Ekran Polish Fim Festival in Toronto

Posted Nov 6, 2014 by Bryen Dunn
The Ekran Polish Film Association presents the 6th Annual Polish Film Festival in Toronto; celebrating the greatest achievements of Polish filmmakers.
Director Roman Polanski
Roman Polanski is the director of films such as The Pianist and Rosemary's Baby
Photo by Academy Awards
The festival opened November 5th, 2014 with a sold-out star-studded gala, during which both Polish and Canadian moviemakers walked the red carpet at the Revue Cinema on Roncesvalles Avenue. It was quite an extravagant start to a five-day-long celebration of Polish Cinema, that continues until November 9th, 2014, with screenings at the Revue Cinema and the High Park Library. Each year, the festival continues to grow, as a greater variety of films are shown, attracting larger crowds of moviegoers to enjoy a great experience.
Screenings of the most recent achievements in Polish cinema will be shown, such as: LIFE FEELS GOOD by Maciej Pieprzyca, IN THE NAME OF by Malgoska Szumowska, IDA by Pawel Pawlikowski, ONE WAY TICKET TO THE MOON by Jacek Bromski, VENUS IN FUR by Roman Polanski, HARDKOR DISKO by Krzysztof Skonieczny and a series of short films and documentaries. Furthermore, in the foreign films segment, FUCK FOR FOREST by Michal Marczak will be shown.
Top Three Must See
1. Venus in Fur - November 7th at 9pm
Roman Polanski’s erotic comedy, phenomenally received by the critics and the audience of the Cannes Festival 2013. An adaptation of David Ives’s play, widely successful on Broadway, inspired by a novella of the same title by Leopold von Sacher-Masoch.
Thomas, a director, is looking for an actress to perform a leading role in his new play. A thorough audition fails to produce results. None of the candidate is apt for the role of the woman who signs a contract with a man to make him her slave. The disheartened director is about to leave when Wanda rushes into the theatre. She seems impertinent, ill-bred, desperate and…unprepared. When Thomas reluctantly agrees to give her a chance the actress goes through a stunning metamorphosis.
2. One Way Ticket To The Moon - November 8th at 630pm
Year 1969. Adam is called into the People’s Army of Poland for military service in the submarine unit of the Navy. Joined by his older brother Antoni, he sets off for the military base in Świnoujście. On their journey, which lasts several days, they visit some old friends, as well as meet some new people. Antoni’s plan is to prepare Adam for the army life.
3. Hardkor Disco - November 8th at 9pm
„Hardkor”, spelled in a polonized fashion, is a term that describes our times. It entered our everyday language to signify something surprising, ruthless, and yet attractive and alluring through its aura of danger. At the same time, „disko” is a word from a bygone era, from the times of our parents, filled with a very special kind of nostalgia. Marcin learns about something crucial to his own past, thus discovering his true identity. He comes to a big city to settle the score with the new reality – and to take revenge. Unexpectedly, he meets Ola, a girl that proves very close to him. Marcin enters her world of drugs, endless, bohemian parties and illegal car races. Though racked with doubt, he goes on to fulfil his plan. And yet, he cannot cope with the feelings that, in spite of their ties, grew between Ola and him. In this modern tragedy, the gods allow for a catharsis, but not for a happy ending. ‘Hardkor Disko’ is a story about a desperate search for identity, about guilt, revenge and punishment, and about impossible love. It is an attempt to portray the contemporary young generation.
On the closing evening on November 9th, awards will be presented for the following categories:
The JURY award of the 6th Toronto Polish Film Festival for the best feature film.
People’s Choice Award EKRAN 2014
The Best Short Film of EKRAN2014
The closing night features are "Foreign Body" at 7pm and "Neon" at 9pm. As in previous years, there will be an afternoon of free movie screenings held at the High Park Public Library, 228 Roncesvalles Avenue, that includes Kid;s Cinema, Shorts, and Documentaries..
The Revue Cinema
400 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto
Click here for a full schedule of times and movie descriptions.