In November 2015, the Poland Film Festival - an annual review of Polish films in Japan - was held in Tokyo for the fourth time. During the seven-day event, Japanese audience had the opportunity to see both latest productions and famous classics of Polish cinema.
In 2015 Poland Film Festival offered its audience a rich and varied programme. For the first time, the event not only presented the greatest classics of Polish cinema, but also recent films released between 2013 and 2015. The programme also included works of the graduates of the National Film School in Łódź, Andrzej Wajda's selected masterpieces and special screenings of films that enjoyed the biggest popularity among the Festival's audience in previous years. Among these titles, shown as part of the "Encore" section, was The Saragossa Manuscript by Wojciech Jerzy Has, Krzysztof Krauze's The Debt, Oscar-winning Ida and Maciej Pieprzyca's Life Feels Good.
The festival section presenting latest Polish cinema, titled "Polish Cinema Now", featured two short films nominated for 2015 Academy Awards, as well as two recent films about the Warsaw Uprising directed by Jan Komasa. One of them, Warsaw Uprising, is a nonfiction project, attempting to give a true picture of the Uprising, constructed entirely out of documentary footage. The other one, Warsaw 44 , is a moving and spectacular film with lots of special effects, depicting the Uprising from the point of view of its youngest participants. Both films are an attempt to retell the Uprising again, 58 years after Andrzej Wajda directed his famous film Canal, which also was shown at the Festival in the section presenting Wajda's works. The programme of the event also included The Singing Napkin, a film directed by Mariusz Grzegorzek, Rector of the National Film School in Łódź.
Poland Film Festival was created and is carried out on the initiative of Mr. Nobuo Murata, the head of the Mermaid Films - a distributor of foreign films, including many Polish titles, in Japan. Thanks to his commitment, such Polish films as Four Nights with Anna, Essential Killing or Jerzy Skolimowski's films from the 1960s, as well as works of other Polish cinema masters, including Andrzej Wajda, Jerzy Kawalerowicz and Roman Polański, were released on DVD in Japan. Murata was also the organizer of the Japanese Film Review in Warsaw, held in 2013 on the occasion of the visit of Japan's Prime Minister Mr. Shinzō Abe to Poland.
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