turns into something very unexpected, the unlikely alliance between Socha and the Jews as the enterprise seeps deeper into Socha's conscience."

Kanal
"September, 1944. It's the 56th day of Warsaw's uprising against the Nazis. The third Platoon of the Resistance is down to 43 heroic men and women, and they're penned in. After a last day of fighting, and of good-byes to family, to love making, and to music, a handful of doomed survivors wade into the city's underground sewers in hopes of escape. Their valor is tested a final time."

Katyn
"Dramatization of the massacre of 20,000 people (interned Polish officers as well as civilians accused of treason by the occupying Soviet forces) by the Soviet secret police at Katyń in the spring of 1940, and the cover-up that followed. Follows the fictional stories of four families, separated from one another in the confusion of September 1939, when the Soviets and Germans invaded Poland, through the Soviet occupation in 1945 when the truth of the massacre gets suppressed."

Korczak
"The film opens in the late 1930s with pediatrician, writer, teacher, and radio personality Korczak working as the administrator of an orphanage in the slums of Warsaw. When the Nazis invade Poland, move Korczak and his Jewish charges into the ghetto, and begin shipping cattle cars full of adult Jews to Treblinka, the doctor does everything in his power to try to protect the children from the uglier aspects of the ominous quarantine."

 Krajobraz po bitwie
"Two Polish Holocaust survivors, a Gentile political prisoner and a headstrong Jewish girl, begin a romantic relationships in the days after their liberation by the Allies."

Krótki film ó milości = A Short Film about Love (Polish)
"Focuses on the lives of two human beings who have been deprived of the gift of love. A young postal worker falls in love with an older woman who lives in the flat opposite his. She attempts to prove to him that 'love' is nothing more than a set of biological impulses, as a reaction to his voyeurism, and draws him into a game in which neither is the winner."

Man of Iron
"A strike by the Polish union Solidarity takes place at the Gdansk shipyard in the summer of 1980. An alcoholic TV journalist is ordered to smear one of Solidarity's key figures, nicknamed the 'Man of Iron'."

Nóż w wodzie = Knife in the Water
"A middle-aged journalist and his wife invite a footloose young hitch-hiker aboard their sail-boat for a Sunday outing in the Polish lake district. Like two peacocks, the men proceed to flaunt their virility before the woman, revealing a cynical sadism on the part of the husband and a growing resentment in the knife-wielding youth."

Ostatni etap  = The Last Stage
"Martha Weiss, a Jew, is sent to Auschwitz concentration camp with her family. On the first day of their arrival Martha is, by a coincidence, chosen as an interpreter, but her entire family is killed. The horrible lives of female inmates of Auschwitz are chronicled in this accurate recreation of actual events. Based on the actual experiences of film director, Wanda Jakubowska, as a prisoner of a German concentration camp."

Przypadek = Blind Chance
"Facing an unclear future, Witek, an earnest young Polish medical student, chooses to put his education on hold. What happens next spawns into three successive scenarios depending on whether Witek catches or misses his train--giving him three different futures. Whether as an idealistic Communist Party member, an ambivalent dissident or a devoted healer and husband, the young Pole's destiny is shaped by a troubled present poised to engulf him."

Remembrance (Polish)
"In a daring escape Tomasz, a young Polish political prisoner, rescues his Jewish fiancé Hannah. With the Nazis in pursuit, Hannah and Tomasz make their way into hiding. Chaos ensues and the two are torn apart and each becomes convinced that the other is lost."

Run Boy Run
"A superlative saga of courage and compassion, it tells the extraordinary true story of a Polish boy who seeks the kindness of others in his solitary struggle to outlast the Nazi occupation and keep alive his Jewish faith."

Sala samobójców = Suicide Room
"A series of humiliating events 100 days before his graduation pushes privileged Dominik into the virtual world for comfort. He begins spending all his time as an avatar in the 'Suicide Room', but soon his online adventures begin to dangerously bleed into his real life. Breathtaking animated sequences draw the viewer into the virtual world portrayed in this psychological drama of a teenager trying to escape the torment of bullying."

A Short Film About Killing =  Krt̤kifilm o zabijaniu
"Young drifter Jacek brutally murders a taxi driver for no comprehensible reason. An idealistic young lawyer is assigned to the case, but when his client is sentenced to death he is riled by the injustices of the legal system."

Story of Sin (Polish)
"The life of a beautiful, young and pious woman is thrown into chaos when her parents take in a dashingly handsome lodger. After embarking on a torrid love affair with him, the lodger goes off to Rome to seek a divorce from his estranged wife. Unable to live apart from her beloved, the hero leaves home to follow him."

Ulica graniczna
"A tragedy about an old tailor who tries to save his daughters and others in the Warsaw ghetto. Culminates with the uprising of 1943, when Jews, supported by the Polish underground, take up arms and die fighting."

W imię  = In the Name Of
"Adam is a Catholic priest who discovered his calling as a servant of God at the relatively late age of 21. He now lives in a village in rural Poland where he works with teenagers with behavioral problems who fight and yell abuse. He declines the advances of a young blonde named Ewa, saying he is already spoken for. However, celibacy is not the only reason for his rejection. Adam knows that he desires men and that his embrace of the priesthood has been a flight from his own sexuality. When he meets Lukasz, the strange and taciturn son of a simple rural family, Adam's self-imposed abstinence becomes a heavy burden.

W pustyni i w puszczy = In Desert and Wilderness
"At the end of 19th century, two kids, childeren of engineers working on the Suez Canal, are kidnapped in the heart of the African continent. The children manage to escape from the hand of their captors along with two African children and embark on a journey across the harsh yet breathtakingly beautifull African landscape."

Wszystko na sprzedaż
"Inspired by the death of Polish actor Zbigniew Cybulski, [the film] focuses on the behind-the-scenes lives of a director and his actors when they are disrupted by the mysterious murder of their leading man ... Film fiction mixes with reality as some of the actors play themselves."

A Year of the Quiet Sun
"In the wake of World War II, an American soldier forms a delicate friendship with a war widow amid the devastation of 1946 Poland. In spite of the language barrier, painful memories of their past, and the many cultural divisions that separate them, Norman and Emilia dare to steal a moment of happiness together."

Zemsta
"Two 17th century aristocratic families, due to decline in their ancestral legacies, inhabit separate parts of a crumbling castle and thrive on making each other miserable. The feuding noblemen try to outwit one another for romance and control over their extravagant realm while their family members pursue their selfish interests of greed and lust. Thwarted lovers, mistaken identity, closed-door couplings and long simmering feuds abound in this delightful farce!"

Ziemia obiecana = The Promised Land
"Three industrialists representing different ethnic groups in Poland, build a textile factory in Lodz at the turn of the century, but encounter problems with overworked, underpaid workers."

Zmruż ocz
"The story of a spirited ten-year-old girl who has run away from her proudly affluent parents in town and finds grudging refuge with the slightly slovenly caretaker of an abandoned farm, an ex-teacher."