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Films about freedom at CinePolska 2014

This year’s edition of Polish Film Days will take place during November 20 and December 7 and will provide the Romanian audience the opportunity to experience  various forms of freedom. Presently at the tenth edition, the Festival gives up its previous name – Polish Film Days – to carry on with the brand new name CinePolska, will include six films produced in 2013, dedicated to the celebration of a quarter of century of freedom after the fall of the communist regime. All of them are subtitled in Romania and two of them (“Ida” and “The Doll”) are also subtitled in Russian (for the screenings in Kishinev).
“Ida” directed by Pawel Pawlikowski and starring Agata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska, Dawid Ogrodnik, Joanna Kulig brings us back to Poland in 1962. Anna is a novice, an orphan raised by the nuns in the convent. Before taking the vows, Anna must meet Wanda, the only relative still alive who tells her she is Jewish. The two women are beginning a journey to discover not only their family’s tragic story but also themselves. They come to the point of doubting their religion and all ideas they have believed in so far.
Romanian political analyst Vladimir Tismaneanu said, “Ida” is a moving film, “a reflection on the various aspects of the human freedom, on what means to be a woman, Christian, Jewish and just human being in a world marked by genocide and subversive ideologies.”
The film will be screened at Odeon Cinema in Kishinev on November 20, starting 7 pm and at Elvira Popescu Cinema in Bucharest, on November 28, starting 8 pm.
“I want to live/ Chcesiezyc” directed by Maciej Pieprzyca and starring Dawid Ogrodnik, Kamil Tkacz, Dorota Kolak, Arkadiusz Jakubik tells the story of Mateusz, a young man with brain paralysis, considered “a vegetable” by the doctors and society. Yet he will prove to be a completely normal intelligent person in years. His appetite for living and reconciliation with himself helped him to break through his limits. The movie is inspired by a true story. Grzegorz Fortuna comments the movie is a story of a fight for dignity and understanding, is “a fiction movie like a fairytale, a miraculously optimistic story.”
The film may be seen at Elvira Popescu Cinema in Bucharest, on November 29, at 8 pm and at Odeon Cinema, in Kishinev, on November 22, at 7 pm.
“Baby blues”, directed by Katarzyna Roslaniec and starring Magdalena Berus, Nikodem Rozbicki, Klaudia Bulka, Michal Trzeciakowski is a movie about “losing control in a rock’n’roll style”, as Anna Bielak put it.
Natalia is a 17-year-old mom. She gave birth to a child because she wanted to, there was no accident. It’s cool to have a baby, to dress him with trendy clothes, but having someone who belongs to you and who will love you all for good is more important.
The film is scheduled at Elvira Popescu Cinema in Bucharest, on November 30, at 8 pm and at Cinema Odeon, Kishinev November 25, at 7 pm.
“The Doll”, with Krzysztof Krauze, Joanna Kos-Krauze signing direction and script, follows Doll’s life, the first Roma poetess, since her birth till old age: her arranged marriage when she was still a minor, her life in a Roma camp before, during and after WWII, then the house arrest in communist Poland and pauper life. Her encounter with poet Jerzy Ficowski, who discovered her great poetry talent and published her work, lead to a tragic paradox: The Doll becomes a famous poetess but ends to be rejected by the Roma community for she betrayed their secrets.
The film is presented at Odeon Cinema, in Kishinev on November 21, at 7 pm and at Elvira Popescu Cinema in Bucharest on December 5, at 8 pm.
“In the name of…”, directed by Margorzata Szumowska. Father Adam is taking over a little parish in the middle of the wild, where he sets up a center for former young delinquents. Locals accept the father in their community, as they approve his action. But his power and vitality are hiding a secret. After meeting an erratic, quiet young boy, a sort of little outcast of the community, father Adam is forced to face a long forgotten passion. The father turns to enemy as villagers’ suspicions are confirmed.
Janusz Wróblewski says director Szumowska is avoiding the scandal, she is just controlling the narration by asking universal existential questions about vocation’s nature and the loneliness price, about the power of faith and the cynicism of feelings, about hidden emotions.
The film will be screened at Elvira Popescu Cinema in Bucharest on December 6, at 8 pm and at Odeon Cinema in Kishinev on November 23, at 7 pm.
“Ticket to the Moon/ Bilet na ksiezyc”, director and screenplayer Jacek Bromski. This movie brings military life into the limelight. On July 1969 Adam was called in the army, being assigned in the Marine. He leaves for Swinoujscie together with his big brother Antoni. Antoni’s plan is to train Adam for military life until enlistment and to also to initiate his younger brother into life’s “misteries”.
The film may be enjoyed at Elvira Popescu Cinema in Bucharest on December 7, starting at 8 pm and at Odeon Cinema in Kishinev on November 24,  at 7 pm.

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