Polish movies at Brussels Cinema Days

BOZAR (Brussels)

Bozar will be holding its Brussels Cinema Days from 30 November until 4 December on the theme of Europe Loves Cinema. Cinema Loves Europe. Various European films will be screened, including the film United States of Love from Polish director Tomasz WASILEWSKI. The latter will come to present his film, which has already been garlanded with many prizes in Poland and abroad, to Brussels audiences on 1 December. The following day, the film I, Olga Hepnarova, with Michalina Olszańska in the leading role, will be screened.

+++ Here is the full programme of the Brussels Cinema Days 

>>> Centre for Fine Arts - BOZAR (Ravensteinstraat 23, 1000 Brussels), M hall - see map
>>> United States of Love : Thursday 1 December - 20:00
>>> I, Olga Hepnarova : Friday 2 December - 21:00
>>> Price per film €9 | €7

Brussels Cinema Days
"This year, to mark the 25th anniversary of the MEDIA Programme of the European Commission, which supports the development and distribution of the best films throughout the continent, the Brussels Cinema Days are focusing on European cinema. The festival, which features around twenty films and brings together thirty or so personalities, kicks off with A Wedding, screened in the presence of its Belgian director, Stephan Streker. This moving work tells the tale of a pregnant young Belgo-Pakistani girl who is forced to face up to parental pressure, and was selected at the last Toronto Film Festival. The Italian filmmaker Marco Bellochio will close the event with Sweet Dreams a disturbing film, which was screened at the 2016 Director’s Fortnight, in which a journalist is confronted with his childhood wounds. With new films such as United States of Love by Tomasz Wasilewski and Caini by Bogdan Mirica, and other, less recent prized works by Jaco Van Dormael and the Dardenne Brothers, the Brussels Cinema Days also want to build bridges between the past, present and future of cinema. This major event, which is just as much for the uninitiated as it for the discerning film-goer, is a BOZAR production. It has been made possible thanks to a fruitful collaboration with the Media Programme, CINEMATEK  and Visit Brussels." (BOZAR)

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United States of Love (PL, 2016, 104’, OV st FR/NL)
Poland, 1990. A wind of change is blowing. It’s the first euphoric year of freedom, but also of uncertainty about the future. Four seemingly happy women of different ages decide it’s time to change their lives, to fight for their happiness and fulfil their desires.

Tomasz Wasilewski

Born in 1980, Polish scriptwriter and director Tomasz Wasilewski started out with the low-budget feature film In a Bedroom, which premiered at the Karlovy Vary IFF in 2012. It was screened at numerous festivals and picked up several awards. His second feature film Floating Skyscrapers (2013) won the East of the West Debut Competition at the Karlovy Vary IFF, Best Director Award at Transilvania IFF and many more besides. United States of Love is his third feature film.
+++ The movie on the Bozar site

I, Olga Hepnarova
Olga is a lonely lesbian in 1970s Czechoslovakia. She leaves her cold-hearted family but can’t find her place in a society that rejects her. At 22 years of age, she decides to get her revenge.

Michalina Olszańska

Born in 1992, the actor, writer, violinist and singer graduated from the Zenon Brzewski School of Music in 2011 before moving on to the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music and the Aleksandr Zelwerowicz Theatre Academy. She chose to study acting. In spite of being so young, she has already acted in several films, including playing the lead role in the film The Lure.

+++ Find out more about this movie on the Bozar site


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