The Bardzo fajny festival of fresh Polish culture is not afraid of the pandemic restrictions. There is an intimate online programme you can enjoy from your living rooms. A selection of new Polish documentaries, short films for “unfavourable times” from the film festival Film Podlasie in Attack!, films from the festival ŻUBROFFKA for children with an art workshop and some DIY project ideas you can try at home. The video-recipes for Polish dishes by our chef Aga will be a compensation for the food you’d normally be able to taste at the festival at Bio Oko in Letná.
The festival continues to discover topics that are a taboo not just in Poland – there will be three films focusing on the topics of love, identity, age, LGBT+, and others in intimate stories of main characters.
The first film is Unconditional Love, a personal story of the director Rafał Łysak. The documentary debut sensitively depicts the confrontation of two worlds; catholic Poland with values of the so-called traditional family, and the young generation who disrupt these values. Can a catholic grandma get on well with her gay grandson?
The second film are the Lessons of Love about love of the elderly. The female director duo Małgorzata Goliszewska and Kasia Mateja document and elderly lady Jola, a mother of six, who decides to leave her aggressive husband and to start a new chapter of her life. She signs up for singing classes where she meets Wojtek who is a true gentleman. Can Jola, aged 69, fall in love again?
The thirds film, Call me Marianna by Karolina Bielawska is a story of a woman in a man’s body who decides to make her dream come true and she undertakes a gender reassignment surgery. Finally, Marianna can be herself. However, she’s lost her family and her close ones. What does such a change entail?
Apart from feature documentaries, the festival will as always screen sequencies of short films. For the grown-ups, there will be the Selection of short films for unfavourable times from our partner festival Filmowe Podlasie Atakuje! (Film Podlasie in attack!). For children we prepared a Sequence of short films from the ŻUBROFFKA festival. There is no language barrier. The films will be accompanied by an art workshop with the illustrator Alžběta Zemanová. The workshop is available at the webpage of films for children and it will be free of charge.
The regular festival features Polish dishes prepared by the Polish living in Prague. This year, however, festival visitors will discover the Polish cuisine through the camera only.
In her video, the chef Aga Fafius will teach you how to make the traditional gołąbki.
An exclusive one-minute curtain raiser will be screened before all programme events. The short film about this year’s summer cinema Klubovna was shot for the festival by Ondřej Šálek.
The Bardzo fajny festival of fresh Polish cinema will be taking place between 4 and 11 December 2020 online at Dafilms.cz.
For more details check the festival Facebook page.
PROGRAMME available from Friday 4 December 7 PM until Friday 11 December 2020
Unconditional love / directed by Rafał Łysak / CZK 69
Lekce lásky / directed by Małgorzata Goliszewska and Kasia Mateja / CZK 69
Říkejte mi Marianna / directed by Karolina Bielawska/ CZK 59
PROGRAMME FOR CHILDREN available from Saturday 5 December 7 AM until Monday 7 December 0:00
Additional activities free of charge: Art workshop for children with Alžběta Zemanová
In 2020, Bardzo fajny events were supported by the Czech-Polish forum of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Czech Republic, by the City Hall of Prague and by the Townhall of Prague 7. Festival partners: Cultural Centre in Białystok, Film Podlasie in attack and the International festival Żubroffka. The Polish Institute in Prague is a permanent partner of the festival.
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