17-09-2020

Special Screenings of 36. WFF Revealed!

In the most „starry” of our sections, we included stories of Czech car mechanics in love with Elvis, outsiders, ex-cons, writers, nuns and window cleaners. We visit them in their natural surroundings and they, although quite reluctantly, open their doors to their fascinating worlds. See these stories on the big screen – stories awarded at major film festivals, with Maya Hawke, Andrew Garfield, James Norton, Ivan Trojan, Lili Taylor, Elisabeth Moss and Sandra Huller in the lead. A truly explosive mixture!

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THE BANGER / FURA / BOURÁK dir. Ondřej Trojan, Czechia 2020, 110 min.

A Black comedy about everything that can happen because of a summer storm, a set of golf clubs, rock and roll, and one incredibly angry daughter.

BANKSY MOST WANTED / POSZUKIWANY BANKSY dir. Aurélia Rouvier, Seamus Haley, Laurent Richard, France 2020, 90 min.

The directors use a journalistic approach to follow clues in search of an answer to the question: who is  Banksy? How does someone so provocative, who excites so many, manage to keep anonymous for so long?

CONFERENCE / KONFERENCJA / KONFERENTSIYA dir. Ivan I. Tverdovskiy, Russia, Estonia, Italy, UK 2020, 129 min.

Seventeen years after the terrorist attack on the Dubrovka Theatre. A survivor returns to the crime scene to confront her survivor’s guilt. The film premiered at the Venice Film Festival.

EXILE / WYGNANIE / EXIL dir. Visar Morina, Niemcy, Belgium, Kosowo 2020, 121 min.

A Kosovo-born pharmaceutical engineer living in Germany feels discriminated against and bullied at work, which throws him into an identity crisis. Featuring award-winning German actress Sandra Huller (“Toni Erdmann”) as his wife.

HAVEL / HAVEL dir. Slávek Horák, Czechia 2020, 104 min.

The first feature film about Vaclav Havel - the Czech playwright, human rights activist and politician who passed away in 2011. It’s film about the man, not the legend.

LUPIN III THE FIRST / LUPIN III THE FIRST dir. Takashi Yamazaki, Japonia 2019, 93 min.

A wild adventure in which Arsene Lupin III, grandson of the famous gentleman thief, searches for a mysterious book containing the secret to a powerful energy. Feature length animation.

THE MACALUSO SISTERS  / SIOSTRY MACALUSO / LE SORELLE MACALUSO dir. Emma Dante, Italy 2020, 94 min.

 A poignant film about time and memory; about things that last; about people who are still alive after their passing. The sisters are based on the characters from Emma Dante’s award-winning play of the same title.

MAINSTREAM / MAINSTREAM reż. Gia Coppola, USA 2020, 94 min.

A story about social media and its nefarious effects on the human psyche. Gia Coppola’s debut film premiered at the Venice Film Festival.


MAINSTREAM / MAINSTREAM reż. Gia Coppola

NADIA, BUTTERFLY / NADIA, MOTYLEK dir. Pascal Plante, Canada 2020, 107 min.

An intimate film that takes a behind-the-scenes look at the world of athletic performance. The portrait of a swimmer mourning the end of her career, painted from an original perspective.

NOWHERE SPECIAL / NIESZCZEGÓLNE MIEJSCE dir. Uberto Pasolini, UK, Italy, Romania 2020, 92 min.

A single father dedicates the last few months of his life to finding a new family for his four-year-old son.


NIESZCZEGÓLNE MIEJSCE / NOWHERE SPECIAL reż. Uberto Pasolini

PAPER SPIDERS / PAJĄKI Z PAPIERU dir. Inon Shampanier, USA 2020, 91 min.

A bittersweet story about coming of age in the shadow of mental illness. Lili Taylor stars as the mother and Stefania LaVie Owen plays the daughter.

SHADOW COUNTRY / KRAINA CIENIA / KRAJINA VE STÍNU dir. Bohdan Slama, Czechia, Slovakia 2020, 134 min.

A shocking story about a borderland region and its Czech and Austrian inhabitants after World War II. A very relevant film about real events and their protagonists.

SHIRLEY / SHIRLEY dir. Josephine Decker, USA 2020, 106 min.

Shirley Jackson (Elizabeth Moss), a famous horror writer, seeks inspiration for her next book and takes in a young couple. Special Jury Award at this year’s Sundance festival.

SHORTA / SHORTA dir. Anders Ølholm, Frederik Louis Hviid, Denmark 2020, 108 min.

A powerful, uncompromising story delving into a simmering conflict of our time, seen from both sides of the fence.

TRUE MOTHERS / PRAWDZIWE MATKI / ASA GA KURU dir. Naomi Kawase, Japan 2020, 140 min.

A touching story based on Mizuki Tsujimura’s bestselling novel about two strong women - an adoptive mother from the Japanese middle class and a desperate young woman who doesn’t want to be

erased from her child’s life. The film was in the official selection for this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

UNSOUND / NIESŁYCHANE dir. Ian Watson, Australia 2020, 88 min.

A love story about a guitarist and a transgender man who fight to save a nightclub for the deaf.

YELLOW CAT / ŻÓŁTY KOT  / ZHELTAYA KOSHKA dir. Adilkhan Yerzhanov, Kazakhstan, France 2020, 90 min.

A warm-hearted comedy about a man who’s got a gun, a girl and a dream: to open a cinema in the Kazakh mountains.

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36th Warsaw International Film Festival, organised by the Warsaw Film Foundation, is supported by The Capital City of Warsaw, Polish Film Institute, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, and Marshal's Office of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship. The WFF Sponsors and Partners are: Epson, Fabryka Wyobraźni, Going. The Official Carrier are LOT Polish Airlines. The Festival Cinemas are Kinoteka and Multikino Złote Tarasy. Our Film Industry Partner in China is Film Factory. The official cars are provided by MB Motors. The Festival Hotel is Marriott Warsaw. The Media Partners are: AMC, Co Jest Grane 24, Filmweb, K MAG, Onet, SundanceTV, and Radio Zet. Our shipper is DHL.

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