Polish festival kicks off with 'Stone Silence' and 'Joanna'
The Austin Polish Film Festival gets under way this weekend with a high-quality lineup of features, documentaries and shorts, with directors Krzysztof Kopczynski and Feliks Falk discussing their new movies tonight .
Kopczynski, the Polish director of "The Stone Silence," will discuss the tradition of stoning adulterers in Afghanistan, and Falk will answer questions about "Joanna,"a drama that deals with a Polish woman's efforts to save a Jewish girl during the Holocaust.
The festival will also host a weeklong poster exhibit, highlighting the work of Rafal Olbinski at Marchesa Hall & Theater. The acclaimed artist, illustrator and designer will host a workshop Sunday.
This is the sixth year for the festival, which presents movies in Polish with English subtitles.
Details on the festival, which began Thursday, are as follows:
6:30 p.m. "The Stone Silence," directed by Kopczynski. This documentary, set in northern Afghanistan, examines the events surrounding the stoning of a woman for adultery in 2005. The stoning was sanctioned by the family of the woman, whose husband moved to Iran for work. The director will participate in a question-and-answer session after the screening. Texas Spirit Theater, Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
8 p.m. "Joanna," directed by Falk. This feature deals with a woman in Krakow, Poland, who tries to rescue a Jewish girl during the Holocaust. Urszula Grabowska stars as Joanna, and Sara Knothe plays the Jewish girl. Falk will attend the screening and answer audience questions. At the Texas Spirit Theater.
Noon to 4 p.m. A free event at the Carver Museum and Cultural Center, with children's films and activities.
6:30 p.m. "Little Rose," directed by Jan Kidawa-Blonski. In 1967, as rebellion was sweeping the U.S., another kind of movement — a push for democracy — began in Eastern Europe. This feature takes a look at the Polish government's efforts to suppress the movement. Texas Spirit Theater.
8:30 p.m. "The Entanglement," directed by Jacek Bromski. This thriller is based on the best-selling detective novel by Zygmunt Mi\u0142oszewski. It stars Marek Bukowski as detective Smolar and Maja Ostaszewska as prosecutor Agata Szacka.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with composer Ludek Drizhal and vocalist Kasi Painter. Texas Spirit Theater.
1 to 3 p.m. Rafal Olbinski, a presentation and workshop by the famed painter, illustrator and designer. Marchesa Hall & Theater.
4 p.m. "The Winner," directed by Wieslaw Saniewski. A famous Polish American pianist battles depression after his wife leaves him. Texas Spirit Theater.
6 p.m. "Venice," directed by Jan Jakub Kolski. An 11-year-old boy who dreams of visiting Venice tries to escape the outbreak of war in Poland in 1939 by hiding in his aunt's basement. Texas Spirit Theater.
6 p.m. Animation, short features and documentary shorts. At the Marchesa Hall & Theater.
8:30 p.m. "All That I Love," directed by Jacek Borcuch. A rebellious Polish teenager forms a punk rock band in 1981, but family tensions erupt. With a Q&A with actor Andrzej Chyra. Marchesa.
The Austin Polish Film Festival