23rd Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival
November 18-20, 2016
Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor

Note: printable version (in pdf) of this program is available.

Venue: Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor



7:00 p.m.

Body/Cialo dir. Malgorzata Szumowska, 2015 (90 min, drama)
Olga suffers from anorexia, a disease that neither she nor her cynical father knows how to overcome. In an attempt to cure Olga, they embark on a journey in order to understand their relationship, shattered by the death of Olga’s mother. They go to great lengths to reconnect including sessions with an intriguing spiritualist named Anna.

9:00 p.m.

Carte Blanche , dir. Jacek Lusinski, 2015 (100 min, drama)
Like John Keating from the Dead Poets Society, Kacper is a passionate high school teacher who dedicates his life to his students. When he learns that he is losing his eye sight, Kacper decides to conceal it from everyone and continues teaching. Initially no one is aware of his encroaching blindness, however, as Kacper’s condition worsens he faces difficulties of both physical and moral nature.



10:00 am — 12:00 pm Family-Friendly Film Series

Prosze Slonia, dir. Witold Giersz, 2015 (65 min, animation)
Exhibition of Polish children books

12:00 pm — 4:00 pm Program of documentary and short narrative films (FREE)

Fall of Icarus (Upadek Ikara), dir. Pawel Son Ngo, 2016 (4 min. nar.)
Jonah in the whale’s belly (Jonasz w brzuchu Lewiatana), dir.Krzysztof Wierzbicki, 2015 (55 min.doc.)
Lila (Lila), dir.Dominika Lapka, 2015 (24 min. fic)
Invisible (Niewidzialne), dir. Zofia Pregowska, 2014 (22 min.doc.)
Home (Dom), dir. Filip Jacobson, 2016 (27 min.doc.)
What I want (To, czego chce), dir. Damian Kocur, 2015 (30 min. fic)

4:00 pm

Jan Karski and the Lord of Humanity (Jan Karski i wladcy ludzkosci), dir. Slawomir Grunberg, 2015 (75 min, doc). Jan Karski is considered to be one of the most remarkable men of the 20th century and a true hero of World War II. Risking his life, he became the first man to report German atrocities and the Holocaust to western governments. The film is a moving testimony of his contribution to humanity, as well as a reminder of the last century’s worst crimes.
Q&A session with the director to follow.

6:30 pm

Blindness (Zacma), dir. Ryszard Bugajski, 2016, (110 min, drama)
The film is based on the life of Julia Brystygier, nicknamed Bloody Luna, one of the cruelest members of the communist security apparatus in Poland. World-renowned filmmaker Ryszard Bugajski shows the last years of her life and examines Brystygier’s sudden turn to Catholicism, investigating the source of human evil and one’s need for redemption.

8:30 pm

America (Ameryka), dir. Aleksandra Terpinska, 2015 (30 min.fic)

9:30 pm

11 Minutes (11 Minut), dir. Jerzy Skolimowski, 2015 (81 min, thriller)
The old master of Polish cinema Jerzy Skolimowski creates an intriguing cinematic experiment: he presents 11 minutes from the lives of multiple characters (a Hollywood producer, a hot-dog seller, a young actress, a drug dealer, and many others) whose fates will be determined by one event, specifically in the last few seconds of the eleventh minute.



10:00 am — 12:00 pm Family-Friendly Film Series

Klub Wloczykijow, dir. Tomasz Szafranski, 2015 (98 min, family)
Exhibition of Polish children books

12:30 pm — 2:00 pm Program of documentary and short narrative films (FREE)

Actress (Aktorka), dir. Kinga Debska, Maria Konwicka, 2015 (72 min.doc)

Announcement of the 23rd Ann Arbor Polish Film Festival Awards.

2:00 pm

Planet Single (Planeta singli), dir.Mitja Okorn , 2016, (135 min, comedy)
Romantic Ania meets TV show host Tomek on Valentine’s Day. Tomek convinces Ania to go on a series of dates with men from the Internet, which may increase the show’s popularity. On one such date Ania meets a man she really likes. How does Tomek react? A funny and entertaining film.
Q&A session with the director to follow

All films with English subtitles; not-rated. Program subject to change without notice.
Tickets (per feature film): $10 general admission, $6 students and seniors.
Family Friendly Series tickets: single $5, family tickets $15 (for 3 or more)
Documentary and Shorts programs: FREE admission.