2014 WJFF GUIDE TO FILMS
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This year, the WJFF shines a spotlight on Polish Cinema. Comprised of contemporary narratives, documentaries and shorts as well as a new restoration of Molly Picon’s Mamale, we glimpse a country artistically grappling with a once-thriving Jewish past that is inexorably tied to its present day.

The Spotlight on Polish Cinema is supported by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland.

AFTERMATH
Dir. Władysław Pasikowski (104min, Poland/Holland/Russia/Slovakia, 2013)
In Polish with English Subtitles, Narrative

A tense and gripping thriller, the story of two brothers: Jozek and Franek, who discover a terrible secret and are forced to revise their perception of their father, their entire family, their neighbors, and the history of their nation.

  AUSCHWITZ ON MY MIND
Dir. Assaf Machnes (16min, Israel/Poland/UK, 2012)
In Hebrew with English Subtitles,
Narrative Short

Roy, a young Israeli teenager, visits Poland on a school trip between death camps and memorials. However, for Roy, Holocaust remembrance is not the only purpose of the Journey.

BINDING
Dir. Katarzyna Plazinska and Aaron Ellis (10min, Poland/USA, 2013)
Narrative Short

A wonderfully stylized update to the story of Isaac, which harkens to the paintings of Carravagio and the early German expressionism of Fritz Lang and Carl Meyer.

IDA
Dir. Pawel Pawlikowski (80min, Poland, 2013)
In Polish with English Subtitle
s, Narrative

Direct from its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, this Oscar-contender seamlessly weaves together two deeply resonant narratives of identity set in Poland in 1962
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MAMELE
Dir. Joseph Green and Konrad Tom (97min, Poland/USA, 1938)
In Yiddish and English with English Subtitles, Narrative

Molly Picon, “Queen of the Yiddish Musical,” shines as Mamele (little mother), the dutiful daughter keeping her family intact after the death of their mother.

THE JEWISH CARDINAL
Dir. Ilan Duran Cohen (90min, France, 2013)
In French, Latin and Polish with English S
ubtitles, Narrative

The Jewish Cardinal is based on the amazing true story of Jean-Marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants, who maintained his Jewish identity even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joined the priesthood.

THE MAN WHO MADE ANGELS FLY
Dir. Wiktoria Szymanska (68min, Poland/UK/France, 2013)
In Polish with English Subtitles, Documentary


Renowned puppeteer Michael Meschke and his family escaped from Nazi Germany to Sweden when he was a young boy. His childhood experience, and family lore, informed his philosophically rich marionette work.